Portland, OR
picked a great career for myself – a nurse. For a long time, it afforded my family a wonderful lifestyle. My kids and I went on vacations, owned a house, and did all the fun things families can do when life is comfortable. Last year I became pregnant again. It was a high-risk pregnancy. I was put on bed rest for months, and as a result, lost my job. I cashed in my 401k and sold everything valuable to pay the bills, but even still, I was soon left with nothing. My kids complained there was no food. There has to be something to eat I thought, but there wasn’t. Our food actually ran out. To survive, we started eating cheap foods – fast foods, ramen, that sort of thing. When my kids’ diets changed, their behavior changed. They didn’t sleep and lacked focus. A lady at the hospital introduced me to food stamps. I thought I had really hit a low point – having to apply. I’m so grateful now though. Food stamps gave me the freedom to purchase healthy foods at the grocery store. I never thought I’d be so excited for my kids eat fruit again. Their behavior went back to normal. I ended up having a beautiful baby boy. Food stamps helped me feed him healthy food too, when I otherwise wouldn’t have been able to. We have a long way to go to get back to our old life, but thanks to food stamps, we’ll all get there – healthy and strong.

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