Testimonials: Faces of SNAP

Sherrie Tussler, The Executive Director of the Hunger Task Force in Milwaukee explains why SNAP “just plain works,” and how it encourages people to work.

David McCarter, Army veteran and personal care worker, explains how without SNAP he wouldn’t know where his next meal was coming from.

Ammashadai Jackson, a high school student, on why cutting SNAP hurts some of the most vulnerable families in Milwaukee and across the country.

Michelle Piche-Lichtman explains how SNAP has helped her improve her health and nutrition while she works three jobs and struggles to make ends meet. It has also given her hope and energy to change her circumstances.

Chris Fezer, a mom and grandmother, explains how SNAP allows her family to purchase the healthy food they need while her daughter is studying to become a paralegal.

Sam Rinehart is a Marine Corps veteran in between jobs. SNAP helps him focus on looking for a job, rather than looking for his next meal.

Meghan Hilliard describes how becoming a single, disabled mom taught her that you can do everything right in life, but still need a helping hand. SNAP frees her from the anxiety of wondering where her next meal is coming from, and allows her to focus on getting back to work.

Morgan Holmes, a mother of three who works in a supermarket, describes how SNAP worked to help her through a health crisis. She worries that cuts to SNAP will be especially harmful to seniors and kids.

Norm Coleman wants policymakers to know how important SNAP is for low-income families and disabled veterans like him.

Toni Bully is a substitute elementary school teacher who needs SNAP to afford enough food. SNAP allows her to focus and help the children she teachers.

Dr. Sarah-Anne Schumann, a family physician in Tulsa, talks about how important the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is for her patients. She describes SNAP as a health intervention – if people are eating healthy food they will be healthier.

Eileen Bradshaw, the Executive Director of the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma, discusses how essential the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is to the population she serves – people who are productive citizens, but face low wages, unemployment, and disability. They need help to feed themselves and their families, and use SNAP as a ladder to economic security. She explains that even though the food bank does critical work for the community, it can’t take the place of the public safety net.

Darla Feeback is a Tulsa mother and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participant. She and her family recently lost their house to a fire, and SNAP benefits are helping her family get back on their feet. Darla says: “You may not need it now, but SNAP will be there when you need it.”

LaToya Stafford, a Tulsa mother and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipient, describes the huge difference her small SNAP benefit makes in the monthly budget. The benefits make sure her son Robert gets the three healthy meals a day he needs to grow and learn better in school. Without SNAP, she wouldn’t be able to afford fresh fruits and vegetables.

Nurse Lety Enriquez describes the importance of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to her patients. It allows them to purchase healthy foods that they would not otherwise be able to. People need SNAP to help feed their children, so those kids can succeed and achieve economic security.

Christian Cox is the Chief Operating Officer of Warehouse Market Inc., a grocery store chain in Tulsa. He describes the benefits of the Supplemental Assistance Nutrition Program (SNAP) to his customers. They are working a 40-hour week, and still don’t have enough money to pay for housing and food for their children. SNAP helps them put food on the table. It helps bridge a gap for individuals who are looking for a job, or who have a job that doesn’t pay enough money.

The SNAP Works videos were produced in cooperation with Milwaukee’s Hunger Task Force.

Hunger Task Force believes that every person has a right to adequate food obtained with dignity. They work to prevent hunger and malnutrition by providing food to people in need today and by promoting social policies to achieve a hunger free community tomorrow.

The SNAP in Tulsa videos were produced in cooperation with CAP Tulsa, the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma, Community Health Connection and Warehouse Market, Inc.

CAP Tulsa is one of Oklahoma’s biggest anti-poverty agencies. Community Health Connection is a community clinic in Kendall-Whittier in N. Tulsa. Warehouse Market, Inc. is a chain of discount grocery stores in Tulsa with a large customer base of SNAP participants.