More people than ever rely on Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps. This is in part due to a bad economy, but it’s also because hundreds of recruiters now work to enroll people in the government program. State governments have realized that, with more people on the SNAP program, more federal money comes into the local economy. We take a look at the jurisdiction of Dillie Nerios, a recruiter in Florida, as she works toward her monthly quota of signing up 150 people.
April 14, 2013 Celeste Briglia, 60, closes up for the day at the yarn store she runs in Port St. Lucie, Fla. After losing money on the shop for a couple of years, she made a small profit last year — “just about enough to buy a hamburger at McDonald’s,” she joked. She and her husband. Lonnie Briglia, have been on the fence about whether they would take part in SNAP but said they might do it if desperate. Many low-income seniors qualify to participate in the program but do not receive the benefit, often because they are too proud or unaware of it.Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post