Published in the New Haven Register Sunday, February 26, 2012, by Steve Higgins, Special to the Register
After her daughter died from leukemia, Pamela (not her real name) took in her two grandsons, ages 12 and 13. A widow in her 60s, Pamela is raising the two middle-school students on her own.
Before Pamela obtained help from the Grandparents Raising Grandchildren program, the household diet consisted of nearly all carbohydrates, because that’s what she could afford. Breakfast was toast and peanut butter, lunch was ramen noodles and dinner featured pancakes most nights.