"Most think people on food stamps are sponges, but my mother is everything but a sponge. We don't struggle because my mom doesn't work hard enough. We struggle because of the economy and simply because what cards we were dealt."
I had worked as a newspaper reporter for more than a decade, interviewing presidential candidates and reality TV stars. I had a college degree and a retirement account. Never once had I thought I would need help with something as basic as buying food for my kid.
Perhaps the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program's congressional opponents wouldn't be such a danger if voters better understood the program. But there are many myths about the program that poison the public perception of it.
Until now, there has not been a single place where interested individuals across multiple sectors could convene to discuss ideas about how to improve nutrition among SNAP beneficiaries. Launched today, the SNAP to Health website will do just that.
I never think about wanting something at the store that I can't get, except maybe because it's too fattening, but never because I can't afford it. That's the point of the challenge -- to get a glimpse into what the 48 million "food insecure" Americans experience day in and day out.