My personal success included a stint on food stamps

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Opinion

December 24, 2019 - 9:51 AM

A woman holds a bag of pears as she waits in line at the Richmond, Calif., Emergency Food Bank. (Justin Sullivan/TNS)

As a child, I often walked the short distance from my family’s tenement house in Woonsocket, R.I., to the neighborhood store to buy milk and bread.

I paid with food stamps, which my family needed until we didn’t just a few short years later. With four growing boys in the family, we were always running out of milk and bread.

Today, I’m the president of a national financing and leasing firm. I worked hard to go from a working poor upbringing to where I am today, but I didn’t do it alone. I’ve been fortunate to have some people guide and lift me up over the years.

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