Growing up poor is hard in a lot of ways. From personal experience though, the hardest part might be the social stigmas it carries and the scars they leave behind. From WIC to Food Stamps to Community Meals, each program that helps feed you also hurts your soul a little. For me, it happened more than once while getting a Free School Lunch. It was usually six words spoken by the kids behind me in line. “Why doesn’t he have to pay?” How do you answer that question as an eight-year-old?

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