I can't say I ever imagined I'd end up on food stamps — both my wife and I have college degrees. But after moving to North Carolina a few years ago, the economy took a turn for the worse, and brought our successful online business with it. I ended up having to take a job that paid only minimum wage. I was lucky to have any work at all, but minimum wage isn't enough to support a family of four. We tried to trim our budgets anywhere we could, but we still couldn't find the money we needed to feed our kids. Thankfully, we were able to get food stamps. They enabled us to literally survive during this difficult time. I don't like to think about what we would have done without them. My kids would have just gone hungry. It would have been horrible.
A few months after working for minimum wage, I was offered an opportunity to move up. I now have an amazing job that pays enough to support my family. It's incredible how far we've come from where we started. I don't think we'd be here today if it wasn't for food stamps. For us, they were a stop-gap measure; they prevented us from falling so deep into poverty that we couldn't get out. And I think that's what food stamps are for most people. They are a critical resource that help families like mine get back on their feet again, and on the road to a better life.