How do you feel about your experience with SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program)?

When I think about people in Appalachia that can’t even access the grocery stores who accept EBT, I can’t imagine their struggle. I am lucky, but I still struggle. I only receive a small amount a month, and although my circumstances have changed and its has become somewhat easier to afford food – it’s still hard to get by.

What would your life look like without safety net programs like SNAP and Medicare?

I am so grateful to have family and friend support, something many folks do not have in their lives. Without their help I can’t imagine what I would do.

If you could express to your representatives the importance of these programs, what would you say?

I want our leaders to actually hear our stories, because if they were in our shoes they would better understand who we are. Without my benefits, I would be hopeless, I rely on the public housing and food assistance they might want to take away.

What would you like people to take away from your experience?

When I needed help, I asked for it. The most important thing to know is that there is help out there where you reach out. I want to give a special thanks to:

My Family & Friends

The NAMI Staff & Members

Northwood Health Systems

Catholic Charities Neighborhood Center

The Soup Kitchen of Greater Wheeling

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