(Washington Post) — The crockpot was stuffed with turkey wings, green peppers and rice. The aromatic stew sat on a table in Keyona Sills’s kitchen, gurgling and ready for her two children, her mother, her brother and a family friend who had just walked in the door.”You cook tonight?” asked the family friend. Sills nodded. It had been a long day of looking for work, applying for jobs and paying bills, and she was tired. But it was time to eat, so she got up to serve the meal. Sills, 26, lost her job as a custodian at Walter Reed Army Medical Center five months ago. Now, she receives $350 a week in unemployment, placing Sills and her children just below the poverty line.
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