Krystal, I'm so glad that you finally got your food stamps sorted, but man... why did you have to pass the bad luck along to me?!?
We have NOTHING on our foodstamp card. Which would be okay, since we spent the last of July's benefits right at the end of the month figuring that it would be enough food to last a while. But thursday (my first day of work at the 'booby prize temp job') our power went out for FIFTEEN HOURS. And of course, it was 95+ degrees out that day. Everything we'd bought that was perishable had to be trashed -- all the lunch meat for my lunches, all the milk for DS, all the butter and cheese, anything that we'd prepared to eat as leftovers, the meat that was thawing, the frozen veggies in the door of the freezer, the WIC juice, the few fancy snacks we'd bought and froze like ice cream, everything.
And of course this is the month that DHS is going to a new system where benefits are transfered to your account on a rotating day according to the last digit of your social security number. Mine is a 6 -- which means I get my $408 of benefits on August 11th -- exactly 2 days after I get my first paycheck and won't need them or offically even qualify for them anymore. AND, I don't even have WIC anymore to replace the milk and cheese because their 'prenatal checkup' appointment was scheduled for my first day of work and there is NO WAY I can get time off to go sit in their office for 3 hours.
We've got pantry staples like pasta and rice, but nothing to go with/on them and no veggies as well as nothing I can take to work for surreptitious lunches or snacks (Everyone else in my office eats out every day. I'm not allowed to eat in my office, and there are no facilities at all -- no fridge, no microwave, no sink, not even a freakin' coffee maker... I have to take a cooler and eat in my car.) We have to get at least some staples, but it's looking like they're going to have to go on DH's credit card at 22% APR since we barely made rent, have nothing in the account and still owe half our deposit on our new place this month. Plus, at some point I'm going to have to call DHS and let them know that I'm employed, at which point they'll take us off all aid. I'm terrified of DS being uninsured until feburary, and I'm terrified that if we do spend food stamps on the 11th we'll have to pay them back the money.
And I'm really (#*&$%^ tired of being hungry and terrified.