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Selita Ebanks Gets Real About Her Poor Upbringing: ‘My Mother Relied On Food Stamps And The Food Pantry’
Former Victoria’s Secret model Selita Ebanks’ life is the epitome of a rags to riches story. The 30-year-old Cayman Islands native isn’t ashamed to tell her story either. During the Food Banks’ Can Do Awards, Ebanks chatted it up with the NY Post, revealing that when she was a child, her mother heavily relied on charity and government assistance to ensure that she and her seven brothers were fed.
“My mother relied on food stamps and the food pantry so we never went hungry. There’s no shame when you have children and you want to provide for them,” the 5’9 beauty revealed.
She went on to marvel at her mother’s ability to put her pride aside for the sake of her children.
“It says something about a woman that has no ego when it comes to her children. She did anything possible.”
“She was working the system to make sure we had everything. Sometimes we had two or three turkeys at Thanksgiving, and she would give them to our neighbors that weren’t qualified for the program.”
Selita’s mom is now able to enjoy the finer things in life. She’s retired and lives in Georgia.
“Now she is living with her feet up on the couch, living every day,” Selita expressed.
It’s sometimes easy to look at a successful person and think that they’ve always had it good, without considering that they probably had to struggle to get where they are. It’s great that Selita hasn’t forgotten where she came from and continues to give back.
For the folks that are abusing the system … STOP IT!
There are so many people starving and homeless in America that really need the help from social programs funded by the federal and state governments and even more Republicans ready to cut all programs for the actions of a few.
All they need is excuses like folks using the money on their EBT cards to buy drugs and cigarettes. But, one dude takes it even further than that.
For the complete story, visit EurWeb.com.
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(Huffington Post) — It probably comes as no surprise that money troubles often lead to marital strife. But could receiving government assistance such as food stamps, Medicaid or welfare do further harm to your marriage? The answer is yes–and in a big way, according to Dr. David Schramm, a researcher and professor at the University of Missouri. In a study released earlier this month, Dr. Schramm found that, among couples in the same income bracket, those receiving government assistance experience lower rates of positive bonding, commitment to their spouses and overall satisfaction in their marriages. They are also more prone to divorce, negative interaction and feeling trapped in their marriages.
(Time) — Under a new Florida law, people applying for welfare have to take a drug test at their own expense. If they pass, they are eligible for benefits and the state reimburses them for the test. If they fail, they are denied welfare for a year, until they take another test. Mandatory drug testing for welfare applicants is becoming a popular idea across the U.S. Many states — including Alabama, Kentucky, Oklahoma and Louisiana — are considering adopting laws like Florida’s. At the federal level, Senator David Vitter, a Louisiana Republican, has introduced the Drug Free Families Act of 2011, which would require all 50 states to drug-test welfare applicants. And the focus isn’t even limited to welfare. In July, Indiana adopted drug tests for participants in a state job-training program. An Ohio state senator, Tim Grendell, recently said he plans to introduce a bill to require the unemployed to take a drug test before they receive unemployment benefits.
(Washington Informer) — Republican Florida Governor Rick Scott recently signed into law a bill requiring adults applying for temporary cash assistance to undergo drug screening. His rationale is to increase personal accountability and prevent Florida’s tax dollars from subsidizing drug addiction, while still providing for needy children. Parents failing the required drug test may designate another individual to receive the benefits on behalf of the children. “While there are certainly legitimate needs for public assistance, it is unfair for Florida taxpayers to subsidize drug addiction,” Governor Scott said. “This new law will encourage personal accountability and will help to prevent the misuse of tax dollars. However, this new bill flies in the face of research and evidence that proves such bills are ineffective and wasteful.
(USA Today) – South Carolina state Sen. Harvey Peeler was at a Chamber of Commerce meeting in January when the human resources director of one of the area’s major employers, textile manufacturer Hamrick Mills, told him the company was having trouble hiring some people from the unemployment rolls. “They said they had potential employees that would come and apply and couldn’t pass the drug test,” Peeler says. Peeler, a Republican who says he heard similar stories from other employers, introduced a bill Feb. 9 that would suspend unemployment checks to people who fail a drug test they must take to get a job.
(AJC) — Georgia officials didn’t apply for federal stimulus funding to help struggling low-income families keep their homes until more than a year after Congress made the money available through the Recovery Act.
Now they are scrambling to distribute about $7.6 million of this aid before a federal Sept. 30 deadline. Any stimulus money left unspent by that deadline is supposed to go back to the federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families fund.
Citizens Against Government Waste says spending so much federal taxpayer money that quickly in Georgia is a recipe for fraud. And an official from a nonprofit agency working with the program said officials have caught applicants colluding with landlords and submitting fake invoices for the aid.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — State agencies are struggling to decide how to reduce their budgets after Gov. Pat Quinn announced more state spending cuts but didn’t say exactly where they’d be made — creating confusion and uncertainty for people who depend on state services.
Quinn said last week he would make another $900 million in cuts, on top of the $500 million he previously announced, to reduce Illinois’ record-high budget deficit. But those cuts are simply lumped under broad categories.