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undeterred Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-30-07 03:33 PM
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12. I never knew the frustration
I have been unemployed off and on- when I am employed I make good money. Usually between jobs I collect unemployment comp. This time my employer fought me and won so I have no income and an apartment to pay for. I am eligible for food stamps only. But they require a huge amound of documentation (like birth certificate) which I had to go to another city to get so it was a very big deal to go get it. The case workers have 700 cases each and they never answer their phones or return messages.

I called for 5 days straight trying to make an appt and then I went over there. The people who work at the center are very unhurried and act like I am crazy because I am upset about this. I've been waiting since May 21 for food money and still don't have it.

A friend of mine is on disability and another one is applying for it. I guess they have been dealing with this stuff for years, because when I tell them they don't look surprised. They are surprised that I am surprised! This is the US government- why should I expect it to work?! And sometimes they treat you like you are trying to get away with something. I have only recently realized that there have been other times that I could have applied for this and did not.

And the food pantries - I hear you get a lot of peanut butter, pasta, and ragu sauce? Never fresh fruit or anything like that.
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