Since he was eight years-old and his mother died from cancer, Mary* has cared for her grandson with severe autism. He cannot speak or care for himself. For fourteen years she has looked after him. It hasn’t been easy to do on a limited, fixed income. She counted on the free breakfast and lunch her grandson would get at school to ensure that they had enough to eat.
The task of caring for her grandson has gotten harder as Mary has gotten older and frailer. Heart disease, a