Most adults have learned how to survive when money is tight: mac and cheese, ramen, the Dollar Menu at your favorite fast food place. Sure, it’s not healthy, but you can get by.

Unfortunately, children can’t afford to “get by”. Their brains and bodies are developing at an incredible rate, and there’s no second chance at early childhood development. Moreover, that rapid growth requires the right mix of healthy foods in the right proportions.

Thankfully, there are nutrition assistance programs of many kinds, from the federal government to local non-profits, ready to help families who need support for child nutrition. This Native American mother overcomes her pride and uses available resources to provide healthy foods for her children.