Jake Kaskey25 days ago
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.