When Alyssa’s employer downsized and laid her off, she was on her own. The father of the baby had left her by herself to take care of their two-year-old son. This was the first time the young mom had ever been unemployed. “I have been working since I was seventeen and have never had to ask for any help, but I will not let my child go hungry,” she sighed as she sat down in the interview room. When the interviewer brought her a used car seat, clothing, and two weeks worth of groceries including fresh milk and eggs, Alyssa burst into tears of relief. “I promise I will give back. You all have helped me so much!” she said with a smile.