Just ask Jim Jackson, food-stamp information specialist with Hunger Services Network.He
will describe the plight of a North Hills stay-at-home wife whose husband recently left her
, closed all their accounts and foisted on her
the costs of their house, without even a bank account.In desperation, she
called the network and was connected with Jackson
, who was able to provide her
an Electronic Balance Transfer (EBT) card which she
could use to buy groceries.
A significant part of stories like this is that a helping hand has been made easier by changes in federal programs, with Pennsylvania taking a lead among the states in fashioning innovative ways to implement the new rules.
According to Jackson
, the case of the abandoned wife in a prosperous North Hills township represents one of three categories of middle-class persons now using hunger programs that are funded in part with government money and run by nonprofits, often faith-based. (This category can also include an employed wife who walks away, leaves her
husband and family suddenly strapped.)