After vowing never to go on public assistance, octuplet mom Nadya Suleman is accepting food stamps because of dire financial straits. “I still am working as hard as I possibly can to support them,’’ she told TODAY on Thursday about going on public assistance. “I made that call reluctantly.
“I feel ashamed, but who cares how I feel. It’s 100 percent about my children.” Suleman told NBC News that for the past two months, she has received $2,000 a month in food assistance from a program in California that gives help to large families making less than $119,000 a year in order to sustain her family of 14 children. Suleman had six children before giving birth to octuplets in 2009 through in-vitro fertilization.
She cried as she made the phone call to sign up for food stamps, Suleman told TODAY Moms in an exclusive backstage interview. She hopes to be off the assistance soon.
“People are saying, ‘Nadya, people are thinking you have been on (assistance),’’’ she told Matt Lauer. “’Who cares if you even do this? They thought you were on it already.’ My priority is my children — their health, their well-being, their safety. I’m giving myself another 2 months to be on it.”
Suleman recently posed topless for a British magazine, which netted her $8,000. According to the Department of Agriculture, it takes roughly $9,000 a month to support 14 children.
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