Full Moon over the Basilica of Don Bosco by Stefano De Rosa
|—||W. Somerset Maugham, Books and You (via observando)|
This is me at work today…
You cannot buy electronics with food stamps. You cannot buy cigarettes with food stamps. You cannot buy pet food with food stamps. You cannot withdraw money with an EBT card (food stamps).
Do you know what else you can’t buy with food stamps? Shampoo, soap, laundry detergent, toilet paper, paper towels, tissues, tinfoil, plastic sandwich bags, toothpaste, cleaning products, tampons, pads, over the counter medications (such as Tylenol, Ibuprofen, etc.), and anything else you can think of that you cannot physically ingest for nutritional purposes.
Do you know what you can buy with food stamps? Food.
Do you know what it’s like to scrounge for change to buy non-edible necessities, use a credit card and EBT card (food stamps) during the same transaction, and then have the person in line behind you judge you for buying the ingredients to make a birthday cake?
People who disseminate false information about food stamps have never had to use food stamps.
My grandmother is on SSI from being incredibly sick, etc. The government has taken about $25 dollars from her foodstamps within the past 2 months ALONE. To some people it’s only $25 dollars but to her that could equal up to 4 or more meals that she no longer can afford. The worst is that you can’t buy toilet paper, soap, etc. I don’t think you realize how much money is actually needed for these things until you can’t afford to buy them. It breaks my heart because there are people out there that genuinely NEED help and are unable to get it because of assholes like this who spread false information about something they just don’t understand or know anything about because it doesn’t pertain to them. There are also people out there who abuse this system to no end, giving it a bad rep for the ones who actually need help. I think I’m just super sensitive to this because it affects someone who I love but either way, some things in this country are really fucked up.