I got this notice in the mail earlier last month. It's telling me I have to go to an office to work for my food benefits. I've been on food stamps for over a year while I scour to find employment and I have never received this before.
Don't get me wrong, I actually think it's fair to work for the benefits in exchange for some sort of service, and I was more than willing to go. The closer I read over the form, though, I got confused.
Minimum wage in California is $8/hr. For the total of benefits I was getting in conjunction to the hours I would need to work, I would be making $6.50. What? That can't be right. Then I wondered if they knew about this. Or if it mattered to them.
I mean I get it, I'm in a tough spot, but I never thought that even government assistance would not follow the wage laws in the state. Maybe this was after taxes. If that's the case, that sucks even more!
I called my service worker because I got the form three days before I was to show up at this place and I wanted to know if I could reschedule. She told me that I didn't have to go. Why I'm not sure. I didn't ask about any of it.
This month has been food experimentation. I've been playing with some recipes from Veganomicon with varying results. I'll post more on that later.