Share Your Story

Behind the the numbers–millions, billions, even trillions–of proposed or enacted cuts by Congress lie the stories of people. People like you have been affected in many ways by the ongoing Congressional efforts to cut the budget.

We invite you to tell us briefly–in no more 100 words–about how the ongoing budget battle has affected you, your family, your friends, or people in your faith community.

By submitting your story, you grant us permission to verify your story, to publish it, and to perhaps expand the story so that it can be shared with a wider public. Unless you expressly grant it, we will use only your first initial and last name and town or city and state. If you have a photo of yourself (the higher the resolution, the better), please attach it or send it by email to:

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Our Stories
  • Ofelio – Washington, D.C.

    What Ofelio needs but cannot obtain is a start-up loan. A few thousand dollars would allow him to move his business out of his home kitchen, but by banking standards his business is too small and too risky. More

  • Tara Marks – Pittsburgh

    “This was not a question of availability of food, but a question of affording it. I did not live in a food desert; I lived in a food mirage. I had many grocery stores around me, but I could not afford to go in and shop.” More

  • Barbie Izquierdo – Philadelphia

    “I feel like America has this huge stigma of how families are supposed to eat together at a table,” Barbie says, “but they don’t talk about what it takes to get you there or what’s there when you're actually at the table.” More

  • Sheila Edwards Howard – Chicago

    “Hold on until times of change” and “keep moving.” More

  • Alli Morris – Bend, Ore.

    I get vouchers for cheese, milk, berries, vegetables, beans, tortillas, and bread…[My child] wouldn’t be as healthy as he is without WIC because he wouldn’t have everything he needs. I would not have been able to supply all of that [food]. More

Share Your Story
Tell us how federal budgets cuts have affected you, your friends, your family, or members of your faith community.