SNAP benefits

By C
@ShyBear88 (47440)
United States
October 20, 2020 8:09pm CST
So my husband decided he was going to file us for SNAP in hopes to lower our food income. I got a call from the Child’s Services last night about finishing up the paper work for it. I answered the her questions and my husband sent in this morning by email 2 of his pay stubs and by the end of the day we got the answer. We knew already we where pre approved for benefits but got the official words today that we are indeed approved and will be receiving those benefits for me, and the 3 kids. Roughly $144 a month which is about 2 weeks worth of food. The also have extra food benefits with school. I can save a little extra money in our pockets or pay off some bills sooner.
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@kaylachan (23477)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
21 Oct
I am so happy for you both. My husband and I applied years ago for the Florida equivalent, but were denied (made to much), but still. It's good that you get extra savings.
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@ShyBear88 (47440)
• United States
21 Oct
Yeah some times you don’t qualify. Years ago we dropped out of WIC when our oldest no longer received it. We didn’t go back since the youngest had gluten allergy and WIC didn’t cover that but SNAP does since you can get any food you need
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@kaylachan (23477)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
21 Oct
@ShyBear88 That makes sense. Not all food stamp programs are the same. I'm glad they exist for those who need them, but I'll admit to being relieved my husband and I don't qualify. It means, despite how bad things get, we can still get by. Even if it feels like we're drowning.
@ShyBear88 (47440)
• United States
22 Oct
@kaylachan no qualifying doesn’t mean your not equally at need and it doesn’t mean that you are making. Lots of people need it but make to much money and are told no but stillness to put food on the table and have to go on week with no food which mean they have to try to sell things or ask people for help if they will help.
@marguicha (174718)
• Chile
21 Oct
That´s wonderful!I live on a budget and know what a little help does.
@ShyBear88 (47440)
• United States
21 Oct
We live to a certain budget but it depends on what we need and I try to stick to a list.
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@marguicha (174718)
• Chile
21 Oct
@ShyBear88 Last winter I had many problems with the heater. To change it was not on my list
@ShyBear88 (47440)
• United States
22 Oct
@marguicha our van last year, then this summer and the AC where not what we wanted to spend and fix.
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@akalinus (36592)
• United States
21 Oct
I remember getting food stamps at one point. We had a house full of kids and no money coming in. I don't think they called it SNAP then. It is a lifesaver to feed hungry mouths. I did not stay on them very long but I'm glad they were there when we needed them.
@ShyBear88 (47440)
• United States
22 Oct
They still have food stamps, they also have WIC which is like SNAP also for mother’s and children. WIC is for kids under the age of 5 once they are 5 they no longer receive benefits with WIC and your food options with WIC is limited. SNAP covers all foods including birthday things like candles and bakery. Also things like tooth brushes and such that is medically need. Food Stamps only cover food of course.
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• United States
23 Oct
@ShyBear88 Except that the Food Stamps no longer come as what looks like a coupon book. Now, they are on the EBT card (that the younger folks know as SNAP). And, money for non-food items is also loaded onto some EBT cards. But, it has never been loaded onto mine (when I had it while my son was still a child, or now that I am disabled).
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@ShyBear88 (47440)
• United States
23 Oct
@Chellezhere Va still gets food stamps you have to go to the WIC office to pick them up. We do have EBT cards they are give for SNAP, and WIC. They made a switch by the time my third kid came around no longer those checks, a card use it like you could a credit card and then pay the difference. There is also other programs that use EBT card through the school for the free or reduce meal plans for students.
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@erictsuma (9056)
• Mombasa, Kenya
21 Oct
That's nice news enjoy the benefits
@ShyBear88 (47440)
• United States
21 Oct
Thanks can’t enjoy them yet I need the card first to use it.
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@erictsuma (9056)
• Mombasa, Kenya
22 Oct
@ShyBear88 oh that's right
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@ShyBear88 (47440)
• United States
22 Oct
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@porwest (46901)
• United States
23 Oct
Use the opportunity to get ahead, for sure. It's the only way the system actually helps anyone. Hope you put it to good use.
@ShyBear88 (47440)
• United States
24 Oct
What am I getting ahead of? Yes the SNAP goes to go use it goes to feed my 3 kids ages 9,8 and 5. One of which has dietary restrictions which then means his food coast more since it is special. So please do tell me what do you think I’m getting a head of? Hmm the office of child services clearly told me we don’t make enough money to properly support my children and pay bills. So this assistant makes sure there food needs are meet.
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@porwest (46901)
• United States
24 Oct
@ShyBear88 What I am saying is don't just use the money to help feed your children and then spend willy nilly just because you don't have to pay for certain groceries. Use the money to get yourself into a better financial position so you can take care of yourself instead of having tax payers do it for you. That's the only way welfare programs actually help anyone. If all it does is keep you right where you are, you might as well not take it, because it won't change anything.
@ShyBear88 (47440)
• United States
27 Oct
@porwest my husband pays text every year he works 40 plus hours work a week as a nurse. So are you saying that someone that works taking care of people daily doesn’t deserve assistance. Also the card only covers food nothing else. I can’t get clothes or games, toys or anything. I can’t use it towards bills. So before you assume something that you don’t know about someone I wouldn’t tell them what they can and can’t do. For the past 10 years we have given ever cent to ours 3 kids to be feed, to have a home, pay the bills, go to the doctor. My husband worked his way from job to job and it’s not right away they magically you can have everything you want it.
• India
21 Oct
Some food can be grown at home
@ShyBear88 (47440)
• United States
21 Oct
I don’t know I live in a town hours and it’s winter. Where would you like that grow at home go? I don’t have a house with land and planting anything right now wouldn’t be a bright idea
• India
21 Oct
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@marlina (128489)
• Canada
21 Oct
Glad that you got some extra $$ help
@ShyBear88 (47440)
• United States
21 Oct
Yep, a little extra help never hurts
@Hytton03 (4550)
• Philippines
21 Oct
Happy for you.
@ShyBear88 (47440)
• United States
21 Oct
Thanks
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@valerie37 (996)
• Christiansburg, Virginia
21 Oct
I'm happy for you. These days anything helps.
@ShyBear88 (47440)
• United States
21 Oct
Thanks, yeah the poor lady says she has a lot of new people applying so her and a bunch of others are working till 8pm ever day
@RasmaSandra (44559)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
21 Oct
That is wonderful congratulations so glad for you. It always helps when things get easier
@ShyBear88 (47440)
• United States
21 Oct
Yes, a long time ago we had WIC
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@db20747 (36098)
• Washington, District Of Columbia
21 Oct
This is right on time! Glad you got approved!
@ShyBear88 (47440)
• United States
21 Oct
Yes! They can do a few days back and this month coming so we will have almost $300 on the SNAP card for food
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@Dena91 (14595)
• United States
21 Oct
Glad you are able to get the extra help.
@ShyBear88 (47440)
• United States
21 Oct
Thanks it’s always there.
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