Diane Golzynski, Director of the Office of Health and Nutrition Services within the Michigan Department of Education, used SNAP benefits while completing graduate school. As a full-time student, completing a required one year unpaid dietetic internship and working two part-time jobs, Diane was still unable to afford groceries— and proper nutrition.
Diane was a first generation college student and her parents were unable to support or help her during this time and so she relied on SNAP benefits to properly feed her as she finished her schooling. She focused on fresh fruits, vegetables and easy to pack items like sandwiches to take to class with her.
Using SNAP to purchase healthy foods
She believes she would not be where she is today without the help she received from SNAP temporarily. She doesn’t see SNAP as a hand-out, but a hand-up, so that people like her don’t have to worry about hunger, but focus their efforts on improving their situation, and working through tough times.