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“Watch your fingers!”

Jennifer repositions her seven-year-old daughter’s hand on the knife. Sophia is cutting strawberries. She is small for her age and a chair is pulled up backwards to the counter for her to stand on. Jennifer pulls Sophia’s hair back from her face and fastens it in a ponytail as she works. Her brother, Greg, is doing homework in the living room.

“The strawberries are from the pantry,” explains Jennifer. “But the yogurt is from the store.”

“We mix and match everything. The kids eat breakfast and lunch at school. What I can buy at the grocery store, I buy. But I really don’t make enough to get all the food we need, so we go once a month to the pantry. There we can get staples: pasta, peanut butter, canned soup. This time though– strawberries! Sophia’s favorite!”