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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. ...
—KatieCT

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*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?

SNAP and MEDICAID, (OHP)

*Are you concerned ...

—EldonOR

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 ...
—MarciaNM

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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 ...
—CarrieMI

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 ...
—MarianneIL

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 ...
—DianaWV

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 ...
—JeannetteCA

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 ...
—TrudySC

My Child

My daughter just turned five years old on the fifth of November. If it were not for WIC I have no idea how I would have gotten formula for my daughter. I was not fortunate to be able to breast feed due to illnesses I had after I gave birth. I was on ...
—DelilahNM

growing inequality

I'm deeply concerned about growing inequality in this country. We seem to accept it as a natural part of the American dream, that there are haves and have-nots. But the extremes to which these groups exist is not natural, and it's not acceptable. We need ...
—Anita

Struggles

I am thankful for having Medicaid and WIC when I became pregnant. I contribute my sons health to having medical assistance & help with nutritional food (milk, peanut butter, juice, eggs). Its expensive having a baby and it really helped sooo much. Then ...
—kimberlyIL

Hungry Children

Today I heard a story on how important nutrition is to the first 3 years of life, physical and mental development. As a grandmother I am concerned that we are not meeting the needs of the future generation, cutting food stamps for our citizens is not ...
—BettyAL

revamp these programs

These programs should be saved. The elderly should be able to get food stamps more than the young girls who are getting pregnant for the fun of it. Familines who are struggling to make it should have a better chance to get food stamps and hud . there ...
—Connie MS

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I'm a single mom with a master's level education. My ex-husband currently gives me nothing for child support. The laws to enforce it are too weak. Luckily I have a job and very supportive parents but my parents shouldn't have to help support us. I am ...
—KarenNC

My Story

I live in a very small town in VA. The most important thing to me is to make sure that my son and nephew get everything they need in life to do and be whatever they want as they grow up and become adults. Since my son was born, there have been times where ...
—JameeVA

change of events

left state to return to my own home state with a failed marriage behind me, only to be faced with financial situations of no funds but thank God for we were able to receive SNAP other wise my children and I wouldn't have been able to eat well. Funny ...
—DonnaNY

My Life

I am the daughter of Greek immigrants who migrated to the USA in the 1920s. I was a depression baby. My parents struggled to feed my sister (4 yrs. older) and me. Some days we were lucky enough to have a breakfast of hot milk over crusts of bread.

In ...

—Electra

Food Stamps

My brother had to rely on food stamps years ago when he was out of work. People in my family presently rely on SNAP to feed their children.
—JanetCT

struggling mother

Hi, my name is Lucy Mefy, a full time working mother of two who depended on the SNAP program to help feed my children. With the price of living in Hawaii and the prices of food, what little benefit I receive for my children doesn't even cover for what ...
—LucyHI

Don't Do This To Us.

I am a disabled, pre-diabetic woman who controls my illnesses in part through diet. As we all should know at this point, it is both expensive and challenging to eat a healthy diet without assistance. To that end, I use most of the hours of home health ...
—LeyteCT
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