Shaniqua Davis works at a McDonald's in New York City where she earns minimum wage, $7.25 an hour.
If her rent were not paid for by public assistance, she and her 1-year-old daughter would be homeless.
The 20 year old says her weekly paycheck is $150 or less.
"One of my paychecks, I only got $71 on there. So I wasn't able to do much with that. My daughter needs stuff, I need to get stuff for my apartment," Davis told the Associated Press (video below).
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"It's really hard. If I didn't have public assistance to help me out, I think I would have been out on the street already with the money I make at McDonald's."
She spends her meager wages on food, diapers, subway fares and other expenses.
Fast-food workers participated walkouts today in numerous cities to urge restaurants such as Burger King, McDonald’s and KFC to pay their employees $15 an hour, noted USA Today.
Scott DeFife, a spokesman for the National Restaurant Association, claims that low wages exist because most fast-food workers are younger and have little work experience.
However, NBC News reported earlier this year that 42% of restaurant and fast-food employees are now over the age of 25.