I would like C. Colpo, writer of the letter “ Lobster-tail tale ”, to meet my neighbors. We all live in a well-maintained senior high-rise in the North Hills. I don't know all my neighbors, but two that I personally know get SNAP benefits (food stamps).
One is fighting cancer! One of her medications costs $3,300, but she has a copay of $655 every three months — that's with help. That does not include medications she takes for side effects and needs for her other problems. She also has to pay ACCESS, which has raised its fees for transportation.
My other neighbor, thank goodness, does not have cancer. She is anemic, but has a growth in her kidneys and doctors will not operate. She is in and out of the hospital and I don't know the cost of her medication, but I know she needs and gets help from friends.
Thankfully, both neighbors get food stamps, but with all their extra expenses, do you think they buy lobster when they can't get out of bed except for treatment? And now, the food stamp program has cut the amount they receive.
Also, C. Colpo, it is amazing that each time you are shopping, you run into SNAP shoppers who only purchase lobster, etc. I am in the stores all the time (I'm a “shopoholic”) and have yet to see anyone with food stamps buy anything but what is needed.
Eleanor Kaufman Haas
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