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The project:

This project tracks and records the lives of squatters, or dirty kids, in Gainesville.

Squatting involves living on the streets, in abandoned buildings or with anybody who will house you.

Squatters travel from town to town by hitchhiking, train hopping or any other way they can figure out.

While there is always a risk with the police, violence or being taken advantage of, many squatters feel it's the only way to live.

How to find food

If at first you don't succeed, try and try again. Stop at every dumpster, every restaurant and every grocery store, look everywhere and ask everyone for food. Eventually, you will find a gold mine (for example, Publix, Winn-Dixie, Mother Earth Market and Krispy Kreme were amazing for me).

If you see a dumpster, try diving in it. You never know what you might find. Some restaurants have horrible dumpsters, but you might hit a dumpster just at that time where it has fresh food in it.

When someone walks by with a "white box," or any leftovers, then don't be afraid to ask for the leftovers. If the person says no, then oh well. If he or she says yes, then you've scored some food.

When you're really hungry and you don't want any more donuts from Krispy Kreme, then buy a burrito for 89-cents at Taco Bell. It's the cheapest food you'll spend.

Grocery stores can have some of the best food because usually when it's thrown out, it's still in a container, so it's still clean. Try all of the grocery stores, but watch out for "dragons." Dragons are trash compactors; if you find a dumpster that is a trash compactor, then don't even bother with it. Go to the next dumpster instead.

Carry a reusable water container on your backpack, it will help you keep from dehydrating because you can refill it at most fast food restaurants.