Today, we’re beginning a series of blog posts highlighting issues you’ve raised in your answers to the question, “What Would Jesus Undo?”
Denise Sawyer is the woman behind the blog Wholesome Mommy. She’s a former teacher raising her family in rural Georgia, where grocery stores are few and far between and where many of her friends and neighbors are struggling to make ends meet. We spoke with Denise over the phone recently about her ongoing series, “Oh SNAP! Real Food on a Food Stamps Budget” in which she is spending 6 months learning to shop and cook healthy meals on a food stamp budget. The resources she has developed are phenomenal — she creates menu plans, shopping lists, and recipes for people on tight budgets with limited access to ingredients. And her mission is get these resources to as many people as possible, all without asking for a single dime in compensation for all her work.
This is such a timely post for me. I just received a message on my facebook page from a single mother who said she has just found herself in a situation where she needed SNAP to feed herself and her two children. She said, “I just received my EBT card in the mail and still feel embarrassed for even needing them.” Why does she feel embarrassed? Well, most of us would feel similarly, we all have pride we have to overcome and realizing and then having to ask for help is a humbling experience. But honestly, its something more, its the way you are looked at in the store, the snide comments made about “those people,” and the facebook posts that we post without thinking about the REAL people in these situations. I just saw one today. And actually, it was posted by not one, but two of my friends, who have judged others for needing SNAP benefits. It was a picture to two refrigerators – one brimming with food labeled as someone “with no job and welfare,” and one empty but for a single item, labeled as “hard working tax payer.”