The days of unemployment benefits remaining are numbered …
And with the Delta variant is surging you may find yourself unemployed longer than expected. What are you going to do to feed your family?
Well, there are options. First, let go of your ego and pride. You’re going to be in a bad spot soon and, while you’re waiting for that dream job to come calling - you need to take action to protect yourself and ensure your security … remember, it’s only temporary.
SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program). SNAP is another word for food stamps. In New York, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) issues electronic benefits that can be used like cash to purchase food. SNAP helps low-income working people, senior citizens, the disabled and others feed their families. Eligibility and benefit levels are based on household size, income and other factors.
Food Banks. Now is not a time to be prideful. Locate food banks through Feeding America. These banks will provide large boxes for your family. To locate the closest regional food bank, visit: https://www.feedingamerica.org
Food Pantry. Be sure to be on the lookout for your local food pantry, as well. Food pantries are the local version of your regional food bank. You will usually find these in nearby churches, libraries and other community centers.
Federal Assistance. As the pandemic evolves and circumstances change, you’ll need to keep an ear out for changes to government programs. For the most recent programs, check here: https://www.usa.gov/food-help
Soup Kitchens. It‘s an awful thought, but you need to do what you can to get through. There are some great options out there too, don’t let pride stand in your way.
Be Resourceful. Forget about Whole Foods or the local niche market. Those are ideals of the past. Now, it’s about survival. Sav-A-Lot, Price Shopper, Aldi’s, Market Basket, WinCo .. those are all places to start.
Research Local Box Buying. Many areas have local box buying clubs. You will usually find them advertised in the local paper or, nowadays, on the local area Facebook group. These clubs bulk buy produce, meat and sometimes fruit or dairy. Orders typically go in monthly and are always a great way to save, yet still get quality food.
These are just a start. Keep applying and hold your head high - you got this!