How SNAP Enables this Busy Alabama Mom to Provide for her Young Family


Andrika Harmon (left) and Kristi Gay at their StoryCorps recording on June 5, 2018 in Montgomery, Alabama.

Andrika Harmon is a busy mom to her nine-month-old, Zion, and two step children. Receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits helps her buy healthy food to support her young family while she is working and finishing college.

“I had to turn around to her and explain, look, this is what is going on in my life.” – Andrika Harmon

However, that hasn’t stopped the judgement that can come from using SNAP benefits. Andrika tells Kristi Gay—her nurse home visitor with the Gift of Life Foundation’s Nurse-Family Partnership Program—about the criticism she received during a trip to the grocery store after Zion was born.

We hear first from Kristi.


This story was recorded and produced by StoryCorps, a national nonprofit whose mission is to preserve and share humanity’s stories in order to build connections between people and create a more just and compassionate world, with funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Originally posted on September 19, 2018.

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In Alabama, 17% of residents participate in SNAP.

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