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Marion Mattrazzo suffers from Cirrhosis of the Liver and lives on... News PhotoCirrhosis,Florida - US State,Gulf Coast States,Horizontal,Human Interest,USAPhotographer Collection: The Washington Post 2013 The Washington PostHOBE SOUND, FL - APRIL 14: Marion Mattrazzo, 54, suffers from Cirrhosis of the Liver and lives on about $7,000 per year. She gets a snuggle smooch from her cat named Kitty after she got back from the food pantry. She signed up for the SNAP program because what little income she has goes for medical related expenses (she's too young to be eligible for Medicare). She once had a vibrant construction company that suffered badly with the housing collapse in Florida. Adding to her difficulty was that her husband died two years ago. She now rents (for $200 a month) a100 square foot shack (pictured) that was tacked onto a garage. The SNAP program is a huge help to her but because she has no stove, she has to buy a lot of microwaveable foods. She's been feeling depressed of late about her current circumstances, 'I'm just existing at this point,' she said. Many low-income seniors qualify to participate in the S.N.A.P. (food stamps) program but do not receive the benefit, often because they are too proud or unaware of it. Photo by Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post via Getty Images