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Jessica knows the pain of not being able to feed her baby. Not because she didn’t want to, but because she couldn’t afford to.
She came in to Cityteam holding an infant who was screaming so loudly she could barely hear us ask, “Has your baby been fed today?”
“No,” Jessica said.
It was noon. The precious baby had likely not eaten in at least 18 hours.
You see, there’s no grocery store in the heart of the city of Chester. Moms like Jessica spend their last dollars buying food, diapers and other staples at the highest cost from convenience stores. A can of baby formula can cost as much as $32.
We fed the baby quickly and of course, he stopped crying. That day, a few cents worth of formula calmed a hungry, frightened child and may have even saved a life.
Moms like Jessica are working as hard as they can to feed their children, but sometimes they need a little extra help. That’s when Cityteam — and friends like you — are here for them.