Cindy is a young mother with a 3-month baby boy. She goes out to work early at 5:00 a.m. and comes home around 10:00 a.m. while her husband takes care of their son. As he is currently unemployed, she is the one supporting her family. “My husband goes out to look for a job every day after I come back from work,” she shared. “He tries to find work helping out at people’s homes, but some days he goes without any luck.”
Cindy often found it difficult to make ends meet for her little family. She said, “The money that I receive from work goes directly to rent and bills. Sometimes I stress too much about it that I don’t produce enough breastmilk to feed my son.” As she was worrying about expenses, she met the CalFresh team at an outreach event. She mentioned to CalFresh outreach coordinators that just a bit of help to feed her son would be enough for her. Her main priority was not providing for herself, but for her son.
She was encouraged to apply, but expressed doubts because she is an immigrant who still doesn’t qualify for benefits. The CalFresh admin explained to Cindy that her son might still be eligible to receive benefits, and after hearing that, she readily applied and was approved. “Now that I receive CalFresh, I feel very happy that our extra money goes to put food on our tables. I don’t have to feel frustrated about it anymore.”
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