Help Comes to Those on Food Stamps

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Help is being offered to some residents in Orleans and Genesee County who were without power for days following the storm.
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Mom in Need

New York, NY

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Oct 23, 2006
 
I am very thankful for the government to help replace and increase my food stamps. This storm was very diffecult on my household budget. The schools were closed and my 6 kids ate me out of house and home. Due to the cable TV being out and the electric off the kids had no playstation or computers to play on. They sat around the house looking out the front window and finaly seeing some National Grid workers getting off their dead ass to restore the power.
Gina

Rockville, VA

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Oct 25, 2006
 
REPLACE YOUR FOOD STAMPS? WHY DON'T YOU SELL YOUR PLAYSTATION, SELL YOUR COMPUTER AND NOT HAVE CABLE TV? I RAISE 2 KIDS BY MYSELF AND HAVE NONE OF THESE PRIVILAGES AND CAN'T RECEIVE FOOD STAMPS!! IS THE GOVERNMENT GOING TO REPLACE MY LOST FOOD? NO!! I HAVE NO EXTRA MONEY TO DO THAT AND AFTER CALLING MY INSURANCE, I HAVE A $500.00 DEDUCTIBLE ON MY HOMEOWNERS INSURANCE SO WHERE IS THAT GOING TO GET ME? GET A JOB LIKE THE ANY OTHER TRUE MOTHER WOULD DO!!
GRETCHEN

Rochester, NY

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#3
Oct 26, 2006
 
AS FOR NATIONAL GRID GETTING OFF THEIR DEAD ASS. WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE? THEY HAVE BEEN WORKING THEIR ASSES OF NIGHT AND DAY TO RESTORE POWER TO ALL OF WESTERN NEW YORK. SO SORRY THAT THEY DID NOT SEE YOU AS SPECIAL AND RESTORE YOURS FIRST. HOW NICE THAT YOU GET FOOD STAMPS BUT CAN SOME HOW STILL AFFORD CABLE TV THE COMPUTER AND PLAYSTATION. DO YOU NOT KNOW HOW TO BE A REAL MOM AND SPEND QUALITY TIME WITH ALL YOUR KIDS BY PLAYING CARDS OR BOARDGAMES. THERE ARE OTHER THINGS TO DO WITH KIDS THAN PUT THEM IN FRONT OF THE ELECTRIC BABYSITTERS.
Ben

Rochester, NY

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#4
Oct 31, 2006
 
Mom in need is right and you should not question how she is raising her kids or how she feeds them. People on food stamps do not have the disposal income to replace the food lost in the storm. The government is only doing what society is not doing for the poor.

She also is right about the power comapny sitting around till they felt ready to restore power. Go by any Dennys or other resturants and there they sit for most of the day shooting the bull and drinking coffee. Also where was the government for all this? Bush, and the rest of the governemnt out playing golf and 1000 of people are dying in western ny because of the storm.
GRETCHEN

Rochester, NY

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Nov 1, 2006
 
I AM A SINGLE MOTHER WHO WORKS TO MAKE ENDS MEET. I ALSO LOST FOOD IN THE STORM THAT I CAN NOT AFFORD TO REPLACE BUT HAVE TO FIND SOME WAY TO. SO DO NOT THINK THAT ONLY PEOPLE ON FOOD STAMPS ARE THE ONLY ONES WHO SUFFER. THIS STORM HAS BUT A FINANCIAL BURDEN ON ALL OF US.

AS FOR THE POWER COMPANY THEY HAVE A RIGHT TO EAT AND TAKE BREAKS TOO. HOW DO YOU KNOW THAT IT WAS THE SAME TRUCKS THERE ALL DAY AND NOT DIFFERENT ONES. I DO NOT AGREE WITH PICKING PEOPLE APART FOR THE JOBS THEY ARE DOING, UNLESS YOU HAVE WORKED THAT JOB UNDER THE CONDTIONS THEY HAVE TO WORK (COLD,WET AND DANGEROUS CONDTIONS) I DO NOT FEEL YOU SHOULD SAY THEY ARE NOT DOING A GOOD JOB. I FEEL THEY DID WHAT THEY COULD TO GET EVERYONE UP AND RUNNING AS FAST AS THEY COULD!!!!!!!!!!
Mom in Need

Charlotte Hall, MD

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Nov 4, 2006
 
Gretchen, get a life because you never walked in my shoes. My husband works and it is hard to make ends meet with all the kids and car payments ect. Sorry you lost food and why dont you apply for food stamps if you are single with children. You sound like a bitter person and it sounds like you have old man that is in jail. Or maybe you should find a better strip club to work at.
Ron F

Rochester, NY

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#7
Nov 6, 2006
 
Maybe Gretchy needs some better education on how it works in this country. We pay taxes so mom in need gets the proper food for her children. What right do you think you have questioning how the county helps her. You right wing idiots wont help anyone in need and think it is very easy to find employment in this area. I would rather see my taxes higher for more social help and not worry about some terrorists in another country. These people did nothing to us and now we cant even feed the children here in the USA. We need to double teachers pay to educate the children of the future and this will only create more jobs like the high paying one you are at.
Kati

Carmel, IN

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Nov 6, 2006
 
Maybe some people shouldn't have kids they can't afford to support.I'm with Gretchen on this one.
Rosie

Rochester, NY

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Nov 6, 2006
 
This is for the uninformed, what you are saying is if a person is poor they should not have kids?. Listen, things happen to people and why should you determine who gets what. No one has the right to question welfare recipientís benefits or how they run their household budgets. Itís none of your business if they have cable TV or computers. Put yourself in their shoes if you lost your job and income and you would have your hand out for help. I get food stamps from the State and not out of your pocket so why get on this board and make fun of poor people Gretchen?
Kati

Carmel, IN

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#10
Nov 6, 2006
 
It is my business since my tax dollars pay for it. If I can't afford cable etc. then we don't have it. I just got dish network 2 years ago and only had local stations because I could not afford anything else. I get tired of people sitting on their assses while I support them with my hard earned money. It's disgusting. Yeah have all the kids you want and I'll be happy to pay for you to go on vacation and have luxury items.
I've been unemployed and heavily in debt and I got rid of all of the luxury items. My car had over 200,000 miles on it when I got rid of it. Why? Because I don't want other people supporting me. Get over it sweetheart. No one is owed these things
Rosie wrote:
This is for the uninformed, what you are saying is if a person is poor they should not have kids?. Listen, things happen to people and why should you determine who gets what. No one has the right to question welfare recipientís benefits or how they run their household budgets. Itís none of your business if they have cable TV or computers. Put yourself in their shoes if you lost your job and income and you would have your hand out for help. I get food stamps from the State and not out of your pocket so why get on this board and make fun of poor people Gretchen?
GINA

Rochester, NY

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#11
Nov 7, 2006
 
WHAT? GET FOOD STAMPS FROM THE STATE? WHO PAYS FOR THOSE FOOD STAMPS? ME, OUT OF EVERY SINGLE PAYCHECK AFTER MY GROSS, THEY TAKE THIS OUT. I SURE HOPE YOU ENJOY YOUR STEAK DINNER, YOUR MCDONALDS, AND MAKING THAT CAR PAYMENT THAT YOU SAID YOU HAD TROUBLE MAKING. I DRIVE A 1994 VAN AND CAN'T EVEN AFFORD NEW TIRES. HOW DARE YOU SAY "PICKING ON THE POOR" I AM ONE, JUST THAT I WORK A 40 HOUR WORK WEEK AND THE ONLY TRUE SATIFACTION IS THAT WHAT I EARN COMES FROM MY HARD WORK, NOT THE "STATE" AS YOU PUT IT. THE WORST THING IS WHEN I STAND IN LINE AT THE SUPERMARKET WITH MY CART WITH ONLY $50.00 LEFT FROM MY PAYCHECK AND TWO KIDS TO FEED AND THE PERSON IN FRONT OF ME HAS A CART FULL OF FOOD AND PAYING WITH THE "STATE MONEY" AND WALKING OUT TO THE PARKING LOT PUTTING GROCERIES IN A BRAND NEW FORD F150 PICKUP!!! WHAT IS WRONG WITH THIS SITUATION?????
THE ONLY THING I CAN FINISH THIS DISCUSSION WITH IS THE FACT THAT MY CHILDREN KNOW IS THAT THE WORTHINESS OF A EARNED PAYCHECK IS EXCEEDS ANY "STATE MONEY" THAT YOU SPEND!!!!
GRETCHEN

Rochester, NY

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Nov 7, 2006
 
AS FOR RON I AM EDUCATED ON THIS. DO YOU REALLY THINK THAT WE DO NOT PAY FOR FOOD STAMPS WHY DO YOU THINK THAT NEW YORK HAS THE HIGHEST TAXES IN THE COUNTY. NEW YORK GIVES TO MANY FREE RIDES TO PEOPLE. AND I DO NOT MAKE BIG BUCKS. I JUST DON'T LIVE OUTSIDE MY MEANS. IF I DO NOT HAVE ANY MONEY FOR SOMETHING I DO NOT GET IT. MOM IN NEED HAS A CAR PAYMENT WHILE I CAN NOT AFFORD TO HAVE A CAR PAYMENT. MY CHOICE IS TO FEED MY FAMILY OVER HAVING A NEWER CAR. SURE I COULD GO GET FOOD STAMPS AND THEN I COULD AFFORD TO GET A NEWER CAR WITH A PAYMENT. BUT IS THAT REALLY HOW IT SHOULD WORK RON. YOU SAY I DO NOT KNOW HOW IT WORKS BOY THAT SEEMS LIKE YOU ARE THE ONE WHO DOES NOT UNDERSTAND HOW IT WORKS. AND AS FOR YOU MOM IN NEED YOU ARE THE ONE WHO POSTED YOUR PROBLEMS OUT THERE FOR THE WORLD TO READ IF YOU DID NOT WANT TO HEAR OTHER OPINIONS THAT KEEP YOUR PROBLEMS TO YOUR SELF. I DO NOT HAVE A MAN IN JAIL, I DO NOT EVEN KNOW ANY ONE IN JAIL. AND AS FOR A JOB AS A STRIPPER NO THAT COMMENT WAS VERY INMATURE. I HAVE A JOB THAT REQUIRES AN EDUCATION. YOU HAD BETTER JUST WORRY THAT YOUR CHILDREN DON'T END UP WORKING IN A STRIP CLUB. AND I AM NOT BITTER IT JUST GETS UNDER MY SKIN WHEN SOMEONE WHO IS GETTING THINGS FOR FREE HAS ANY ROOM TO BITCH ABOUT THINGS.
Beth

Rochester, NY

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Nov 9, 2006
 
I work for a New York County social services department and this is for Gretchen and any other citizens. Majority of New Yorkers are eligible for some type of assistance from many different organizations in each county. Genesee County budget has 50-55 percent of tax revenue set a side for food stamps, welfare and other emergency services for the poor. You are right Gretchen; it is the taxpayerís money. But the majority of our citizens now seek for this to be returned to help the poor and elderly and for other important services that only the government can supply.

When anyone shows up at our office seeking help we under law must help. The single mothers, the unemployed and yes even ex-felons we must offer them assistance from housing to transportation and food. We cannot ask them even if they are illegally in this country. Legal immigrants are entitled to grants to buy homes and businesses and also receive food stamps and other services. So as you can see this is how the system works and as long as there is a work force paying taxes, the services will always be available.
GRETCHEN

Rochester, NY

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Nov 10, 2006
 
BETH YOU ARE RIGHT, BUT FOR THEM TO PUBLICLY BITCH ABOUT THINGS LIKE NOT HAVING ELECTRIC FOR THE CABLE AND COMPUTER IS LIKE A SLAP IN THE FACE FOR THOSE OF US WHO WORK HARD AND BUDGET OUR MONEY TO BE ABLE TO AFFORD WHAT WE CAN WITH OUT THE HELP OF SOCIAL SERVICES. SHE HAS A CAR PAYMENT AS WELL. IT JUST BURNS THOSE OF US THAT WORK AND CAN NOT AFFORD THE EXTRA THINGS WE WANT. I JUST FEEL THAT PEOPLE WHO ARE RECEIVING HELP SHOULD BE GREATFULL AND NOT BE BITCHING ABOUT IT. SHE ALSO BITCHED ABOUT HER POWER NOT GETTING FIXED RIGHT AWAY, BUT SO MANY WHERE WITH OUT POWER LONGER THAN HER. SHE JUST SEEMS SO SELF CENTERED (WHAT CAN THEY DO FOR ME) NOT A GOOD WAY TO BE.
Sue

Ashland, VA

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Nov 14, 2006
 
Hey Beth,I just wanted to make a comment on "anyone who shows up at our office seeking help we must under law must help", well, I myself went to DSS for assistance for my family because an injury laid me up for over 3 months and was told "any money I receive they will put a lean on my house". That was a lot of help!! I received no food stamps, all I got was Medicaid as a secondary insurance to my very expensive Blue Choice plan. Wow! Gee, maybe I should had just quit my job.
Kati

Carmel, IN

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Nov 15, 2006
 
If you notice the system only helps the lazy people who do not work or do anything to help themselves. God help the rest of us that struggle to make ends meet because there is nothing there for us.
GINA

Rochester, NY

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Nov 15, 2006
 
GO KATI!!!!!!!!
GINA

Rochester, NY

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Nov 15, 2006
 
IT'S FUNNY HOW "MOM IN NEED" HASN'T POSTED ANYTHING SINCE THE 4TH---CONSIDERING SHE IS THE ONE THAT STARTED ALL THIS CRAP.
I WILL HAVE TO MAKE ONE COMMENT ON DSS. IF YOU ARE THE ELDERLY AND YOU NEED ASSISTANCE, I TOTALLY AGREE WITH THAT, BUT JUST TO STAY HOME BECAUSE DON'T WANT ANYONE TO WATCH YOUR CHILDREN OR QUIT YOUR JOB AFTER 2 DAYS, IS NOT RIGHT.
ALSO, WHEN I WENT TO RECEIVE HEAP, I WAS TOLD I COULDN'T RECEIVE IT BECAUSE I HAVE A 401K. THEY STATED I CAN BORROW AGAINST MY RETIREMENT TO PAY FOR THE HEATING BILL. I CANNOT BELIEVE DSS COULD DO THIS TO ANYONE CONSIDERING, I WILL HAVE TO PAY A PENALTY FOR WITHDRAWING MONEY FROM THAT. IT IS NOT CORRECT. I ALSO HAD TO LAUGH BECAUSE THERE WAS FAMILY IN THE WAITING ROOM FOR HEAP BITCHING BECAUSE ALL THEY COULD GET WAS A COUPLE OF LOUSY DOLLARS. THEY STATED "WE SHOULD GET OUR HEAT FOR FREE". WHAT A JOKE!!
Kati

Carmel, IN

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#19
Nov 15, 2006
 
Welfare originally was for temporary assistance until someone got back on their feet. Now it's a lifestyle that we, who go to work every day have to pay for. I agree the elderly do not get as much as they should. It makes me sick to see so many young people on public assistance. I say, get off your ass and get some self respect
GRETCHEN

Rochester, NY

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#20
Nov 16, 2006
 
YOU ARE SO RIGHT KATI. I AM SO GLAD TO SEE SOMEONE WHO THINKS LIKE ME. SOME OF THESE PEOPLE THOUGHT I WAS THE ONE WHO WAS WRONG. AND TO THINK THAT PEOPLE WHO GET THINGS FOR FREE STILL BITCH LIKE THEY SHOULD GET MORE. MOTHER IN NEED HAS HAD NOTHING TO SAY ABOUT ANY OF THIS, SHE IS ONE OF THE ONES WHO BITCHES ABOUT THINGS. LIKE I SAID BEFORE SHE IS THE ONE WHO NEEDS TO GET OFF HER DEAD ASS NOT THE ELECTRIC COMPANY. BUT NO MATTER WHAT I STILL KEEP ON WORKING EVEN THOUGH THEY TAX THE HELL OUT OF ME TO PAY FOR ALL THE LAZY PEOPLE WHO WANT TO SIT HOME. AS FOR THE ELDERLY I AGREE THEY DESERVE TO RECEIVE HELP. IF ONLY THE ELDERLY AND TRULY DISABLED WHERE THE ONES GETTING HELP MAYBE OUR TAXES COULD STOP GOING UP.

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