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I am so depressed lethargic and unable to maintain a job because of my diet. AN example of my diet so far today is 3 little cesars pizzas for breakfast, which was also my dinner last night (my homeless brother visited and brought home many boxes that were going to get thrown away.

and don’t say “rice is cheap” you’re not trying hard enough” I make $0. And have you ever lived on only rice for weeks or longer... didn’t think so! Also you don’t know my struggles, and don’t try to one up my struggles either...

I digest rice so quickly and it doesn’t keep my as full as the same dollar amount of fat calories. So I go as long as I can without eating then I binge on high fat foods. I know it’s not healthy but it keeps me alive

I am posting trying to get help with the CA food stamp/SNAP application process.

I am “22 or older”(I’m 22) and "prepare my own food separate from the others in my household" (when I can afford to! I hate the wording on the applications.. ugh) 

So my parent’s income doesn’t/shouldn’t count against me. (I don’t see a dime from them btw, but they do let me live at home and the feed me junk food every now and then... (I hope that doesn’t hurt my eligibility, am I suppose to lie and say I don’t eat their food? If so then how should I say I feed myself with $0 income?!? I am seriously considering water fasting as long as I can before the interview, if there is one, so I look emanicipated and not like I’m lying... because right now I look chubby. I don’t prepare all my own food because I eat their chips from time to time, but I have been starting to do illegal things, money under the table, etc, to buy food, Idk if I should mention this because it’s illegal.... I also check trash cans frequently for food, but that is such a hit or miss and not worth the effort most the time.

I have $0 income.

here is my only hang up for applying:

I have $1000 in my bank account which I believe I can still qualify with that amount, but I get less money the more I have in my account, so I might as well cash out that amount right? But I am so worried they will ask what did I do with that money and I will need proof of what I spent it on... I mostly want to save it, and when ready I will likely spend it on a bike to get around, because currently I have to walk, ask for rides, or sneak on public transit without paying to get around.

I am also a recovering drug user, idk if that is significant but it is just something that makes it hard for me to keep a job... the stress makes me wants to use again. I also have a knee injury that makes physical labor difficult. I don’t get disability benefits because I don’t think my injury is bad enough.

Can anyone help? Hopefully there is someone who has been through the CA foodstamps/ snap benefits program before and can help me, I don’t want to call them because some of the things I want to do is trying to get more money and may not be following the rules. It may get me in trouble, Like I am thinking of saying that $1,000 went to rent to pay my parents... showing I am paying rent will get me more money as well as having an empty account. Please can someone help and understand that I just want to get healthy so I can be a productive member of society one day. All I do is stay in my room and be depressed... the only times I leave the house are to hike and look for free stuff and food or sleep with random men I meet on the internet so they will buy me food. I’m not scamming the system. I’m sick of living this way and I need some help. If I am going to make the effort to apply I want to get the most I can legally or not, as long as I don’t get caught. If the government is reading this I don’t give a ****.... jail wouldn’t be much different than the life I am living now.

and if some of you are weary about giving me advice, all the money I get from foodstamps will go to buy healthy vegan foods and improve my life... I promise!

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To summarize my questions are:

Will they want to track where the $1,000 in my account went?

Will they want proof that I “prepare all my own food"

Is it worth it to lie and say I pay rent?

Additional questions: Do I need to volunteer or work to apply? (I think I read that somewhere)

Is there a time limit to how long I can get benefits?

How can I travel while receiving benefits?

  

IF you say you pay rent or pay "x" amount in medical bills, you have to provide documentation.

I suggest being honest. You will get "something" without lying. Lying will get you trouble. Also visit your local food bank. You'll get regular groceries there.

If we were talking as friends, not on the internet, you wouldn’t say that. To go through the work for a couple dollars a months is hardly worth it. I just need advice from someone who's gone through the process. I was paying my parents $200/month..... but I lost my job. How would I prove it then, having paid them in cash. I would likely just have my mom print out a rent receipt she wrote up and sign it? I wonder if that would pass? 

If I sign up now, how hard is it to change my info so I can get more benefits? Like if I suddenly start working part time and start paying more bills. 

Idk why but I’m nervous to start the process. I got high again today. I just feel shitty and unmotivated all the time.

Yup, i'm sure the rent receipt would be fine. It's easy to change the info, don't worry.

By all means go apply and don't lie.  At the very least you will learn what you are eligible for and what the requirements are to be eligible.  Some info. for you here: http://www.calfresh.ca.gov/PG841.htm#inc

You can do it, it will be fun and may really pay off! :)

"At the very least you will learn what you are eligible for and what the requirements are to be eligible” yup and some day I can help other vegans/aspiring vegans with the process.. Thanks for your help and motivation, it will be worth it!:) I will check out that link.

To summarize my questions are:

Will they want to track where the $1,000 in my account went?

  No and the rules allow up to $2000 in bank account. It's just a hard limit. They won't care about your $1000.

Will they want proof that I “prepare all my own food"

  No. Your post seems like your parents don't want to provide you with much food? I'd say you qualify for   "prepare my own food separate from the others in my household".

Is it worth it to lie and say I pay rent?

 No.. You have 0 income and thus should get maximum benefit anyway.

Additional questions: Do I need to volunteer or work to apply? (I think I read that somewhere)

 Not at this time, but after 3 months.

Employment Requirements

Generally ABAWDS between 18 and 50 who do not have any dependent children can get SNAP benefits only for 3 months in a 36-month period if they do not work or participate in a workfare or employment and training program other than job search. This requirement is waived in some locations. 

With some exceptions, able-bodied adults between 16 and 60 must register for work, accept suitable employment, and take part in an employment and training program to which they are referred by the local office. Failure to comply with these requirements can result in disqualification from the Program

Is there a time limit to how long I can get benefits?

  If  working or looking for work, no.

How can I travel while receiving benefits?

  Ask them. Or Google it.

You could have found much of this info on here anyway http://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/eligibility

Can your parents really not provide you with a $10 bag of rice? Rice is so incredibly cheap compared to all other food. Definitely get the food stamps though!

BTW, don't these 2 statements seem a bit contradictory?

"I digest rice so quickly and it doesn’t keep my as full as the same dollar amount of fat calories. So I go as long as I can without eating then I binge on high fat foods. I know it’s not healthy but it keeps me alive"

"all the money I get from foodstamps will go to buy healthy vegan foods and improve my life"

I understand your situation though

I don’t buy unhealthy food, my parents have high fat foods around all the time, a lot of it goes to waste, but if I eat too much fat I get so sick (IBS, irregular heart beat/high blood pressure, depression, etc.). Fat is the base of my calories, the small amount of vegan low fat food/fruit I buy keeps me sane and healthy, but it is more like a treat, I buy about $30 of healthy groceries about every 2 weeks. My parents will give me absolutely no money except "to go college"... or so they claim... I won’t go because they will only pay for part of it and they may stop paying at anytime, I won’t rely on them. They are very hung up on college and disappointed I won’t go. They want me to work part time to pay for part of it, it is just not my life goal at least at this time, it’s theirs. But that is a different story.. Thank you for your answers and help now I will just try to confirm it using the links you gave. If I could have $2,000 vs $0 in my bank and have it not effect anything, that would be great. That's about exactly what I have in the bank and cash on hand. I really don’t want to empty my account in a hurry. Thanks for your help, I am feeling more confident to apply. 

what is your life goal? what kind of job do you want?

Firstly, you are lethargic and unable to maintain a job because you seem to be eating a high fat, non vegan diet. Do not use the excuse of "I have to eat this animal secretion laden high fat dripping in oil pizza, or else it will get thrown away!" That isnt YOUR problem or YOUR issue. Your issue is to take care of yourself and provide for your organism, proper food.

Rice WILL keep you full, you simply aren't eating enough of it. Bananas and potatoes are also cheap, and they are dense foods. It isn't "fullness" you feel from your oily murder-pizzas, it's simply a weighted down feeling. Which is killing you.

The reason why you are chubby is because you are eating a high fat diet with animal products and WAY MORE SALT than you can IMAGINE. You most likely have a ton of water retention. You want to starve before your interview with the people who will give you money, so you can appeal to their ethos, and gain some sort of quasi-credibility? Oh dear

Are you aware that by going through with your idea to MONEY LAUNDER, you are committing a fraud and a felony? This is severely illegal not to mention immoral. As would be lying on your application. You will become a fraud, do you know this? Does that elicit any emotion in you, or does your selfishness overpower your motivation to do a hard days work in a real job?

On a similar note, Stop ******* stealing rides on public transport. Everyone else on there has paid; you are not a special snowflake who gets a free ride. If you've got the grand, pay for a bus pass.

Hit up a food bank or ask around to local churches if they have (vegan of course) non-perishables you may take for free.  THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT

"Also you don’t know my struggles, and don’t try to one up my struggles either.."
Victim mentality. Learn what that is and nip it in the bud.

I don't see this thread going well for you at all. Atleast not if Durianrider swings by here, rofl. He's a straight shooter, as well as alot of us are. You gotta get your head on straight. 

We got a straight shooter! MONEY LAUNDERing though? Nahh

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