TJC Story Blog

Sept 2021

Elizabeth Franklin

As the primary caregiver for her four grandchildren, Mrs. Elizabeth Franklin knows the importance of nutrition programs like SNAP and Pandemic-EBT (P-EBT). Elizabeth’s grandchildren range in age from 7 to 16, and all attend Metro Nashville Public Schools. A native of Middle Tennessee, Elizabeth, her husband Anthony, and their four grandchildren, have called Nashville home since before their children were born. As Elizabeth explains, “programs such as SNAP and P-EBT are essential for the health of so many families and children across the state of Tennessee.”

Elizabeth found TJC when she was faced with complicated bureaucracy requirements to keep her SNAP benefits. The Franklin family has participated in SNAP since their children were babies, but Elizabeth feared their benefits would be terminated when she was sent a notice and paperwork that was complicated and difficult to complete . TJC helped Elizabeth complete her paperwork requirements, which ensured that Elizabeth and her family will have uninterrupted SNAP benefits for the next 2 years.

In addition to their SNAP benefits, throughout the pandemic Elizabeth has found that P-EBT was essential for their family because it helped to pay for meals while her four children were home doing virtual learning for nearly the entire 2021-21 school year and did not have access to free meals at school. At the same time Elizabeth and her family receives support, she has become a strong advocate for programs like SNAP and P-EBT helping her neighbors and other families to better understand the nutrition programs.