In 2016 alone, over 54,000 North Dakotans received and greatly relied on benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Read the stories below of how the benefits have created a critical resource for seniors, veterans, families and single mothers throughout the state.
A single mother of six, Tammie Nadeau has found herself in a position with significant credit card debt without a sustainable food source. The help of SNAP allows her to supply healthy food for her family.
A U.S. Army veteran, Willard Carpenter and his wife, Linda, rely greatly on the SNAP benefits they receive. Willard lost his right arm during a factory accident more than 45 years ago, but has not slowed down his farming operation.
Leslie Tibbetts lives in Grand Forks with her husband, Anton, and their two young children. When Anton lost his job this year, SNAP benefits provided a supplement to still keep the family fed.
Working part-time and living in a studio apartment that was once a hotel, 26-year-old Chelsey Lang does the best that she can to support her and her young son, Emryx.