From Pueblo, CO
Story Type: People We Serve
Programs Used: Food Stamps
How We Helped: Nutritious Food
Betty and her husband receive a small allocation each month to purchase food through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. She budgets her food stamps carefully, but sometimes she still doesn’t have enough. The food she needs for a healthy diet is expensive, and vital for Betty because she has diabetes. Her medications are also costly, and she is not the only one in her home with medical issues. Her husband recently had a heart attack and is now on medication. She said that each month, the medication and the money “all seem to run out at the same time.”
To help alleviate the financial strain she feels every month, she visits her local food pantry, where they know she is diabetic and keep a “sugar-free pile” for her. At the pantry, she also gets onions, green, red, and yellow peppers, squash, zucchini, meat, and whole wheat bread. This is an enormous cost-saving to her and allows her to stretch her grocery budget each month.
Betty understands that it’s not easy to come to the pantry and receive free food, but she knows there are so many in need. She encourages people to “come over and check it out!”