An extra mouth to feed with no extra money

Esther is a single mum with two young children. One of her children has behavioural problems, which means she can't work fulltime, which in turn keeps her income low. 

Then Esther's sister died, leaving a young son without a home. Esther took her nephew in to live with them, and is now applying to foster him, a lengthy administrative process. In the meantime Esther, already struggling on a low income, has an extra mouth to feed with no extra help from benefits until the relevant paperwork has been put in place. The professionals working with Esther have been able to provide her with Foodbank vouchers to help her through this difficult time of re-adjustment.