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SNAP Changed Her Life

We hear from hungry seniors everyday at the Minnesota Food HelpLine. 

tomatoJoyce called us to share her struggle to afford healthy food.

“I have been struggling to afford groceries for about a year. I’ve always known fruits and veggies provide a lot of necessary nutrition, they had always been too expensive. I had settled for high-fat, high-sugar food, simply because the calorie-to-dollar ratio kept my stomach from growling. After seeing an advertisement for SNAP and the HelpLine on the public bus, I decided to give it a try. I just applied for SNAP benefits, and was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was. The man who helped me was very kind and gave me the overall feeling that there was no shame in needing assistance. This program is phenomenal, and will save me from months of empty calories. I am tremendously grateful, and wanted to let you know. Thank you so much for initiating and maintaining SNAP. It’s about to change my life; in 3-4 days I’ll be buying tomatoes and other good veggies. I appreciate it so much.”

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