The speaker makes an offhand comment about the prevalence of hunger in American children. Some in the audience are shocked and appalled, some are not surprised and don’t react.

Meanwhile, I groan inside as my brain forces me through a flashback.

Seventh grade. The school district’s budget was dwindling because of the recession, and something had to be cut, and one of the things that the administrators saw fit to cut was the free and reduced lunches. So portions got smaller, they switched to smaller cartons of milk and they got rid of the salad bar. I, and most of the other kids who relied on the lunches as their only food during the school day, who can’t afford to pack a little ziplock bag of Goldfish crackers, starved.

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