A decade ago, low-income Oregonians were forced to choose between spending money on healthcare and food. Today, that trade-off has shifted to choosing between housing and eating
On a bad day, Amy Knight skips a meal, sometimes two, so her daughters can eat. On a worse day, Knight’s eldest child, 15-year-old Lexi, goes without as well so there is food for her younger sister, Sage.
“You hope your kids have a better life than you. When you skip meals, and your eldest child skips meals, it’s no way to live. It’s miserable. I hate it,” said Knight.