DH works full time at a non-profit. He brings home about $1100 to $1200 a month ( $1200 if he gets non-existant overtime! lol)
We were getting foodstamps, and last week our annual recertification was due. DH submitted the paperwork, and we were turned down. There are 5 people in our household, 3 are under the age of 5. DH argued the denial, and we were given a new caseworker and told to re apply. We did so and were told that it would take anywhere from 2 weeks to 45 days for our application to be processed, but that they were backed up so there was no chance of the application being processed sooner than 2 weeks.
I don't know what to do now. We pay $675 for rent plus $25 late fee (because rent is more that an entire paycheque, so we have to use the entire first paycheque of the month and part of the second to cover rent) , $100 for electric, $35 for phone, $55 for insurance premiums, $60 for diapers, $10 for coin laundry, $15 for household stuff like soap and toilet paper, and $50 in co-pays for Lupus meds for me. This leaves $135 for whatever might arise, and this would be at the second paycheck, at the end of the month. We already handed over all the first paycheque this month to rent, so we have $0 right now.
I have the following in my kitchen: 2lbs rice. 1 dozen eggs. 1/2 lb cheese. 1 cucumber. 1lb oatmeal. That's it. I don't know when or if we will be approved for foodstamps, if we are approved, that's still a week and a half out at least.. The nearest food pantry is 4 miles away. We don't have a car, so if I end up going there it will be over an hour walk along a highway and very busy streets each way, with three young children in a stroller.
Just feeling very defeated and at the end of my rope. I've been in tears the past few days. We are running out of food and i just have no idea where to turn.......
Sorry for the disjointed, rambling post. Have any other Mamas found themselves in a situation like this? Any suggestions or words of advice?