Citing a report from Salon.com, the article comes as no surprise. Food stamps offer all eligible people, many who are working at low-paying jobs and struggling to pay high rents, the opportunity of choice.
Preparing your own meals from scratch is always a less expensive route, and should be applauded. But somehow, we find it easy to criticize poor people who don't look the way we expect them to appear.
If the choice is between paying your rent and eating, what kind of decision is that to have to make? And why does anyone care if a 20-something buys a "foodie" specialty item?
Isn't it preferable to buy good food that nourishes the body rather than a caseload of ramen and Poptarts? Teaching food stamp recipients, no matter their life circumstances, how to wisely choose fresh foods and preparation techniques should be mandatory.
We are too busy concerning ourselves with what "able-bodied " people should be doing, i.e., why they are "free-loading" instead of working.
Able-bodied people can be poor. Poverty happens. Many people are born into it and to others, poverty is the result of circumstance - unemployment, underemployment, divorce, etc.. Poverty isn't just for the shiftless, incompetent or otherwise disabled.
Using food stamps is, for most people, not a lifestyle choice, but a means of surviving tough times until situations can be improved.