A special NATIONAL HUNGER AWARENESS MONTH series
When Gary (not his real name) came to our office he was clearly having a hard time. The man had a sad story to tell, and as we helped him with his application for food stamps, he told it to us.
He was ashamed and humiliated, in disbelief that he was joining the ranks of those who need government assistance. To try to buck up his spirits we told him that the average food stamp recipient uses the benefit for only 9 months – until they’re back on their feet.
He looked like we’d said “9 years.” Fighting back tears, he said “I hope it doesn’t take me that long.”