Take a trip to one of those 24-hour Walmarts on the last day of every month, and you’ll get a glimpse into the lives of low-income families trying to get by. At one location in Fredericksburg, Va., at around 11 p.m., families start to load up on necessities like diapers and groceries.
People like Tracy and Martin Young live nearby, and for the pair in their early 30s, it’s a chance to shop quietly without their five children, two of whom are teenagers. Each is pushing a shopping cart overflowing with food. There’s mac and cheese, bags of cereal and cans of evaporated milk. Most of this has to last for the whole month.