By Kathryn J. Edin, H. Luke Shaefer
Jessica Compton’s family members of 4 could don't have any money source of revenue until she donated plasma two times every week at her neighborhood donation heart in Tennessee. Modonna Harris and her teenage daughter Brianna in Chicago frequently don't have any nutrition yet spoiled milk on weekends.
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To Modonna, that seemed as good an answer as any. “I don’t actually know anybody who is getting it. . ’” Despite her now desperate circumstances, Modonna was deeply reluctant even to go to the DHS office and apply for the cash welfare program. Finally, after much persuasion, she relented. Much of the time, when you ask for help from the government, you can expect the process to take a long time. ) Once you get a number, you wait for your name to be called so you can see the caseworker and provide the required documentation.
After another few minutes, an official-looking woman with a clipboard emerges from a closed door at the side of the waiting room. m. and got a number from the staff person who was on duty at the time. Finally, she reaches Modonna. ” Modonna shakes her head no. “Well, you’ll have to come back tomorrow,” she says. m.? Everyone knows you have to get here by at least 7:30, a full hour before the office opens. As the woman moves on, delivering the same grim message over and over, most people shuffle off.
The carpeting in the front room has been discolored by footsteps and spills, and its matted surface feels a bit sticky. Where the carpet has worn away, there are the crumbling remains of black-and-white linoleum. Where the linoleum has worn through, there are the vestiges of once-fine hardwood floors. At the back of the house, a giant 1980s-era refrigerator dominates a small kitchen outfitted with open shelving and a porcelain sink that may well be a century old. Inside the refrigerator, there are just a few bottles of baby formula that Susan has gotten from the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children, called WIC.
$2.00 A Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America by Kathryn J. Edin, H. Luke Shaefer