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Standing in Line for Government Cheese

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My mother always kept a full pantry, but I didn’t understand the financial struggle that food represented until I had children of my own. Mom grew up on a farm during the Great Depression. They had fresh vegetables, but store-bought food was too expensive.

“Everyone knew who the poor kids were,” she told me. “We had cold biscuits for lunch, the other kids had sandwiches made with store-bought…

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