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SNAP allowed us to pay our bills and eat

In 2012, my husband lost his job completely unexpectedly. He was an independent contractor who had worked for one client for 3 years. That client was supposed to have him sign a new contract for another project, but that project was put on hold due to budget cuts.

I had been a freelance technical writer, but I wasn't seeking jobs because we had just adopted a baby.

So there we were, with one son, a new baby, and literally no income. Independent contractors aren't eligible for unemployment.

I went to the grocery store, and I had $40 in cash to buy food for the four of us. I did my best, but the trip was pretty meager.

Enter SNAP.

Thanks to SNAP, we didn't have to choose between paying for food and paying our water, electric, and trash bills. There was no way we could have paid for all of them. We did have to get some help with electric in the insanely hot summer months, but we were able to pay our other bills and eat. We'd often have money left over at the end of the month, so we'd stock up on non-perishables, like pasta, just in case.

I've seen people complain about what people buy using "food stamps." Frankly, it's no one's business who uses SNAP, nor what they buy with it. I don't do pesticides - we buy organic fruit, even though it costs more. I don't buy food with high fructose corn syrup, because it's the worst kind of sugar for you. SNAP allowed me to buy the foods I feel are healthiest for my children.

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