03 Feb A Real Look at Food Insecurity
1 in 7 Americans are dealing with food insecurity.
What does that mean?
It means there’s a good chance that someone you know doesn’t know if they will have enough food to eat from day-to-day or week-to-week.
Blogger Jenny of Jennydecki.com has been there. In this very honest blog post, Jenny shows what it’s like to deal with food insecurity when you’re raising a family, and how far government benefits really go for a family of five. Thank you Jenny for letting us share your story.
Food Insecurity: What it Looks Like for My Family
When we received a letter in the mail from the State of Illinois Department of Human Services, my heart dropped a little and I opened the letter while holding my breath. (That’s just normal. Most government benefit agencies are more “no news is good news” kind of places.)
The letter was announcing the Notice of SNAP Availability Date Change
The Illinois House Task Force on Hunger and the Efficient Distribution of SNAP Benefits charged IDHS to spread SNAP issuances more evenly throughout the month rather than limiting availability of benefits to the first ten days of the month. To accommodate the task force decision, IDHS agreed to move availability dates for active 94/96 cases in Group 22 from the 4th, 7th, and 10th to the 13th, 17th, and 20th.
They’re moving the dates they refill the Link/EBT card.
Okay, I can handle that.
It’s a staggered thing. They push the date by three days for the next two months and then four days the last month so in May we will receive our SNAP on the 17th instead of the 7th as we do now.
Plus, our benefit reduction went through.
New benefit amount = $439.
I would like to introduce you to how this translates into what food insecurity feels like.
I mean, beyond the cold panic that blooms at the base of your neck and moves up slowly to cling to the sides of your skull while your brain furiously tries to figure out what has just happened and how you are going to cope with the changes. It’s when you find out you aren’t going to be able to go shopping on the 7th like you had planned.
It’s about knowing that you have to make $439 last for not just a month, but from March 10th through April 13th.
That’s 34 days on the new, reduced benefit amount.
Let’s break it down to a per serving price tag…
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