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Just curious how common this is. We got approved and will be getting $426 per month towards food. SO PSYCHED!!!! It will really help us out while we are going through a rough time.
 

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We currently get $259/month but I'm sure that amount will be lowered since I've been working overtime. Way to punish me for working harder <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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We had them for a very long time. I loved having them and my pet name for them was my "foodies."<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/afro.jpg" style="border:0px solid;" title="afro"><br>
Feel free to borrow that phrase.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/duck.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Duck">:
 

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We got them in the past. We qualify now but we don't *need* them and I hate the application process and all that so we don't have them. I think if I were to lose my overtime at work I would apply again. Same with WIC, I hate the invasion of privacy and having to go in every 2 months so we don't get that either. The only thing we get is medicaid for the kids.<br><br>
Whent we moved to MO 3 years ago we got $398 a month and we never ate so well in our lives LOL
 

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we get 'em. i see no shame in it, but boy does my mother <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="rolleyes">
 

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I voted "Not now, but in the past," - but I've never received them as an adult. My family received them growing up.
 

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I voted "in the past" but I never technically received food stamps. Do they even do that in Canada? Anyhow, I used the local food bank on a couple of occasions back in the day when I was between jobs. Every time I donate to the food bank I feel like I'm paying them back!
 

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Oopss...I misread the third option and picked it.<br><br>
We've never needed it, although, technically, b/c we're a military family, our income qualifies us for WIC (I don't know about food stamps) b/c they don't count about a third of it since it's "allowances" as opposed to "pay".<br><br>
So, since there's no need, I don't take them.
 

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I voted no because I voted as an adult. When I was a kid, my parents got food stamps from when I was born till age 1 and then again from when I was 4-7 and then again from when I was 10-17 and moved out on my own.<br><br>
I have never needed them or qualified since I was an adult...but I would not hesitate to use them if needed. I was briefly on WIC, when I was unemployed for 4 months. That was the lowest my income ever was an an adult and it was about $1200 a month, which is near the income cut-off for food stamps. I considered applying to see but as it was I was employed very soon after I decided that I might qualify.
 

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No, as an adult. When I was about 8, we were on them for a few months until my dad found a new job. The whole oil market crash and what not really threw my family for a loop. My mom went out and got a job as an apt manager really quickly, but it didn't really leave a lot of money for anything other than the bills. It took my dad a few months to find a new job. I'm glad they exist for temporary situations like this. It made my parents' lives a lot easier I'm sure, knowing they could still feed me.
 

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We get FS - the max amount for a family of 2 which is $298 a month.<br><br>
It really helps - we share with my parents, who live with us, and our combinede grocery & HBA budget is $450 a month - $298 of which is the FS.<br><br>
If it were just me & DD eating from the FS - We'd be eating great!
 

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I want to vote other but you don't have it.<br>
We applied for food stamps in the past but were just over the qualifying income. We were qualified to get help from a food distribution program so we did that instead.<br><br>
If we had the need and qualified we would use food stamps.
 

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We have them now, and honestly we would have starved these last few months without them. They have saved us. We get around 420$ for a family of four although the littlest (9mo) doesn't eat much yet. Hopefully we wont have to use them much longer, and have only had them now for three months but its great thats its available. We also get wic. We are able to eat comfortably with the amount it gives us, and i am grateful.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">We got them in the past. We qualify now but we don't *need* them and I hate the application process and all that so we don't have them. I think if I were to lose my overtime at work I would apply again. Same with WIC, I hate the invasion of privacy and having to go in every 2 months so we don't get that either. The only thing we get is medicaid for the kids.<br><br>
Whent we moved to MO 3 years ago we got $398 a month and we never ate so well in our lives LOL</div>
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Although we qualify now (we found out it would only be $30 a month) we've learned to live a very very simple life to make ends meet. There are other personal aspects to not excepts food stamps for us too (not anything to do with embarrasment). but we do have state insurance for the DC's, which in Jan., they will be cut and put on DHs insurance. yay! His employer decided to cut the monthly dues for it in half <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/carrot.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="carrot"> Now, with a little help from me (selling art) we should be able to do this <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">
 

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There wasn't an "other" so I didn't vote. I applied for food stamps when I was in college -- you had to be not a dependent of your parents, working at least 20 hours a week, and enrolled fulltime in school, all of which was true for me. But it turned out I my income was about about $20 over the monthly limit. So I didn't actually get them, but I did apply.
 

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We get them now and I actually have to go recert this thursday- I'd rather have my eyes cut out with a spoon than to deal with the application process yet again, but could still use the help. Our income has gone up however I can't "count" dd towards benefits at all (It's a miracle IMO that I get WIC for her). The plus side is that they (In NY) raised the income limit some and raised the amounts some people get a few months ago.
 

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We don't have food stamps up here in Ontario Canada.<br>
I gather that you can buy food with them, but can someone explain some of the details? What does an actual "food stamp" look like? Where can you use it? What can you/can't you buy with it?
 

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We have been under the income level many times, but I have not applied for them. Too proud and stubborn I guess. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> But there have been many times that food stamps would have really helped me out and I was too foolish to just ask for the help.
 
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