When she was younger, Kolia Souza went to work with bruises. The man she was in a relationship with at the time—the father of her two daughters—was physically abusive. She was worried about the challenges she would face leaving him, but knew it was best for her and her daughters.
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) helped Kolia get back on her feet after leaving that relationship, and it enabled her to finish college and provide for her daughters.
Kolia later married Brian Johnson, who shares his experience as a young boy when his mother received SNAP benefits after leaving an abusive relationship with his father.