A North Carolina Representative wants to cut funding to a program for low-income women who never learned how to breast-feed. The program that operates through WIC (the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children) receives funds set aside for breast-feeding support and education through one-on-one peer counselors....more
As you see by the title of my blog page, yes, yes I am a welfare mother. There is a misconception that all people on welfare are lazy, drug addicted, uneducated, dregs of society. Well I am here to tell you that misconception needs to be changed. The simple facts of the matter are that many people like me on welfare are single working moms.
Do you WIC? WIC stands for Women, Infants and Children, and is a government program that provides grants to state-run programs that provide healthy food vouchers for many pregnant and nursing women, their babies, and children up to age 5. WIC programs also provide nutritional education and counseling for participants. There are some income requirements to be accepted to the program (185% below the poverty line - in other words, above the poverty line), but WIC is not welfare....more
A little over ten years ago, my daughter was in the Head Start program. Back then, I had left an abusive marriage, and was a single mother. I went from living a comfortable middle class lifestyle, to living in poverty. But don't feel sorry for me. In many ways I was lucky, because if I had been in the exact same situation anytime in the last seven years, things would have been much worse for me and my children.
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