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Parenting on a Budget

My husband and I have 4 children. It's very difficult to make ends meet even with 2 salaries much less 1. My husband was just recently able to find a decent paying job. Yes we get assistance but it only goes so far. We don't any more budget cuts on education, ...


I believe that children are our future and you have to invest as much as possible to that future is ensured to bring the most positive results for growth and fulfillment. Children and families suffer when our leaders do not make good choices and we ...

Working Mother on Food Stamps

I am a separated but married mother with two children. I work full time for a good company that provides excellent benefits. But with the rising prices of insurance, food, gas etc I am struggling to support my children. I also attend college full time ...

Tom Corbett and early learning and K-12 education

It was right before the Governor election and Tom Corbett was on a TV Show, being interviewed. He was talking about how to get more people to go back to work and being out of state support programs and he said he was going to put some cut on those help ...

Les Miserables

The other night I watched Les Miserables and was horrified once again about the disparity between rich and poor and to what extent the super rich can tolerate the misery before them. I thought of the era when five year olds were sent into the mines, when ...

Food Stamps

It is so essential that the food stamp program doesn't receive any cuts as they just experienced. There are people who simply can no longer feed their family on the amount they receive and children are going hungry. If they have school age children, ok, ...

an US and world citizen

The best way to raise a family is to make certain the children have appropriate and stimulating nutrition, exercise, education and community support. This is the best way to support a nation, also! It takes a village, a state, a union, a world!

Cutting Federal Aid Undermines Charities

As a fundraiser for charities that serve impoverished families, I am tired of hearing people argue that we don't need government aid to the poor because charities should handle it. The vast majority of charities that aid the poor receive a large proportion ...

What happened to my American Dream?

I am a mother of three, living in poverty because my ex has never payed his court ordered child support. He works under the table and has no known address and in this way he effectively hides from his obligations. And there is no recourse for me. Thanks ...


I work for a non-profit organization in Honolulu for the pass 27 years. The population of those we work with are below the poverty line.

I have seen many families share a meager meal that might include a can of tuna or corn beef, pork in beans among ...


Food is not a luxury item

As a health coach, parent and grandparent, I am crucially aware of the impact of nutrition on the mind, body and emotional stability of our children. Children in our country are facing an unprecedented surge of obesity, diabetes, and a host of other ...

I'm a food pantry worker

Working in a food pantry has been an eye-opener for me to see and serve the poor in my area. People living with food insecurity as one in five of our nation's children do, is a very sad commentary on the state of our seemingly prosperous nation. The ...

Falling Through the Middle Class Ladder Rungs...

My husband lost his job back in May, so immediately we found out that we could not afford the private preschool in our area which costs $6000 a year. We could not put him in the "public" preschool because we had earned too much money from the year before. ...


*Are you currently enrolled or have you participated in a program like SNAP (food stamps), Head Start, Unemployment Insurance, housing assistance, WIC, Medicaid, or government assistance for child care?


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But for the government, I wouldn't be where I am today.

I was thirty-something, with three kids, married and working hard. I had to ask my boss for a raise - I worked hard and I deserved it. I helped an accountant classify expenditures. He had the degree, I had the talent. The accountant made three times ...


I have a daughter who works just under 40 hours a week so she gets no benefits; she also cannot afford an apartment so she and my granddaughter live with me. One of my sons went to school to become a mechanic and got a full time job with an established ...

Our children are hungry

As a head start teacher i work with low income families. Many of our families hold minimum wage jobs and depend on food assistance programs to feed their families. SNAP and WIC provide that much needed support. SNAP also provides funding for nutrition ...

Keep helping those that need help

Living in rural WV, I had to get food stamps and a medical card for my children because i wasn't able to get a job when they were younger. Now my daughter also needs to use an EBT card and a medical card for her son just to make ends meet between trying ...

Single mother of 3

I am a single mother of three living with my single mother. I became a full time student at CSUN last year. The first year of school was quite difficult. I am not employed. I took out student loans and applied for all available financial aid. This year ...

Government has a Role in Helping Us Prosper

My family has relied on Food Stamps at times. It amazes me that Congressional Republicans (and some Democrats) have no qualms about throwing money to defense boondoggles designed to enrich shady defense contractors, and corporate welfare yet would let ...
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