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Bleckley County Residents' Food Stamps Cut

6:10 PM, Oct 31, 2013   |    comments
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Sadie Mims has been using food stamps to feed her family for three years, but come November 1st, that will all change. 

The problems started October 4th. That's when the mother of two got a letter from Bleckley County DFCS saying she would stop receiving benefits at the end of the month because she missed her interview to renew them.

"No one ever called, so I called. But I've been on hold for over an hour, almost two hours," Mims said. "So, a couple of days later after trying to do the renewal over the phone, I get a letter in the mail."

Mims said it's painful enough to deal with hunger on her own, but supporting children makes it nearly unbearable. 

"It's a hurtful feeling. It makes you feel like less of a mother knowing that your children are going to bed with no food," she said.

Mims said she has enough food in her freezer to last until Tuesday, but doesn't like to think too far beyond that.

"It's hard enough to try to think about the next day," she said. "'What am I going to do tomorrow?' That's the one good thing about school. They do feed you, but when you come home, what are we gonna do?"

13WMAZ's Kristen Swilley called at about 1:00 p.m. when she visited the Bleckley County DFACS office. She also tried calling the same office around 1:15 p.m. and spent 30 minutes on hold. 

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