I have been in super stress mode since I got my schedule for these next two months. I do no have enough hours to pay my rent and bills and buy groceries. We have been just barely making it since we moved here as it is.
I applied for food assistance when we moved but was denied. I went a couple weeks ago, showed them my most recent stubs and my work schedule, and was told it would take a month or so to be approved or denied. I didn’t know how I was going to get us through this. I have been cooking and eating as frugally as possible, giving Wallace as much as he can eat, but sacrificing some of what I should be eating.
Well, when we got home from work today, I nearly cried when I opened an envelope and there was my card for food stamps. I had no idea if there would be money on it or not. I got Wallace situated with a banana and called the number to activate it. There was money and enough to feed us for at least a month! It is such a huge relief to have this and I was crying when I sent a text to a friend to tell her the news.
I can breathe again. I also have an interview tomorrow after work. It would be a good job and I have a good feeling about the family, but it is not in my optimal range of pay.
This is not what I expected or envisioned my life to be when I started working towards being a single mom by choice. When I got pregnant, I had a decent job for a good family that appreciated me. I loved the kids and pay was enough to live on. This is not what I planned. Thankfully, there are these systems here to help when things aren’t going as planned. I am working towards better and would really love to become an IBCLC.
No parent should worry how they are going to feed the families. No child should be eating smaller portions or going to bed hungry. If you have the means, donate food this holiday season. Donate toys too (I won’t be buying Wallace or anyone else any presents, but he has family who are and I have a few things I got in the summer and set aside).
Fingers crossed for this interview tomorrow.