Food stamp allocation not enough for survival

info@islandpacket.comJanuary 29, 2014 

Twenty-two dollars. That's how much food the state of South Carolina thinks I need to survive a month.


That doesn't even buy a butterless potato a day, much less a meal. (Fortunately, I don't eat meat.)

Last year, I had $82 a month in food stamps and even though I'm 75 now, I still need the same amount.

My income is the same, with very little Social Security into which I paid when I worked. My medical and pharmaceutical bills are the same as last year. I still can't pay them, except what Medicare pays.

I don't have anything extra to buy shampoo or -- heaven forbid -- a second dress. I just want to eat. Does South Carolina think its seniors should go hungry?

Fran B. Reed

Hilton Head Island

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