Pennsylvania disability residents facing food stamp cuts

Facing a long term disability can be daunting, especially without the financial resources to cover living expenses and medical bills. If a long term disabilitycompletely prevents one from working, that presents an even bigger burden. Some government-sponsored programs are equipped to help individuals coping with a disability, but cutting the funding of those programs often undermines their effectiveness.

Residents in Pennsylvania are coming to terms with a funding cut for the food stamp program, formally known as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. A recent announcement that soon five percent less assistance will be available has made it seemingly impossible to imagine making ends meet for one mother of two. After being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis and having to stop working, she quickly discovered that her disability payments were not covering all of their living expenses. She uses her food stamps to keep food in the fridge.

Most people use food stamps out of need, though certainly there are some who take advantage of the program. According to distribution site employees, most shoppers allegedly buy the bare minimum staples like bread, milk and eggs. Worries that this five percent reduction in assistance is the first of more to come has many across the country worried that the demand will simply continue to increase, leaving more and more without food.

Social Security Disability Insurance provides financial assistance for people in Pennsylvania who are unable to work due to a debilitating injury, illness or disability. For many people, the benefits, while often modest, make a big difference in their ability to make ends meet, frequently keeping them above poverty level. The process for acquiring disability benefits can be difficult and frustrating, particularly without an experienced and dependable guide. An individual may seek advice about one's rights under the law from a professional.

Source: readingeagle.com, Food stamp cuts affecting many in Berks-About 1 in 6 residents of Berks will be forced to tighten their belts, Mike Urban, Nov. 2, 2013

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