Latasha Scott, Washington, D.C.

“I was a young single mother, 22 years of age. I had one 3 1/2 year old son and I was 7 1/2 months pregnant with another child. The father of my sons was abusing me, so I moved back home to D.C. to better myself. I had been receiving SNAP for years. I enrolled in a work program that offered SNAP recipients opportunities to do welfare to work. I was also able to enroll in classes for Medical Assistants, Early Childhood Certifications and Medical Office Assistant. I chose Early Childhood because I worked with children prior to coming back home to D.C. I knew I always wanted to be a teacher. I completed my course, earned my CDA Certification and, because of the program, started working with children. I have been working in this capacity from 2012 through today. I feel that working is better than being on SNAP because you feel a sense of self-pride when you are able to make your own money. Your children don’t have to be dependent only on the system. It is a limited existence to be on SNAP. Use SNAP as a stepping stone, but don’t get stuck!”

—Latasha Scott, D.C.