… When I get home with my backpack, I unload it, put the food away, eat a granola bar, drink two juice boxes and eat the apple … I feel good about getting a backpack. Since my mother was fired, we don’t have a lot of money so that’s pretty much what I eat all weekend. During the rest of the week, I cook up some noodles that I’ve saved from the bag. If I didn’t get a backpack, I would go without eating or eat a can of vegetables. I have gone a day without eating before.” 

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