Saturday, November 2, 2013

North Carolina Mother of 4: Food stamps cut from $500 to $16 per month

North Carolina Mother of 4: Food stamps cut from $500 to $16 per month

November 2, 2013
With devastating cuts to the food stamp program, heralded by Republicans, families, the homeless, veterans, and others will have to vigorously cut corners. But one family in particular is feeling the ‘painful cuts’ even more. Republicans have cheered on these cuts and they are life changing. This is a perfect example of austerity measures, which never work to create a thriving population.

NBC Charlotte spoke with a single mother of four, who will go from $500 per month to $16.
For lunch at Sara Grier’s house, Ramen noodles are served for all four kids.
Ms. Grier said, “At this point I don’t know what were going to do.”
NBC Charlotte reports, “The single mom is dealing with cuts to the food stamps program that went into effect nationally on Friday. Most people face a five percent cut, but for some reason — Sara’s is much more dramatic.”
She said, “I never thought that it would hit my home.”
Sara works hard at the only jobs she could get which pays $11 per hour, for 30 hours a week. Her total income is $17,000 per year.
Her 11-year-old daughter India said, “Since this happened the amount of food we get has gone down, but we still get fed — and I’m happy for that.”
Sara is a wise shopper, buying meat that’s on sale, with kids getting a specific number of chicken nuggets.
Cereal is specifically divvied up, with each child getting half of a bowl.
And now those stamps are cut dramatically.
Sara said, “With my kids, they know what’s going on with Mommy. They notice a difference from us going to the grocery store.”
India explains, “We get a big bag of chicken nuggets and then divide it into five little Ziploc bags and that’s what we have for lunch.”
Sara said, “In a house for a single mom, grocery money is also the light bill, it’s the rent, it’s gas so they can get to games.”
NBC Charlotte made some calls to get her some answers, “The state was shocked when we told them what we found and referred us to Mecklenburg County. A spokesman for the county promises they’re trying to figure out what happened.”
So much for Republican talking points, claiming welfare recipients eat lobster tails each night, before curling up in front of their 50 inch television while snacking on caviar after the butler has turned in for the night.

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