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Showing posts with label food stamps needed Department of Agriculture supplemental Nutrition Assistance program Family hungry. Show all posts
Showing posts with label food stamps needed Department of Agriculture supplemental Nutrition Assistance program Family hungry. Show all posts

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Food Stamps Why The Shame?

I was reading an article were a youngman were advocating for the use of food stamps for the underemployed... And,some of the commenter seems to be making fun of people who needed them...Any way The New York Times covered a NYU journalism graduate student who is receiving food stamps, since he only makes $450 a month through freelance writing jobs...The young man in question made a wonderful and valid point—food stamps exist to help anyone who qualifies for the program, whether a struggling family of four or a grad student, and nobody should feel ashamed to participate in the program.

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!
Question:
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?