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New Haven

People are waiting, and talking about things like which stores are having sales on meat or juice or vegetables. People conversate about where to get the cheapest deals, and stretch their Food Stamps.

We were all getting in line early.  Sometimes it's best to get there 3 or 4 hours early.  If you are at the end of the line, that means that you probably won't get as much.  Some places don't have enough. More and more people are coming out, and the lines are getting longer. 

I was taking a friend to do our bottles and cans, so we have enough to make up the difference since the Food Stamp cuts. Eleven dollars has been taken out by the cuts, and sometimes bottles and cans don't make up that difference, sometimes not even half. 

This is a photo from the Food Assistance Working Group. I walk this walk daily. I want to be the change I want to see, and what better way than to get involved. 

I waited for two and a half hours at the pantry to get that bag of food. The wait was so long because it was the end of the month - there were so many people. 

It says it's an emergency, and before I could use it as an emergency. But since the cuts to SNAP, the pantry is now a part of my monthly budgeting for food. I depend on it. 


This captures what my struggle is at the end of the month. He wishes he had meat. There's no smile, but he's grateful. He knows there are others who have it worse. 

This is a photo of my kitchen three days before my benefits hit. This is what my son had for dinner. I had a cup of coffee. I had peanut butter and jelly too, but I needed to make sure he had enough first. 


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