A few thoughts on food stamp challenges…. #SNAP #Poverty

In my drafts, I have a long and still unfinished piece devoted to the pros and cons of people taking food stamp challenges. I’ve touched on key points here before but the subject deserves an indepth examination. Spoiler: There is one pro and eight different points that are cons.
Maybe some day I’ll finish that post I started. Right now, I’m juggling a lot and haven’t had time to write, so for now, I want to share some thoughts from people who share my frustration with SNAP / food stamp challenges for some of the same reasons.

The discussion was regarding this via think-progress: (but I found it via one of my favorite tumblrs Ask a Welfare Caseworker )

Members of Congress are living off food stamps for a week to protest Republican cuts. It’s a challenge for them, but GOP cuts would hurt millions of everyday Americans. 

carmanitaknits:

 I want a reality tv show where politicians have to live in poverty for a month. They have to live in Government housing, shop with food stamps, and get only a limited amount of money for clothes. Because here, they still have all their trappings, lilke nice cars and thousand dollar suits. I want them in Walmart jeans trying to determine if they can afford a carton of milk.

 

fuck-me-barnes:

Give them a full calendar year. I want to see them confident in January, and sometime around June choking back tears at the Safeway because they are tired, so tired, of eating 25 cent cup noodles, eyeing other peoples’ full grocery carts with a dull bewilderment.

Let me see them despair because they have a persistent nagging cough that won’t go away and might be turning into pneumonia but the minute clinic is $60, which might as well be as six million dollars, either way they ain’t got it to spare – and that doesn’t count the cost of prescriptions. Let me hear them tell people about the muscle cramps they get at night due to eating non-nutritious garbage for months, the weakness from persistent hunger.

Let them know the shame and frustration of only owning one pair of cheap polyester pants for work and one pair of thrift-store jeans, and both persistently have ripped crotches and seams coming undone, no matter how many times they get sewn back up.

Let the women know the particular sort of despair that comes once a month when you can’t afford even the cheapest pads or tampons.

Let them understand the frustration of being charged a $35 fee for a $2 overdraft. Let them watch as the bank holds charges from different days in “pending” till they all come through on the same day, and the bank charges them four times for a single overdraft because “the charges all cleared at the same time”.

I want them to know the particular pain of having to decide between food for the week, or transportation costs to and from work. You can’t have both. Choose wisely.

You do not truly understand poverty until you’ve lived it and a month isn’t enough to encompass it. Not even close.

onemuseleft:

I have $7000 in medical bills this year because I let something go untreated for nine years because I couldn’t afford it. When I broke my hand I refused to go to the doctor because I couldn’t afford it – it wasn’t until my manager swore up and down that worker’s comp would cover it that I even considered going – and there were pieces of bone sticking out of my hand. I once walked on a broken foot for a year. A year. Because my boss wouldn’t let me have the time off to let it heal properly and my job required being on my feet for 8+hours a day. And that fucking foot kept starting to heal and then re-fracturing all over again. Spaghetti makes me sick to my stomach because I ate it every fucking day for months on end because pasta and tomato sauce are CHEAP, but there was no meat and no veggies, so it didn’t really do me any good.

Sometimes I buy things I don’t need just to prove to myself that I can. And sometimes I go crazy and buy bags of things for the homeless shelter and the food bank because Jesus, do people need it and I have a little extra to spare now. Sometimes I hoard things, like soap and food and old clothes that I don’t like and will never wear again, because what if I need it in the future and can’t afford it?

Sometimes I remember being so poor that my power was turned off and my bank account was negative and I had nothing in the kitchen but ramen noodles and canned beans and god only knew how I was going to scrape together $475 to pay the rent on my shitty apartment and the lingering stress makes me start to cry.

Rice for a whole winter, except weekends when my boyfriend came down and took me out, and margarine—forget butter—for it only rarely, so I couldn’t eat white rice for forty years.  Pasta and soup with maybe a burger on payday as my only meat.  No dental work, so my teeth are an ongoing trainwreck.  Living in one-room studio apartments in residential hotels for a decade because we couldn’t afford a real apartment or utilities.  And yes to all the bank crap.

I want the Congresscritters to live through a year of THAT before they vote on programs for the poor.

tamorapierce:

This is why I can’t stand people taking the SNAP challenge.
You don’t know the reality. You don’t come away with true empathy for people living the reality. And you still don’t listen to people living the reality.

The money spent on the F-35 would be enough to buy every homeless person in the country a mansion.

via Truth.

The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is looking like a very costly mistake for the U.S. military.

How costly? According to an analysis by ThinkProgress, the money spent on the F-35 would be enough to buy every homeless person in the country a mansion.

Read more

Now, every homeless person doesn’t really need a mansion but I understand why they used that to demonstrate the obscene spending here. I’d rather we find modest housing for everyone who needs it and then have some jingle leftover to feed the people who struggle with food insecurity. And we’d probably have some leftover for the other things that benefit society & low income families, like childcare  subsidies.

Thoughts on “This is what happened when I drove my Mercedes to pick up food stamps”

The article  “This is what happened when I drove my Mercedes to pick up food stamps” was sent to me about a dozen times by mid-morning. I tweeted my thoughts about it and you can see them below in the Storify I made (which may look wonky since embed doesn’t work correctly in wordpress, so I had to convert to html and …yeah).

I don’t have much to add to the series of tweets. A lot of people really loved this piece and I respect that. I suspect it’s because people are liking a narrative that addresses going from stability to poverty in a short time since it’s becoming a common story.
As always, I just like to look at things through a more critical lens and offer perspective that may be outside of popular opinion.

Thoughts on WaPo “Drove my Mercedes to pick up food stamps”//

 

 

Thoughts on WaPo “Drove my Mercedes to pick up food stamps”

  1. OK, I read the Mercedes-Food Stamps thing.
    1st off: I agree that when you become poor, it’s illogical to sell things. #talkpoverty
  2. Selling things of value when you find yourself in poverty only reduces your access to opportunities & advantages. #talkpoverty
  3. I was bothered by the author’s wording sometimes. She seemed to see herself as above the “poverty stricken mothers” in their “grungy den”
  4. Referring to herself as the tall blonde girl on heels and it’s really a powerful statement against the way she describes the other WIC moms
  5. I had to stop going to WIC b/c I had to take 2 buses to get to the appointments & couldn’t afford bus fare.Reality for some
    #talkpoverty
  6. Even if we had a car, I could never guarantee at times we’d have gas money or be able to pay insurance.Grateful for having public transport
  7. In the WaPo piece, author mentions the Mercedes was a 2nd car. The Honda wouldn’t start. So, that makes me feel a certain way…
    BUT
  8. I mean…you have a paid off ,reliable Mercedes… that’s the car you should be driving. That’s reasonable.
  9. Someone also just asked me…”what did she mean ‘picking up food stamps'”?
    Good question because WIC isn’t food stamps
  10. It’s important for people sharing their stories of poverty,however brief, refer to gov’t programs & processes correctly in their writing.
  11. when you call WIC “food stamps” , it’s misleading as to how programs work. You can be eligible for WIC but not food stamps.
  12. @dumbsainted that confused me, too. You don’t pick up food stamps at a church.
  13. At no point in the WaPo piece does the author tell a story about using food stamps. She’s using WIC.
    #talkpoverty
  14. I appreciate that she mentions that the application process for safety net programs is not easy because really…it isn’t a piece of cake.
  15. @dumbsainted did she learn the lesson that poverty has nothing to do with character flaws? that other poor ppl “failed” bc systemic problem?
  16. .@MommysaurusRAWR There’s no lessons except to reveal that she felt embarrassed & internalized msgs about how poor people should live
  17. @dumbsainted For me her piece smacked of respectability, that she only became poor through larger forces, as if others did not.
  18. @dumbsainted I liked the article because it showed another side. Her language/descriptions weren’t always the best. The emotion was there.
  19. Whenever someone writes about their poverty experience, their individual narrative isn’t going to be something everyone can identify with.
  20. Poverty can look different. It can last for years and years or be a brief experience. Some people have more advantages to escape,too.
  21. Someone who is white,cishet, educated, ablebodied…. it’s less likely that they stay in poverty for long periods of time.
  22. No, I was not saying that white people don’t live in poverty for long periods. I think I’m proof of that.
    (Hi, I’m White )

 

Welfare is a Women’s Issue (1972) by Johnnie Tillmon

via OUR TIME

Welfare is a Women’s Issue (1972) by Johnnie Tillmon

I’m a woman. I’m a black woman. I’m a poor woman. I’m a fat woman. I’m a middle-aged woman. And I’m on welfare.

In this country, if you’re any one of those things you count less as a human being. If you’re all those things, you don’t count at all. Except as a statistic.

I am 45 years old. I have raised six children. There are millions of statistics like me. Some on welfare. Some not. And some, really poor, who don’t even know they’re entitled to welfare. Not all of them are black. Not at all. In fact, the majority-about two-thirds-of all the poor families in the country are white.

Welfare’s like a traffic accident. It can happen to anybody, but especially it happens to women.

And that’s why welfare is a women’s issue. For a lot of middle-class women in this country, Women’s Liberation is a matter of concern. For women on welfare it’s a matter of survival.

Survival. That’s why we had to go on welfare. And that’s why we can’t get off welfare now. Not us women. Not until we do something about liberating poor women in this country.

Because up until now we’ve been raised to expect to work, all our lives, for nothing. Because we are the worst educated, the least-skilled, and the lowest-paid people there are. Because we have to be almost totally responsible for our children. Because we are regarded by everybody as dependents. That’s why we are on welfare. And that’s why we stay on it.

Welfare is the most prejudiced institution in this country, even more than marriage, which it tries to imitate. Let me explain that a little.

Ninety-nine percent of welfare families are headed by women. There is no man around. In half the states there can’t be men around because A.F.D.C. (Aid to Families With Dependent Children) says if there is an “able-bodied” man around, then you can’t be on welfare. If the kids are going to eat, and the man can’t get a job, then he’s got to go.

Welfare is like a super-sexist marriage. You trade in a man for the man. But you can’t divorce him if he treats you bad. He can divorce you, of course, cut you off anytime he wants. But in that case, he keeps the kids, not you.The man runs everything. In ordinary marriage, sex is supposed to be for your husband. On A.F.D.C., you’re not supposed to have any sex at all. You give up control of your own body. It’s a condition of aid. You may even have to agree to get your tubes tied so you can never have more children just to avoid being cut off welfare.

The man, the welfare system, controls your money. He tells you what to buy, what not to buy, where to buy it, and how much things cost. If things-rent, for instance-really cost more than he says they do, it’s just too bad for you. He’s always right.

That’s why Governor [Ronald] Reagan can get away with slandering welfare recipients, calling them “lazy parasites,” “pigs at the trough,” and such. We’ve been trained to believe that the only reason people are on welfare is because there’s something wrong with their character. If people have “motivation,” if people only want to work, they can, and they will be able to support themselves and their kids in decency.

The truth is a job doesn’t necessarily mean an adequate income. There are some ten million jobs that now pay less than the minimum wage, and if you’re a woman, you’ve got the best chance of getting one. Why would a 45-year-old woman work all day in a laundry ironing shirts at 90-some cents an hour? Because she knows there’s some place lower she could be. She could be on welfare. Society needs women on welfare as “examples” to let every woman, factory workers and housewife workers alike, know what will happen if she lets up, if she’s laid off, if she tries to go it alone without a man. So these ladies stay on their feet or on their knees all their lives instead of asking why they’re only getting 90-some cents an hour, instead of daring to fight and complain.

Maybe we poor welfare women will really liberate women in this country. We’ve already started on our own welfare plan. Along with other welfare recipients, we have organized so we can have some voice. Our group is called the National Welfare Rights Organization (N.W.R.O.). We put together our own welfare plan, called Guaranteed Adequate Income (G.A.I.), which would eliminate sexism from welfare. There would be no “categories”-men, women, children, single, married, kids, no kids-just poor people who need aid. You’d get paid according to need and family size only and that would be upped as the cost of living goes up.

As far as I’m concerned, the ladies of N.W.R.O. are the front-line troops of women’s freedom. Both because we have so few illusions and because our issues are so important to all women-the right to a living wage for women’s work, the right to life itself.

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Social Worker & Mental Health Tumblrs

There’s a wealth of information on tumblr regarding social work & mental health. These are listed together because the issues quite often go hand in hand.
Thanks to Creative Social Worker for putting this directory together.

Social Worker Tumblrs<br /><br />
Creative Clinical Social Worker<br /><br />
Social Workin’<br /><br />
It Will All Make Sense<br /><br />
The Political Social Worker<br /><br />
Social Work Tech<br /><br />
Social Work Helper<br /><br />
Trauma Therapist<br /><br />
Trauma Social Worker<br /><br />
Connect The Dots Backwards<br /><br />
Radical Social Worker<br /><br />
Social Work Memes<br /><br />
Social Werq<br /><br />
Unemployed Social Worker<br /><br />
Student Social Worker<br /><br />
Products of Poverty<br /><br />
SWK 4 Life<br /><br />
What Should We Call Social Work?<br /><br />
School Meet Life<br /><br />
Canadian Social Worker<br /><br />
Joylisamia<br /><br />
Social Justice Solutions<br /><br />
Life as a Social Worker<br /><br />
ACSWA Clinical Social Work<br /><br />
Social Worky Megan<br /><br />
Lauren LCSW<br /><br />
Miss Joan<br /><br />
Heirloom June<br /><br />
The Notorious Amy<br /><br />
The Social Work Network<br /><br />
Social Worker Taking on the World<br /><br />
Social Work Grad Students<br /><br />
Social Work Wisdom<br /><br />
Social Work Sad<br /><br />
School Social Worker Blog<br /><br />
Social Work Psych Stuff<br /><br />
Alison Rae<br /><br />
What Even Is Social Justice?<br /><br />
Chris Talks Social Work Stuff<br /><br />
Southernish<br /><br />
Social Work Bridges<br /><br />
Social Work Wanderer <br /><br />
Social Workers Online<br /><br />
Tito Tito<br /><br />
Hand Knit By a Failed Feminist<br /><br />
The Social Work Exam<br /><br />
The Running Vegan MSW<br /><br />
Social Worky<br /><br />
Social Work Musings<br /><br />
Geeky Therapist<br /><br />
Other Side of the Couch<br /><br />
Steven Armijo<br /><br />
Social Work, Psych and Counseling<br /><br />
All Things Social<br /><br />
June on the West Coast<br /><br />
Chasing Thunder<br /><br />
Social Work Problems<br /><br />
Ramp Your Voice<br /><br />
Onewomanareme<br /><br />
Jehovahs Thicknesss<br /><br />
Ducky Does Therapy<br /><br />
Aspie Social Worker<br /><br />
Social Justice Works<br /><br />
Crasstun<br /><br />
The Social Worker Life<br /><br />
Social Worky Ideas<br /><br />
Therapeutic Nihilism<br /><br />
This is not Social Work<br /><br />
Reflectophile<br /><br />
Therapist Tumblrs<br /><br />
Creative Clinical Social Worker<br /><br />
The Humbled Therapist<br /><br />
Therapy 101<br /><br />
It Will All Make Sense<br /><br />
Trauma Therapist<br /><br />
What Should We Call Art Therapy?<br /><br />
Connect The Dots Backwards<br /><br />
Passionate Therapist<br /><br />
Therapist Confessions<br /><br />
Tenacious Twenties<br /><br />
Kati Morton<br /><br />
PsyD or Bust<br /><br />
Twin Therapists<br /><br />
So This is Expressive Therapies<br /><br />
Ducky Does Therapy<br /><br />
The Angry Therapist<br /><br />
Doctor School Problems<br /><br />
Psychologist Problems<br /><br />
Keep Calm And Psychoanalyze<br /><br />
She Wants the PsyD<br /><br />
Other Side of the Couch<br /><br />
Secrets of a Sarcastic Psychologist<br /><br />
Confessions of a Broke Grad Student<br /><br />
Geeky Therapist<br /><br />
So You’re a Music Therapist<br /><br />
Thrive Music Therapy<br /><br />
Fuck Yeah Therapizing<br /><br />
Misses Torrance<br /><br />
Art Journaling<br /><br />
Therapist at Play<br /><br />
Creative Arts Therapy Rocks<br /><br />
Psychotherapy<br /><br />
Lowery Makes Art<br /><br />
Serious Mental Illness Blog<br /><br />
Psychological Musings<br /><br />
Cognitive Defusion<br /><br />
Chameleon Play Therapy<br /><br />
LaraMaurinoTherapy<br /><br />
Training-Psychologist<br /><br />
Heirloom June<br /><br />
Counseling Inside and Outside<br /><br />
Psych Jim<br /><br />
Mindful Irreverence<br /><br />
The Medicated Therapist<br /><br />
What Should We Call MFT<br /><br />
Therapy Bros<br /><br />
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy<br /><br />
Creative Psychologist<br /><br />
Therapy and Therapists<br /><br />
Counseling Inside and Out<br /><br />
Eevee Pony<br /><br />
Therapy Ideas For Future Clients<br /><br />
Shrink Rants<br /><br />
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<p><strong>Social Worker Tumblrs</strong></p>
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<li><a href=Creative Clinical Social Worker

  • Social Workin’
  • It Will All Make Sense
  • The Political Social Worker
  • Social Work Tech
  • Social Work Helper
  • Trauma Therapist
  • Trauma Social Worker
  • Connect The Dots Backwards
  • Radical Social Worker
  • Social Work Memes
  • Social Werq
  • Unemployed Social Worker
  • Student Social Worker
  • Products of Poverty
  • SWK 4 Life
  • What Should We Call Social Work?
  • School Meet Life
  • Canadian Social Worker
  • Joylisamia
  • Social Justice Solutions
  • Life as a Social Worker
  • ACSWA Clinical Social Work
  • Social Worky Megan
  • Lauren LCSW
  • Miss Joan
  • Heirloom June
  • The Notorious Amy
  • The Social Work Network
  • Social Worker Taking on the World
  • Social Work Grad Students
  • Social Work Wisdom
  • Social Work Sad
  • School Social Worker Blog
  • Social Work Psych Stuff
  • Alison Rae
  • What Even Is Social Justice?
  • Chris Talks Social Work Stuff
  • Southernish
  • Social Work Bridges
  • Social Work Wanderer
  • Social Workers Online
  • Tito Tito
  • Hand Knit By a Failed Feminist
  • The Social Work Exam
  • The Running Vegan MSW
  • Social Worky
  • Social Work Musings
  • Geeky Therapist
  • Other Side of the Couch
  • Steven Armijo
  • Social Work, Psych and Counseling
  • All Things Social
  • June on the West Coast
  • Chasing Thunder
  • Social Work Problems
  • Ramp Your Voice
  • Onewomanareme
  • Jehovahs Thicknesss
  • Ducky Does Therapy
  • Aspie Social Worker
  • Social Justice Works
  • Crasstun
  • The Social Worker Life
  • Social Worky Ideas
  • Therapeutic Nihilism
  • This is not Social Work
  • Reflectophile
  • Therapist Tumblrs

    Psychology Tumblrs

    Recovery/Support Tumblrs

    A woman’s 4.0 GPA is equal to a man’s 2.0

     

     

     

    So, this is fun. High school GPAs may be a good indicator afterall of future income BUT not if that student graduating is the woman variety.
    A Woman With Perfect Grades Is Worth The Same As A Man With A 2.0 Average | ThinkProgress. ←link

    I don’t think grades are everything usually. I think a lot of parents and schools use grades to measure intelligence and potential way too much. But hell…I have twin daughters who are graduating next year and it’s depressing to raise daughters to believe they ARE equal beings and can have success in whatever field they choose when society isn’t quite up to speed on the matter. They both currently have a 3.9 GPA. They’re proud of their academic success and have some great aspirations for college. How do we keep our daughters motivated to succeed when no matter how much they focus on  their goals, they face going into a job market that determines their value as less because of gender?

    The answer is not that they need to “lean in” more. This is not something we can fix by telling our daughters to work harder and be smarter.

    On a related note, everyone is talking about Jill Abramson being fired from the New York Times and speculation has gone straight to pay gap issues.  I echo what Maria Shriver says. I don’t know all the ins and outs of the Abramson case, but I do know this: Jill Abramson is going to be fine. What I also know is that the gender pay gap in this country is real, especially for low-income working women. That’s who isn’t doing fine.”

    It’s still a significant problem. Congress (ok, Republicans in Congress, specifically) have voted no on every measure meant to close the gender pay gap.Equal pay shouldn’t be such a hard thing to achieve.

    Recently, David Leonhardt tried to link fidgety boys to poverty, stating that boys are in a crisis state and girls are doing just fine. There’s a lot to pick apart in his article but one flawed point made was this:

    To put it another way, the American economy — for all its troubles (and all of the lingering sexism) — looks to be doing pretty well when you focus on girls. The portion of women earning a four-year college degree has jumped more than 75 percent over the last quarter-century, in line with what has happened in other rich countries. Median inflation-adjusted female earnings are up almost 35 percent over the same span, census data show — while male earnings, incredibly, haven’t risen at all.

    One of the causes of widening inequality in the U.S. is due to the fact that nobody is getting a decent pay increase . The rate of pay increases since the late 60s hasn’t kept pace with inflation. Women still on average make 77 cents for every man’s dollar… and this is all women. Women of color and transgender women earn less than white women even. Black women, for example, earns less than 70 cents for every dollar a man earns.  Over the last quarter century, women’s earning may be up almost 35% (thanks,feminism.May the future version of you be more intersectional and fight equally for everyone) but it still isn’t even equal to a man’s dollar.  I have a fidgety boy myself but I am far more concerned about the future my daughters have. There is a crisis for ALL children being raised in poverty (equal consideration given to single parented households and two parent households). Fidgety or not, my son is still going to start his future career at  a better advantage than his sisters.

    I mean, unless something changes to equalize things. Finally.

     


    ok! ok! hold it! I just want to say something you know, for every dollar a man makes a woman makes 63 cents. now, fifty years ago that was 62 cents. so, with that kind of luck, it’ll be the year 3,888 before we make a buck. but hey, girl

    (That 63 cents was back  in 1990. And we’re up to 77 cents 20 years later.

     

    One Family’s Story Shows How The Cycle Of Poverty Is Hard To Break : NPR

    Link : One Family’s Story Shows How The Cycle Of Poverty Is Hard To Break : NPR.

    via @nprnews@SocialWorkersRJ

    Well,goodness. I always stress than while personal narratives can share common threads, there are many ways poverty can look but I connect with this personally. Metcalf lives about 2 counties away from where I do. It’s hard to even get dental coverage through medicaid here if you’re an adult and very few dentists will even accept it. The one closest to me is a horror show. And by closest, I have the same issue as Metcalf …transportation. Right where I live, we have a great public bus system but traveling outside of the area isn’t easy.

    We are also in that dangerous space where if I were to just get a part time job, we would lose assistance but any income I make wouldn’t be enough to offset the lost assistance PLUS cover the cost of childcare. Hell, a part time job probably wouldn’t even cover the cost of childcare here. The daycare subsidy waiting list is long, so that isn’t a huge help.

    Metcalf faces another situation common among low-income workers. She knows if she starts making money, other benefits — like food stamps — will be cut or eliminated.

    “I guess to me the system seems backward. I mean, they should be more for helping you, not kind of setting you up to fail, so to speak,” Metcalf says.Just recently, the family’s food stamp benefit dropped from $700 a month to $200 because her daughter started to receive $744 a month from Social Security to treat her emotional issues and her husband began working part time at McDonald’s. Of course, now he’s gone.

    And there’s one more thing. Although Metcalf is only 24, she’s missing most of her top front teeth. She says it’s from hereditary gum disease. Medicaid paid $3,000 for a partial bridge, but now she can’t use it because her other teeth are crumbling.

    Rezelman points out that Metcalf could get more dental work, but there are no providers who accept Medicaid in the Bath area. Metcalf would have to go to Rochester to have the work done, but again, she has no transportation.

    “It’s distressing because you have to be so motivated and capable to navigate those systems and come out ahead,” Rezelman says.

    It’s a complaint you hear again and again, not just from those who get government aid, but sometimes from providers.

    Kathryn Muller is the commissioner of social services for Steuben County, where Metcalf lives. Muller says her office provides an array of services to help the county’s struggling families.

    “Really, it’s sometimes hand-holding. It’s working with employers and putting case managers with individuals who are starting employment and helping them,” she says.

    But she says sometimes their hands are tied by state and federal laws. For example, welfare recipients can meet their work requirements by going to school, but only for a year.

    “One year is great. It’s better than what used to be, but you can’t get an associate’s degree in one year,” says Muller.

    Even though, she notes, one of the main reasons people can’t get work is a lack of education.

    Muller says some of the limits on government aid are there to prevent people from abusing the system, but she thinks there’s also a misperception about the poor.

    “It’s not a chosen lifestyle. Certainly there is abuse out there. There’s abuse no matter what it is. But it’s not a chosen lifestyle,” she says.

    Metcalf could not agree more. She just wishes it wasn’t such a struggle getting help. Still, she hopes someday to get back to college.

     

    “I haven’t given up my dream yet. I just keep putting it on the back burner until it ain’t raining so hard, I guess,” she says.

    10 Biggest Brain Damaging Habits (and who is at risk)

    via More Psychology Hacks Here – Life Hackable.

    Almost all of this list of brain damaging habits are things more likely to affect people in poverty. I am so sorry for my redundancy at times but we really need to shift this focus off of weight issues  being the primary health concern among those in poverty and give more attention to brain health being the main concern.

    1/ Giving children free breakfast in school dramatically increases their academic performance

    2/ Many people who live with (or have lived with) food insecurity tend to overeat when they do have food because they don’t know where their next meal is coming from and it may have been a while since they had enough food. 

    4/ Affordable foods that provide enough calories (especially in food deserts) are high in sugar.

    5/ People in poor, non-white neighborhoods are exposed to more hazardous pollution. Low income housing overall tend to be in more polluted areas of cities.

    6/ There’s a distinct link between poor sleep quality and poverty.

    7/People sleep with their head covered when it’s cold because they can’t afford heat. (thank you, JW from the comments!)

    8/ Poor people can’t afford to take time off work, even when they’re sick.

    9/ Poverty depletes brain power 

    10/ Poverty is socially isolating.