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  • Britney Alyse

    I'm always surprised when single people can't live on $50 a week when my mom feeds a family of four on that much.
    I don't agree with the cuts because I know how important they are but people do need to learn to budget.
    The healthy food fills you up more than the cheap food, so you can buy less.
    Foods high in protein are more filling than those that are not. You're left hungry so you buy more food. When, in reality, you don't need to do that.
    People, in general, need to get better at budgeting & eating nutriously. That won't solve the problem but it'd help people be healthier & wealthier.
    As far as taking from SNAP, there are probably dozens of programs that could be cut besides this one. I don't know much about politics & those programs but it seems to me that the ones that are cut are the ones we're willing to use our tax dollars for as opposed to those that we do not want our money to go to.

    • missssteryash

      Agreed. I can easily go about $150 a month with a very health protein rich diet.

  • Sharon Kelly

    For all those lambasting Laura as to her education and choice to work at a non-profit which ultimately forced her to find additional means to take care of herself, let me provide you with this depiction: I work at a non-profit and I started as a contract worker before I was made a permanent employee. Picture this - a work situation with no health care benefits and low hourly compensation to boot. Plus no paid vacation time, let alone time to bereave the passing of loved ones (at the time my aunt passed away from throat cancer); meaning if I had to take time off I DID NOT GET PAID. True, working at a non-profit may not provide the 'glamorous' salary most college grads dream of, but I think those individuals are missing the point. Non-profit work of crucial to the benefit of all society, especially now in the wake of a very slow economic recovery. If Laura chose to go down the non-profit path, kudos to her. If she ran into financial straits, she did what she had to do to survive. She chose to elaborate her experience, and add more evidence to the fact that the US government is hurting its people by playing these political games.
    And by the way, I am a product of a working class family that graduated from what you could call an 'elite' university and have been in the non-profit sector since 1997. Imagine that.

  • courtney.h

    SNAP should not be cut! I was also an AmeriCorps VISTA in California receiving $200 a month, but I thought that was plenty as a single woman. One thing that did help was the food-stamp match program offered at the farmer's market. For every dollar I spent there, I received 1 free dollar to also spend there. It was brilliant, but it only lasted as long as the grant money. Cutting SNAP is not a good decision - if Obama's own wife is having this huge healthy eating campaign, than healthy food needs to become more affordable. Cutting food stamps will only make things worse, unless another initiative replaces it so everyone can afford healthy food.

    • LinJSol

      Yes Courtney, in summertime that helped soooo much! One has to seek out farmers who either naturally grow or organically grow their produce though, for I won't consume GMO/GE food if I can avoid it. I don't care to have additional health problems besides MS. Even if they assist people with these dollars, it goes back into the system and helps the people who are assisted; but also the farmers. I cannot comprehend why it is spending a horrendous amount of $$'s on war is okay on a daily basis, but to assist people with a decent number of $$'s to nourish theirs and their family's bodies and brain with food; has consistently been cut! I guess it's a matter of priorities? :(

  • LinJSol

    Thank you Laura for what you've written. Living independently again as of August of 2011, has been interesting and challenging. Although I live in a subsidized tiny apartment, I began with $200 myself on the bridge card for food. But someone who handled my "case" with the FIA made a mistake for about two years and $200 was incorrect, so they busted me down to I think it was $161; which losing $39 was quite a shock! They they boosted it up $7 to $168 several months or a year later, then several months ago took away five and now it stands @ $152! I just had an increase in SS of $11 which is a total of $722 SS per month. Utilities are included in my rent, but I have other bills to pay. Our government doesn't want the vulnerable or little people it seems to have any type of entertainment, especially when one has a chronic illness, (MS) with no social life; so I shouldn't be able to afford cable as my entertainment. I was in tears with a rep from Comcast in October in attempt to keep my bill down so that I had that little bit of entertainment. I have no relationship and just had to put my cat to sleep in January. I'm not feeling sorry for myself, because I know lots of other people have it worse off than I do. What causes me difficulty, is the wastefulness of our government and lack of compassion. There are people who are so challenged with everyday life and they don't want much, but when a government allows a corp. like Monsanto and dow and whomever else to schlock our food industry up as it has, so that people cannot even be safe consuming conventionally grown produce; that is TERRIBLE. I've been working with a lady helping me with MS for three and a half years. She wants me to consume as much organic as possible. Even if she didn't say that, I don't want to consume most conventionally grown produce; it's dangerous for our health! I'm filled with anxiety for myself as well as others, for there will be more cuts made and how much will I and so many others lose than we already have; to feed ourselves and family's? It just isn't right that the wealthy reap all the benefits that the poor and vulnerable have to pay for it cuts to food money! The elite of this country can afford to purchase anything they need, want and more! Why do they constantly take from us who have so little and what kind of a government has such a lopsided existence with their citizens that is supposed to be fair and just? Not this one that's for sure! MS has affected my brain, so to have to start all over again to plan how I will shop will be difficult, but I'm not even a family! Why is it also, that only 15 states and not 50 are affected by all the cuts in food $$'s? Why isn't it evenly spread out amongst all the states? This makes no sense to me at all!

  • Jordan Walker

    I appreciated the article and am interested in the discussion that it sparks. One aspect of the story that especially caught my attention was the mention near the end of the silence (and shame) around the need for assistance. I think this is a very important part of the meta-narrative that must be addressed to gain any real ground on transforming society. The comment about waste and long-term ineffectiveness within our nation's welfare system are ignored by liberal "do-gooders" at our own peril. Fighting to maintain these assistance programs as they are is, in my mind, a losing battle. We need to work together to imagine what true, long term solutions look like - and as small urban gardening initiatives know, it's then a very local, personal difficult journey to make a difference in very particular lives. I'm currently in Nairobi Kenya and am fascinated to see how far-reaching the indoctrination into "big development" is. Bureaucratic National Policy decisions must always be paired with courageous leadership (at all levels) offering inspiring imaginations and personal compassion and empathy in order for human communities to thrive.

  • leonard sheaffer

    I have met with the head of the snap program a couple years ago in Washington. There are people that really need this program & know how to buy nutritious foods, but there is also a lot of waste in the program also. Low income people have one of the biggest obesity problems. I think there should be better guidelines on what is considered eligible food. The head of the program said pop & potato chips are eligible food & it would to hard to determine if an energy drink was a food or not. There are guide lines in the WIC program. They could be established for the food stamp program. I think there should be food educational programs tied to receiving benefits. I don't think people should should get cash back on a SNAP purchase. I think there is enough fraud that could be eliminated in the program to save the amount of the cuts. One of big reasons for the cuts was to eliminate the automatic SNAP qualification because of receiving heating assistance. Some states were giving $1 assistance so people could qualify.

      • leonard sheaffer

        Stores are only going to supply what the customer demands. If a store buys small quantities of fresh produce they probably have to pay more & if it isn't sold it goes to waste. This may be part of the problem.

    • LinJSol

      Hello Leonard, I'm living with MS and use a bridge card. They've jerked me up and down and all around cutting giving back and cutting again what money I'm allotted to use. I happen to be someone who usually purchases healthy food and try to purchase as much organic produce as possible because GMO's frighten me yet it's okay as far as our government goes that those foods are sold even though research has been shown that they're not good for us. I may purchase a twelve pack of vernors or root beer once in a great while, but it usually lasts for anywhere from six months to a year. I don't have a habit of drinking soda. I do also purchase about once a month a bag of potato chips that are the store brand, but usually purchase a lot of produce and other ingredients to stretch my dollar. I use coupons, Meijer mperks and also specials and sales to stretch my $$'s. Being almost 66 y/o, I've learned a lot about nutrition over the years and know how to cook. I am anxious about how much more will be cut and why it is that these cuts will only affect 15 out of 50 states? That seems awfully strange that they don't spread it out evenly through the country, because it seems that maybe that way not so much will be cut from people. I don't think it's fair and some people are really hurting because of this.

      • leonard sheaffer

        Research has not shown that GMO,s are bad . I've watched all the movies & read the articles on GMO's. Most people don't understand how GMO's are produced or what they are. The BTgene in corn is a protein that the bug can't digest. Humans can. It is an approved spray on organically produced food. By using this gene , the farmer does not have to us poisonous chemicals to kill the bugs. See the following article about one new mother that was buying non-GMO's www.slate.com/articles/double_x/the_kids/2014/01/organic_vs_conventional_produce_for_kids_you_don_t_need_to_fear_pesticides.html .
        I'm sure there are many people on food stamps that do a good job of budgeting & purchasing nutritious food. I'm also sure that there is a segment that could use some guidance on these issues. These are the people I'm speaking too. In our state you can get $20 change back from a purchase. I had a friend that was in line at a Walgreens & the person in front of them was buying candy bars one at a time so they could get $20 change from each purchase. I've heard of people selling there food stamps for cash & stores that will redeem them for non food items. This is what needs to be cut from the program, not lowering the benefits of people that are using the program the way it should be used.

      • Alessandra Rizzotti

        Thank you for sharing your story, LinJSol. Have you found ways to eat healthy food on a budget?

        • LinJSol

          Hello Alessandra, thank you for asking. I have many times phoned the Earthbound co. requesting coupons from them in order to purchase their products. I most of the time shop at Meijer and fortunately the store is only a mile and a half, so I don't use much in the way of fuel to go there and back. I also use coupons and the Meijer mperks program. There is a list of the dirty dozen and another for the clean 15 according to Cornucopia Institute. I trust they and the EWG (Environmental Working Group) since they're watchdogs so to speak there to inform the citizens of toxic goings on and with good information about foods, practices of cos., good products; etc. I also look for savings that are offered by Meijer in other ways. When it comes toward the end of the month though, am usually anxious and if there happens to be a sale or special on a certain item that is organic or good for ones health, I try to find a way to purchase a little of it; even though I may be out of bridge card $$'s. What they in our government don't understand, is that many of us, family, single or whatever; are trying to deal with this difficult and challenging game called feeding ourselves and family and it isn't a fun game at all! Many of us make adjustments and do the best we can and appreciate, though embarrassing at times to use the bridge card; the assistance we receive. We try so hard to make those $$'s stretch and don't purchase steak and lobster, or any other high priced items with the bridge card; yet purchase items to make meals stretch as well.

    • johnwcowan

      Obesity-causing food is the cheapest. WIC gives you specific foods, with no choice as to the type of food or sometimes even the brand.

      • LinJSol

        Hi John, they must have changed the WIC program. Because 25 years ago when I had my second child 15 years after the first, I had gone back to school at 39 y/o age. Unbeknownst to me, was the fact that I had MS in my system. All I knew is that there wasn't enough left of me to be a student, be a new mother and prepare healthy food for my child. I did breast feed her, but the WIC program at that time did allow me to purchase 1# of cheese, any cheese, 1 jar of any peanut butter, one box of any cereal and other choices which were my choice of which ones to purchase. I didn't purchase peanut butter with salt and sugar in it, no orange or pasturized processed cheese and no sugar sweetened cereal. I chose those purposely, because I knew they were better for my child and myself. Some people don't know that information, some don't care either. But I did care and made the best use of it as I could, as I do with the bridge card, with sales; coupons and any other way I can stretch a dollar.

  • Chad Steele

    It shows the caliber of feral animals inhabiting the halls of government.
    The puppet clowns passing this piece of garbage should be not only tarred, feathered and set on fire but what ever is left should be deported.

  • girlalamode

    I'm reading elsewhere that it was $800M (not $8BN) in cuts... in other words, 1%.
    Still, I think it's vile to go after SNAP and school lunch programs. It's just wrong.

    • LinJSol

      A government would have to care about their citizens first, not to take what nourishes little children's bodies out of their mouths! This government only cares about the elite and the corrupt and greedy corps. like Monsatan, Dow and any other; that goes along with their toxic program! It boggles my mind that this country is not the America that I grew up in, despite the lies we were fed/taught in school year after year. It's just not the same as it used to be. Politics is a joke and I don't believe I'll vote again either, for our votes don't make any difference. We just keep electing people who lie and wind up being just as destructive and phony as the last and so on and so on.

      • Chase41

        I don't know how old you are. I am 65. In the America I grew up in families (extended families) fed their own children and churches stood by to help in hard times. The government has destroyed the nuclear family by handouts and the handouts will never be enough!

        PS Who is Monsatan (sic)

        • LinJSol

          Monsatan is the corrupt and greedy giant corp that this government has allowed to muck up our food industry with their GMO seeds, round up etc. I'll be 66 next month Chase and grew up in a poor family. I'm by myself living with MS and the little tiny bit of family I have lives quite a ways from me. I live in subsidized senior/health challenged people's apt. complex and believe me, I used to be proud to take care of raising my children and myself independent of any assistance. I even went back to school when I was 39 y/o in attempt to better my life, but unknown to me, was that MS had already affected my brain; so didn't graduate with the degree and goal I started toward. I think you are WRONG! You're lumping everyone together and every person has dealt with a different path in life. To say that this government has destroyed the nuclear family with handouts is not right. If you haven't walked my path, or other's paths; you have no idea what people have struggled with. Do you have any compassion in your heart and do you think that every person who receives any assistance from this government takes it willingly? You are again wrong if you do, because if there was any way I could work so I wouldn't have to be tied to this da-n government for anything; I'd be doing it! I used to do whatever needed to be done, including large lawn mowing jobs in summertime, so I could pay for my car insurance in wintertime. Not a good idea to stereotype people and though there are cheaters and liars, not everyone who receives assistance is either of those! :(

  • meg51577

    While I appreciate the message within this piece, I must disagree with the overall message. The food stamp program was started in 1939 to assist the hungry during the Depression. However, after the Depression was over the program continued in size and scope. The money to pay for this program has to come from somewhere, and as a nation we cannot afford to keep subsidizing SNAP on the same level as it has been in years past. I think the cuts were necessary and to be honest, insignificant in comparison to what we spend on the SNAP program overall.

    Instead of handing out SNAP cards I thinking calling the nation to begin gardening, preserving and canning should be resurrected. My suggestion is this: instead of having grass in the median of highways or allowing lots to stand vacant, gardens should be plated there to help feed people. Teach a man to fish, and you will feed him for a lifetime.

    • LinJSol

      Not everyone lives where gardening can happen all year round. How about all the money wasted on artillery and war.....do you feel fine about that? How about the elite getting all the tax breaks and others and people who are children, elderly and those living with chronic illnesses through no fault of their own. What are they supposed to do, curl up and die? How about wages so low that don't keep up with the cost of living expenses going up every year, every week, month, etc. What are people supposed to do who have six months of winter or more or are too sick to plant a garden. How about a government that allows a corrupt and greedy corporation to muck up our food industry, so that the food that is grown in the fields is tantamount to junk and unhealthy for human consumption; for then big pharm will gain a stronger hold on the country dispensing drugs with all kinds of side effects injurious to people's health! You are living in a fantasy world meg! There are vulnerable people through no fault of their own who sincerely need assistance and that is more darn important that the cost of war and lives of people fighting it for what, to lose their limbs and health or life for nothing! A compassionate country takes care of those who are vulnerable and cares about them and what nourishes their bodies and brains, beginning with the little ones that come into the world. Don't tell me about alllllllllllll the $$'s being spent on SNAP, more has been spent on fighter jets, ammunition and firearms, uniforms an all that rot! For nothing, for loss of life! Oh, not everyone can fish either, not everyone is near a well stocked lake to relax and put a line into the water to pull out some animal protein.

  • whitneyj03

    I also was on food stamps while in AmeriCorps. For everyone saying that is was a choice made by a person of privilege, you are assuming quite a bit. I grew up in a low-middle income family, and paid my way through a state college with student loans. I got a degree in architecture in 2009, and no one was hiring. I had the choice to work as a cashier, getting paid minimum wage, or join AmeriCorps, where I could continue learning job skills. I worked at least 40 (sometimes more) hours a week, and had a 3+ hour bus commute to get to my job. I also successfully helped over 20 families become homeowners in a time when no one was buying homes. By all means,if you think I was taking an easy way out at the expense of the government and taxpayers, you can think that. But what AmeriCorps and using government aid taught me the most is that no one is in any place to judge anyone else.

  • Solutioneur

    Laura:

    I appreciate your sharing your story. I would like to ask you a very simple but increasingly important question: are you willing to repay a portion of the SNAP benefits you received? As you have acknowledged, it was helpful. On a larger scale many welfare programs have been created to provide assistance and I have no quarrel with that, but as a country we cannot afford to subsidize everyone (business and individuals).

    Therefore, my question is very direct and very simple: do you feel an obligation to repay any of that assistance? Should our myriad of welfare programs be provided, at least partially, as a loan with the expectation of some sort of repayment when your life journey can afford that?

    Thank you.

    • Chad Steele

      You whine about $200 a month when corporate parasite steal Billions of times that and walk free. You really need to check out the corporate welfare given freely to the parasites running corporations.

      Blaming the victim and debt enslaving the victims is the realm of psychopaths and traitors...... long past time to start dealing with the scum.....

      • Solutioneur

        Chad: I didn't ask you Chad, but I gather from your response that "assistance" or help from our fellow citizens shouldn't be repaid. That's not sustainable. Surely you understand that.

        Btw, I believe corporate welfare should be repaid (in some part) as well. Anytime we, as a nation, help someone there should be an obligation to return that assistance - depending on the circumstances.

        Helping others should be our goal. Helping the "greater good" as well, but it isn't free. The idea that we can simply give our collective resources to individuals and business without any expectation of repayment will eventually bankrupt our country - that's simple math.

        • Chad Steele

          The expectation that 1% rich parasites can take all they want will bankrupt our country much quicker than paying a few poor people 200 buck a month.

          • LinJSol

            Thank you Chad! The greedy corrupt corporations, can afford to repay, whereas, lots of us, whether children, elderly or with chronic illnesses not brought on by the person; would have a difficult time with repayment. Believe it or not, part of my struggle living with MS, is that in Oct of 2000 when I wasn't able to work 40-55 hours per week anymore, interacting with people daily, down to no work and no public interactions; was very difficult for me. I hate like hell receiving anything from anyone and always had a work ethic, of doing whatever needed to be done; I did it and worked. Some people just don't understand how hard it can be for certain people. A lot of people were proud, as I was to take care of myself and my children when I had them; on my own without anyone's help. Now is a different story.

            • meg51577

              They don't get simple economics. The money has to come from somewhere.

              • Chad Steele

                You just really don't understand reality do you?

                Corporations and rich parasites steal Billions of times their share and you shriek that "The money has to come from somewhere"... it does the corporate criminals parasites that steal from all Americans should be forced to give it back or be put out of business.

              • LinJSol

                Why is it always taken from the poor and vulnerable..........you don't understand, you have no compassion or understanding. You must go along with the do nothing congress too!

  • Scott Dorman

    Thanks for sharing your story. Government programs are faceless entities that are presented to the public through statistics. These numbers can be very important in evaluating program performance but they mean nothing when trying to understand the human side. That's the value of someone like yourself telling your story. What does it really mean when 850,000 people lose their access to food? You can best understand it by listening to one of those people. I don't know how it feels, it's never happened to me. But if I'm ever going to begin to understand, I need and want to hear stories from people who have had the experience. I work in nonprofit and also went to the University of Missouri for Journalism. Maybe it's a new trend!

  • Gitendra

    I'm a little concerned that members of the educated middle class would voluntarily take a job that require them to tax the very systems they purport to be trying to help. While your article raises awareness of the difficult reality faced by those lacking the means to support themselves, there are likely better methods for gathering the same anecdotal evidence that life on food stamps is difficult.

  • Tom Maybrier

    Thanks for sharing your story. I think it's unfair to say that one's choice of employment makes them somehow undeserving of help.

    The mental health benefits of having a job often outweigh the financial strain caused by "settling" for lower pay. Especially if the job is something with directly observable positive impact like Americorps.

    • ImJustSaying

      True but if you know your education could provide better for your self and you know that you have the option to look for a job that offers better pay that would provide for your basic needs than yes it could be abusing the very system attendant to help the ones less fortunate. That is the problem with the system it does not push the people on it to become better or want to search for a high paying job or even a second job. Yes the job working to help may provide a great warm fuzzy feeling at the end of the day but WAKE UP America its called Work The American dream has went in the crapper and the new dream is help me. Like the one person said would you be willing to repay it and maybe cutting it will cause some people to start looking for a job with better pay. I have always worked extra hard to provide for my family. I have had jobs that paid min wage and worked 2 of them to make sure we where fed. Some days we had mac and cheese or Raman noodles. I think the system should help the ones in need but if they had to pay it back or loose tax returns I am willing to bet money most would find extra work or realize this job is not paying enough what do I need to do to provide for my family. I can go to the free library read a how to book search the internet for a free online class.

  • Jake Kaskey

    Thanks for sharing your experience; hopefully the post will find it's way to those who either 1) don't really understand what it's like receiving SNAP benefits or 2) still haven't yet made up their mind about the issue. I completely related to your experience- grew up in the suburbs, was a student-leader in high school and college (basically the over-achieving gay kid), but then after years of dutifully working my ass off and playing by the rules, I was forced onto social security disability from a series of surgeries and infections. Suddenly my monthly income dropped exponentially amid both physical and emotional crisis, and to top it off, by the end of most months if a decision had to be made between paying my rent yet completely giving up any hope for healthy eating or forgoing my rent payment so I could stay healthy- I always chose to pay the rent. At my moment of need, my government was there with the social safety net that allowed me the space to heal physically and emotionally. Does this make me a "taker?" I hope not.

    • LinJSol

      I hope you're doing better now Jake. It's awful when one works their whole life, takes care of children, goes back to school at a later time in life in order to better ones life, etc., then to be diagnosed with a chronic illness that I didn't bring onto myself. So I totally understand where you're coming from and have a lot of compassion for you. I was embarrassed to take SS early, use a bridge card, but also walk with a cane; then use a motorized cart in Meijer. I couldn't walk the square footage of the store to shop for groceries. I have never been lazy and always worked since high school. When a health challenge all of a sudden rears its ugly head in our lives, it's hard enough to adjust to the changes that causes; let alone other changes that we have to accept like using a bridge card. Many of us have a certain sense of pride in ourselves that changes when issues of health mess with our lives. Take care and be strong..

    • NicoleDogrescuer

      The US government should do a lot more for its citizens. That is the sign of a wealthy, successful society, when a country takes care of its own citizens.

      • NicoleDogrescuer

        Switzerland has one of the strongest economies in the world, highest quality of life, a minimum wage of $50,000 year, almost no unemployment, universal healthcare, the strongest environmental laws, and the elderly live in homes that look like 5-star hotels. The economy is booming becasue of these policies, always has and always will.

    • Laura Mizes

      Thanks for sharing your story, Jake! Through my work at MAZON I am learning more and more about who is hungry and what their story is. I am constantly humbled by the fact that we are all really just one bad medical emergency or job loss from needing these government programs... I am glad you had the safety net when you needed it most.

  • Rebecca Wickel

    Awesome piece. I did a one-week experiment last year and lived in a simulated homeless shelter, and used a SNAP budget. Life changing.

    • Laura Mizes

      It's great that you did the SNAP Challenge - it's a great experience to learn more about the reality of living on SNAP!

  • Thomas John

    I was happy to stumble across this story this morning. I am working with a group of other students at Saint Bens and Saint Johns to produce a community-created art collection focused on food injustice. We will be presenting the wide variety of art submissions in a book to create more awareness and conversation about how food is intimately linked to each of our lives and how ethical food policy is insanely important. If you (or anyone) is interested I would love to talk further about this project.

  • Lexie Wolf

    Thank you so much for sharing your story. I know it was not the point of the story, but it seems ironic and wrong that a government program like Americorps would not provide enough money to live on - so that you would have to seek out another government program to supplement your income.

  • Angela Holtzen

    Especially if you have kid and food allergies. We have to eat non-gluten, and process free foods. As an individual to eat cheap is pretty simple, you can kinda starve yourself if necessary, but I can tell you, to feel two, very tall, growing 6 year olds, the amount between food stamps and unemployment was not enough to survive, not even barely. Do they consider how much RENT IS!!?!?!?! Thankfully after one year I finally got a job. I agree it needs to change. Plus it takes so long for it to start working. I am thank full for the help I received, but I do feel there are people out there that still deserve more to get back on their feet.

    • LinJSol

      I'm glad to know you're doing better Angela. Take care, be strong. :)

    • Laura Mizes

      Thank you for sharing your story! It really is amazing how difficult it gets to shop on a limited budget when dietary restrictions come into play. And you're right - rent is ridiculously expensive! Makes it hard to decide where to spend our limited resources..

      I am glad you are back on your feet, and thank you again for sharing you story.

    • Alessandra Rizzotti

      Thanks for sharing your experience Angela. My father lives on SNAP and thankfully, the Farmer's Market works with SNAP in his area- so he can get fresh produce- but he really only can afford tomatoes and pasta. I really do think this is going to be horrible not only for the elderly, but also for children- it's going to impact families dramatically.

      • Laura Mizes

        Hi Alessandra, thanks so much for sharing! Being able to access healthy and nutritious food is so important, it's great that your father has access to a Farmer's Market. These kinds of examples are great to help people understand how difficult it is to maintain a healthy lifestyle when working with a limited budget.