Hunger Action Month: One woman’s story of surviving suicidal thoughts

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BATH, N.Y. (WETM) – Laura Cobb has had her share of dark times.

Those dark times of experiencing poverty, homelessness, and drug addiction are something that Cobb wished to be in the rearview mirror.

Even more dangerous, were her thoughts of suicide due to a life she felt was not going her way.

According to her, she couldn’t go on.

Visibly shaken up by the thought of her hardships and triumphs, Cobb broke down. Raw emotions and all. But, she quickly re-adjusted, gathered herself and explained her story of courage.

“I literally didn’t care if I got ran over,” said Cobb. “When I said I give up. I can’t do this,” Cobb continued.

But one constant got her through. And that was her faith.

“There’s God. In my moment to help me get there, God literally kicked the doors of my heart down,” Cobb continued.

And it seems Laura is well on her way to bettering her life. But my no means was this rise to mental wellness an easy feat.

Her background, not dissimilar to others in the Southern Tier who battle with economic hardships, has shaped molded her into the woman she has become. Evolved.

She now lives with her husband on about $700 a month (after housing costs) and uses Mobile Food Pantries to supplement her food budget. She runs community meals. She also was recently invited to sit on some advisory boards for organizations serving people in need.

More than 72,000 of our neighbors struggle with hunger and may not know where they’ll find their next meal. Hunger affects many people in our region,

Including those who work full-time jobs, disabled individuals, seniors, and children.

38% of the people served are children; 18% are seniors.

And this September, the Food Bank of the Southern Tier joins Feeding America food banks across the country to take part in Hunger Action Month and inspire people to take action and raise awareness of the fact that 40 million Americans, including 12.5 million children and 5.5 million seniors, are food insecure.

For more on the Food Bank of the Southern Tier and their initiative for Hunger Action Month, click here.

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