Food Stamp Stash

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 makingĀ  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.


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6 Responses to Food Stamp Stash

  1. Lorena says:

    Buying in bulk, and cooking from scratch helps to lower food cost. I would think, with permission, a person would be able to glean quite a bit of food in L.A. area – you know stuff that falls from trees no one bothers to harvest. Also, seeds are cheap, you can grow a lot of food in a small space, containers or borrowed land. Btw, hot, spicy food is known to reduce the sensation of hunger, heat and spices are often used in countries where hunger is prevalent. The other side of the food stamp coin is that it is a subsidy to food producers and companies.

  2. rolo says:

    wine is cheap and makes you forget bout hunger too

  3. dona junta says:

    Ha thanks for sharing I never bothered to look at what president was even on the food stamp coupon. Thomas Jefferson sitting around signing the declaration of independence lol kind of an odd concept.

  4. JOHN STILTS says:

    JOHN STILTS says:
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    January 16, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    Hi I would like to offer you $25.00 for you food stamp coupons I am a collector and it legal now to buy and sell them.
    Thank you

  5. Jay Losenstein says:

    You fucking bum. Get a job you lowest common denominator scum bag. It’s people like you who make America so shitty. My grandfather fled nazi Germany with not a single cent to his name and died a multimillionaire. Please do something to benefit society besides take advantage of this fucked up system we have in America. I can’t believe my taxes pay for people to do stuff like that.

  6. EL CHAVO! says:

    ^^ HAHA! You mad?

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