In the second story of our Out of Reach series, we told you the story of Christine Hyatt, a 27-year-old mom who tried to apply for food stamps last fall but was unsuccessful.

We checked in with Hyatt today. After she and her husband, Hudson, read our stories this week, they decided to try again to apply for food stamps. Hudson went yesterday to a county center in Chula Vista around lunchtime.

His experience sounded a lot like what we encountered when we visited several county centers last fall.

Hudson took the couple’s three girls with him — ages 4, 2 and 10 months — and found a line of people that trailed out the door into a courtyard. He lost his place in line twice when his daughters had to go to the bathroom. After about two hours, Hudson left — the line was too long and the children were getting cranky, Hyatt said.

Hyatt said the family might try again on Thursday.


Dagny Salas was web editor at Voice of San Diego from 2010 to 2013. She was an investigative fellow at VOSD from 2009 to 2010.

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