Have you ever been in a position where you were unsure if you could feed your children?
Fortunately, I have not. I cannot imagine how scary that would be. I can't imagine the heartache of seeing hungry children look to me for something I could not provide.
For many parents, it is a monthly reality. Even though they work, they don't earn enough to afford the monthly bills and put food on the table every night. They turn to Hamilton County Job and Family Services for help.
They are not alone. More than 42 million Americans benefit from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. It helps them feed themselves and their families when money is short.
Our agency was fortunate to be able to host the Supplemental Education and Training Urban 14 Workshop this month. Workers from throughout the Midwest visited Cincinnati to learn more about serving food assistance recipients, from ensuring accuracy and reducing fraud to modernizing and improving the experience around work requirements.
We were happy to show the Queen City to more than 200 out-of-towners and even happier to have in-depth discussions around the crucial topic of food assistance.