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