My Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Benefits Essay

779 Words Apr 27th, 2016 4 Pages
Got milk? That is about all I can afford with my Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits (SNAP, formally known as food stamps) along with bread and eggs, monthly. Seriously, I am a low income college student and I receive only a minimum amount of snap benefits. SNAP requirements should be changed due to irresponsible and lazy people abusing the system.

Currently it is difficult for deserving people to receive SNAP benefits due to income and employment status. Being a college student and unemployed I was denied help I truly needed. December 2015 I applied for food stamps when I lost my job. I was also enrolled as a full time student at LSUE. They denied me right away because as a college student, I had to be employed and work a minimum of 20 hours a week at a min of $7.25 an hour. The requirement of having to be employed and attending college is ridiculous. I was so angry with the government because in past job experiences, I observed people buying hundreds of dollars of food using food stamps while they drove nice vehicles. When I got a job in February 2016, I reapplied, I was working 24-32 hours a week at $8.50 an hour. They worked on my case for a month, they made me get document after document filled out. I had to have my employer sign and fax paperwork. There was lots of red tape when applying for SNAP. Then, I finally received my letter in the mail. Congratulations, you qualify for $26 a month in food stamps. Don’t get me wrong, I’m grateful for…

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