…Because I’m too poor.
Seriously. I’ll repeat that. They took my food stamps away because I am too poor.
Well, pretty much.
See, after I’d been receiving food stamps for a few months, the gummint asked me to provide an update to my situation. Since I had qualified for food assistance, I’d quit the $9/hour part-time job which was my only income, since it only paid one of my smaller monthly bills, anyway, and they had given me that three cent 9-month review raise. So I diligently filed my update with that information. Perhaps I would qualify for slightly more help, I thought! (A little over $100/month didn’t exactly put a huge dent in my food bill).
Another letter from the gummint came once they had read my updated paperwork. “Please explain how you are paying your shelter costs if you have no income.”
A FINE QUESTION, INDEED, GUMMINT!
Unfortunately, I have no answer for you.
I neglected to send back any anything at all, entirely due to my own humiliation.
Should I have written “my mom paid my mortgage, actually, even though I’m thirty-five frigging years old”? [Disclaimer: Actually thirty-six, but the alliteration worked better with the lie.]
…Or “Actually I am a full year behind on condo fees”?
…Or “It’s quite possible the town will move to have me foreclosed on for tax evasion shortly”?
All of these things are true. I don’t want to admit them, even if I knew how to phrase or “prove” that on official paperwork.
But there’s the news, folks: If you have so little money that the Food Stamp Office can’t figure out how you’re paying your bills, they’ll stop giving you food stamps.
Makes a lot of sense, right?