How SNAP Kept this Kansas Family Going After Father Lost his Job


Emily Brown (left) and Tim Brown at their StoryCorps recording on June 22, 2018 in Kansas City, Kansas.

Emily Brown was a stay-at-home mom to care for her two young kids who were sick. Then her husband, Tim Brown, lost his job. While he was able to find another job quickly, it wasn’t enough to provide for their family.

“One thing I feel I’ve learned in life over the long run is that you never know what a day may bring.” – Tim Brown

Receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits during that difficult time period helped them get the healthy food they needed for their growing kids. Using the Double Up Food Bucks program at their local farmers’ market, they were able to try new fruits and vegetables, and Emily shares how much her family enjoyed that experience.


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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