Earlier today I read an article by Eli Saslow on Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The article is titled “Food stamps put Rhode Island town on monthly boom-and-bust cycle,” and tells the story of how this town’s economy depends on SNAP.

It’s crazy to me that SNAP used to be something people could use in an emergency situation for a short period of time, but now some people truly rely heavily on it. As the article describes, people line up with shopping carts full of food in the grocery store until the clock strikes midnight and the money is transferred into their EBT accounts. And it’s not just the unemployed, “lazy” folks, but people of all walks of life—even us volunteers. If we didn’t apply for SNAP while serving as an AmeriCorps member, we certainly would not be able to do what we are doing and pay our bills—particularly student loans…

Still, I question whether or not we should be using SNAP, as we are trying to give back and serve the country—not “live off the system”…

What are your thoughts on this?


Read the full article here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/food-stamps-put-rhode-island-town-on-monthly-boom-and-bust-cycle/2013/03/16/08ace07c-8ce1-11e2-b63f-f53fb9f2fcb4_story.html

You can also view photos from the story by Michael S. Williamson here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/rhode-island-town-relies-on-food-stamps/2013/03/16/d21fab94-8d93-11e2-b63f-f53fb9f2fcb4_gallery.html#photo=1

I made it to the gym after work and was able to put in a nice two-mile run. When I got to the house to do the chores and feed the animals tonight, I was rewarded by an incredible sunset stretching all the way across the Valley to Blanca. I can see why people live out here, the wide-open countryside sure is beautiful…

I don’t have my memory card reader with me to upload photos off my camera, so for now, here are some I took with my cellphone:

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