And the kids know my food stamps got cut off. Because when they came home from school today, they didn’t have their snacks. So they know that I didn’t go to the market. I really didn’t tell them why or anything like that, because I don’t think they understand. But it affected them.
[This family], they don’t have any food. I had to go over and I even took pictures of the food, the bag of food. I'd go around there a couple times, I'd just take canned goods and stuff. I tried to keep canned goods and stuff and I just kept feeding them because the kids were hungry.
I was on my way to the overtime job that I was doing when I got my food stamps cut off. They had called me to work there for one day. So, I was thinking to myself, “Well, if I go down here this one day, are they going cut my food stamps off? I really didn’t know what to do. At the time I was walking through there, it made me think, “Was I going to get cut off again?” What kind of programs can the City do to help us stay on the food stamp program when we do extra work? I don’t think it’s fair for us to get reprimanded for doing something positive. That’s why I chose that picture."
He was asking the case worker for something to eat. I don’t have child care, so I have to take him to my appointments. If he was in day care I wouldn’t have to have lugged him early in the morning to an appointment to the welfare office to try to get food stamps and medical coverage. I can’t help it if my baby’s hungry. I was thinking ‘I’m not going to lie to you miss, he’s hungry.'
With the money food stamps provide, I was able to feed her breakfast that morning. Without it what would she have eaten? I wanted to show that with the help she was able to eat breakfast that morning. She had cereal. She had milk. She didn’t have to go without.