Last week we broke down and applied for SNAP (food stamps). Today we applied for (and received) WIC and well as sent off our Mass Health applications. The woman at the WIC office assured me it was ok to be on WIC and need assistance. I just kept apologizing. For Ben and I it's very hard to get to this point. Ben was laid off during my pregnancy and despite having to declare bankruptcy we managed to make sure there was enough money (with some help from the family). Now it's different, we have Garrett and his needs have to be met.
|The reason we do this|
And we sit there and look at our little guy, our reason for everything and we know we are doing this for him. Because it's hard for anyone to be on these programs. I'm not saying anyone should be ashamed, there is no way in hell I would be ashamed of doing the best for my child. But again it's hard because we want to give him the best without relying on programs to help us.
Edited to add: We went to the grocery store to use the prorated checks (our period starts on the 28th of each month because of Garrett's DOB). We got $26 worth of groceries and only ended up spending 45cents. It's going to take us some time to get used to our guidelines and weigh all our produce because we have to stick to our allotted amount. Ben and I both felt a little mortified going through the store and checking our WIC checks to see what was covered. But the truth is we got a lot of food that will make sure that Garrett has a full tummy and in the end that's the most important thing.