Unlike many poor people, including my mother, I am not ashamed of having been a participant in the Food Stamp program. Back in my GR days this was actually a luxury, allowing me to purchase pricier food items like fresh fruits and vegetables that I would never have paid for with my own limited supply of cash. The diet of the poor is understandable, it’s all about making a dollar last longer, and to make you feel “full” at the most affordable price. Thus the reason for choosing to subsist on crap but cheap processed foods like Top Ramen and Kraft Mac and Cheese – fats and carbs – its about abating hunger, not about eating well. Food Stamps allowed me to venture onto crazy things like tofu, brown rice, and broccoli. Even after I stopped using food stamps I held on to my lil’ stash of $1 stamps just in case. Now its all about the EBT cards, which are accepted in all sort of fast food restaurants and very few “foodie” places that supposedly care about our eating habits. (But who cares? This “foodie” bullshit is going to fade into obscurity quickly once we all get back to a basic grounding of eating simple food.)
I found my safety stash while clearing out a bunch of papers. I assume that at some point in my future I will be back at the food stamp line filling out the necessary paperwork.
Fuck yeah, I’m down with Food Stamps.