SA Current – Food stamps, food poisoning, and the charity of cannibalism

Albert Gomez was born in San Antonio nearly 50 years ago. He worked as a maintenance man, warehouse worker, and truck driver before going on disability with bipolar depression and other ailments. He is one of thousands in the state that have been backlogged by State Health Services Department for consideration of food-stamp benefits. During the gap in coverage, he received a box of food from a local food bank he blames for a bout of food poisoning that put him out of commission for several days last month. In fact, he says he was finishing up some food-stamp paperwork when he had to be taken to the nearby hospital.

Being from the inside is what makes him the perfect spokesperson for those still lost in the system, he said. “I’m a client. I’ve seen everything that is to be seen under the umbrella. They make you feel like a criminal when you’re there with your arm out, your hand out, for assistance. I don’t think anybody should be degraded or humiliated because you’re asking for help.”

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