I have food stamps. I finally decided to get them when I was 8 months pregnant because both our cars shit the bed and we had a few extra medical bills for my SO and were struggling to make rent nevermind have the extra money to buy another car. I got $170 before my son was born and it was bumped up to $370 after my son was born. My hours were then cut in half at work (SO works full time and I work pt and yes I have been looking for a 2nd job: for 8 months now) and they told me they were going to increase my food stamps to $500! I honestly told them not to! $370 has us eating comfortably and there is enough left over for me to buy jars of baby food to stock up for when my son turns 6 months old and starts on solids (he is almost 3 months and is breastfed and we supplement with formula when I am at work because I do not produce enough to pump enough bottles). What in the world would we do with $500??? What in the world does this girl do with $800?!?
It makes me so angry! This girl gets $800 yet my best friend works 2 jobs and can barely make rent and gets $60 for her and her son! Her ex has been in jail since she was 7 months pregnant and has never paid his CS. How does the government do their math?!?
Am I the only one who see's how outrageous this is??
**EDIT** Yes she is on WIC and no she does not get the cash assistance. Like I said in one of my posts, she called Food Stamps right in front of me RIGHT AFTER IT WAS BUMPED UP and her balance was $800 even and it gives you your food stamps balance and cash balance seperately and her cash balance said $0.