‘A few days later, I realized I was missing a thing’: A mom loses a piece of her food after losing it in the grocery store
The day after Thanksgiving, Katie’s mom, Jessica, and a few of her other family members gathered in the living room for the holidays meal.
“You know, we had all kinds of different ideas about what to order, but at least now we had a little bit of a plan,” Katie told me.
Katie and her mother were all excited about getting back to their normal lives after a year apart.
“We had all this time away, but it was so nice to get back together again,” Katie said.
Jessica and her family had left New York to celebrate Thanksgiving with Katie, but their plans changed after a few days of looking for food at the grocery stores.
“The day after, I decided I was gonna go out and buy some food,” Jessica recalled.
“I was like, ‘Let’s do this,'” she said.
When Jessica went to the supermarket, she found something different.
“It was the perfect place,” she said, describing the store as having a very large selection of fresh produce.
She was so excited to go shopping.
“That was when I realized, ‘Oh my gosh, I have this new piece of food,'” Jessica said.
She had a box of fresh broccoli, a jar of fresh corn and a box full of fresh eggs.
Jessica said she had been planning to make a salad but it didn’t seem like a good idea.
She didn’t want to have to waste money.
“And so, I just decided to go out, and I just picked up that box of food, and we started going through the different varieties, and one day I was like,” Jessica said, “I’m gonna go ahead and buy this, but I can’t make it.”
Jessica said the store was “full” and “so full” she “had to close the door.”
When Jessica called out to the cashier, he replied, “You’re gonna have to pay for that.
We’ve already done the checkout.”
The store was not open on Thanksgiving day.
“He just said, ‘Well, we don’t have to give you any of your money,'” Jessica recalled, “because you don’t need it.”
When she called again the next day, the cashiers supervisor said they were out of stock, and Jessica could have it but “they don’t offer it anymore.”
Jessica and Katie both felt cheated.
“This wasn’t like a normal Thanksgiving,” Jessica told me, “and it was a big thing, and he didn’t give us any time to figure out what to do.”
The next day Jessica and the rest of her family went out shopping again.
Jessica was so happy she had finally found a way to have her own meal at home.
She bought a box and put it in her bag, and she took it to the grocery and picked up a box.
“So I bought a bag of strawberries, which I’m not even sure I ever wanted,” Jessica explained.
“But I was kind of bummed out, because I thought I would like them.”
When I asked her if she had ever experienced such a negative experience, Jessica laughed.
“No,” she told me with a chuckle.
“Just one time.
I just said to myself, ‘I gotta do this, because if this happens again, it’s not going to be fun.'”
Jessica and other moms often worry about their families food supply.
For Jessica, Thanksgiving was a good opportunity to take her family to the next level of shopping.
Jessica’s experience is just one of many anecdotal accounts from families like hers.
In the past, the food stamp program has provided a boost in purchasing power for many families.
For the majority of families, the grocery bill is an everyday necessity.
According to a 2016 USDA study, food stamp recipients spend an average of $1,957 per year on groceries.
However, a small number of food stamp families face significant financial hardship.
According the report, of the families in the SNAP program, the majority have incomes below the federal poverty line, meaning that food stamps are a significant source of income.
The report also noted that many families rely on SNAP for a significant portion of their living expenses.
According of the USDA’s 2016 Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), about 18 million Americans receive SNAP benefits.
But only 3.7 million Americans are enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Education Program (SNEAP), which provides free or reduced-price meals to SNAP recipients.
These families have much greater access to SNAP benefits than the average SNAP recipient, and often rely on these benefits for food and rent.
A food stamp family is a family that receives food stamps from the government for their primary income and uses SNAP to buy food for themselves and their children.
In order to qualify for SNAP benefits, SNAP households must spend a specified percentage of their income on groceries each month.
Families that receive food stamps also must make at least two times their household income to be