TJ grew up in a home where she had readily available food most of the time. Unfortunately, fast food and junk food are many times quick, easy and cheaper than eating healthy meals. Throughout adulthood, TJ has had a few prolonged periods of unemployment or under employment. One time, she lived in a motel that was paid for by a church, and she utilized a local food pantry. It was challenging because she had a tiny refrigerator for storage and microwave for cooking. She had a car and cell phone, which she needed to get and keep employment. She is in a better place these days, but is humbled to remember darker times and to see folks having to use food banks for the first time. TJ has volunteered to twist balloon animals for several charities and houses of worship over the years to give back as much as possible.