33_20130421191028_1105668_large[fusion_builder_container hundred_percent=Javaris and Jaxson are both second graders at Irving Park Elementary. While they are in similar situations, the two boys couldn’t be more different. One is tall and one is short. One has serious eyes that reflect the weight of the world, while the other has eyes that dance with excitement. They are both little boys who have moms that are trying their best, but cannot make ends meet.

As soon as Jaxson started at Irving Park, his mom got in touch with the school social worker. At his old school he had been a recipient of food from BackPack Beginnings, and she desperately wanted him to be able to continue receiving a bag of food every weekend. As a single mom on food stamps, she is doing the best she can to feed Jaxson and his brother. Getting a bag for both of them helps keep them full, especially when the food stamps aren’t enough.

Javaris’s short life has been hard. Several years ago his house burned down and his family lost a lot. He has changed schools multiple times because losing their home has forced his mom to move them around. Now finally living with his grandmother, Javaris is back at Irving Park and getting settled into his new classroom. He began receiving his bag from BackPack Beginnings and it has been a big help. With very little money, no real home, and little food, the food in his bag is making a huge difference in his hunger level.

Both boys are excited to get their bags and look forward to seeing what they contain each week. Javaris loves the fruit cups, and Jaxson looks forward to Vienna sausages. With so little stability in their lives, knowing that a bag of food is coming each week is a huge relief to both them and their caregivers.

All children’s names have been changed

Written on 4/29/2013 by Blogger Thea DeLoreto