I checked out the website for the Department of Agriculture's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, the agency that supplies food stamps. The primary requirement is that the family or individual's income should be 130 percent or less of the federal poverty guidelines, which is why the grad student was eligible...You have to apply for food stamps on a state level, and a handful of states even offer online applications—handy!
Do you know anyone on food stamps?
Does it surprise you to read about a grad student using the program?
Would you apply for food stamps?
What's wrong with seeking help if needed?