A Sense of Accomplishment
By Cindy Jones, SNAP Outreach Coordinator
There are many times we feel a great sense of accomplishment doing SNAP Outreach, since the whole goal is to reach out to those in need and try to fill in at least one gap for those in need through food assistance. But I have found the satisfaction is tenfold during the holiday season because our assistance often makes the difference for families at what can be a most difficult time. An example would be “Maggie” who left me a very distraught message two days before Thanksgiving because she had heard nothing from DHS after having her phone interview . By the time I reached her the next day, she had received her card in the mail with her retroactive benefits and she was ecstatic because they would be shopping for a wonderful Thanksgiving meal!
Or “Paul” who I assisted while he was signing up for Salvation Army’s holiday basket and toys, who pointed out that the SNAP benefits they would receive would relieve their stress for months past the holidays, for which he was very grateful. The examples go on and on but the message is the same.
I can tell you, I enjoyed the holidays even more because I can remember the families who have touched me this year. Happy New Year!