James, Prowers County
James’ Story: In 1989 I went through a shocking and terrible divorce. In 1991 I was awarded custody of 3 of my children ages, 6, 4 and 2. To support my children, we lived in a subsidized housing program and received food stamps. I was employed with the Arizona Department of Economic Security as a Public Assistance Case Manager. It was an experience I never forgot. Years later I returned to college and studied Culinary Arts and Nutrition, while taking a job with Santa Rosa County Florida School District as a cafeteria manager. I remember the pain and hunger I saw first-hand in certain school children, ranging in pre-kindergarten to high school. I became involved in the School Nutrition Association and attended annual legislative weeks where school nutrition was addressed. I discovered my love for advocating and working to help all children receive their daily nutritional needs through school food service. Through my career I have been involved in nutrition through helping to feed school children, long term care of the elderly, Meals on Wheels, corrections, the US Military and acute care nutrition. Shortly after taking the position of Food and Nutrition Services Manager at Prowers Medical Center in Lamar, I was presented with the opportunity to participate in the Hunger Through My Lens project. I excitedly jumped on board with my wife, Sondee, who has submitted photos as well. I look forward to a continuing venture with the Hunger Through My Lens project, and nutrition in the beautiful state of Colorado.