food stamp


Definition of food stamp

: a government-issued coupon that is sold at little cost or given to low-income persons and is redeemable for food

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Recent Examples on the Web A couple weeks ago, Sergine sold the family’s $509 monthly food stamp allotment. Washington Post, "The pandemic hit and this car became home for a family of four.," 6 June 2020 Democrats are demanding more money for food stamps and other social safety net items in exchange for approving Republicans' request for fast passage of this additional relief money. David M. Drucker, Washington Examiner, "Democrats are liking their chances against Trump as swing state job losses mount," 17 Apr. 2020 Public Health Solutions helps New Yorkers apply for food stamps and health insurance. Natalie Gontcharova,, "How To Help New York City & State During Coronavirus," 13 Apr. 2020 Pelosi said there will have to be more direct payments to individuals, extended unemployment insurance, and additional funding for food stamps and the Payroll Protection Plan, which provides small business loans. TheWeek, "Pelosi reportedly tells Democrats next coronavirus relief package will top $1 trillion," 7 Apr. 2020 That’s definitely true — food stamps are extremely good. Dylan Matthews, Vox, "How many Americans live on $2 a day? The biggest debate in poverty research, explained.," 5 June 2019 Food insecurity is related to soaring college costs, stagnant family incomes, a poor labor market for part-time workers, and employment requirements that make food stamps inaccessible, Goldrick-Rab said. Mary Esch, The Christian Science Monitor, "On-campus food pantries help struggling students succeed in school," 18 Apr. 2018 Dollar General and Dollar Tree’s Family Dollar division have signaled that food stamps account for roughly 5 percent of sales, according to Gordon Haskett Research Advisors analyst Chuck Grom. Fortune, "Dollar Store Stocks Drop After President Trump's Budget Proposes Slashing Food Stamp Payouts," 12 Feb. 2018 Broad Leib notes that in nearly every state where low-income families can purchase groceries online with food stamps through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Amazon and Walmart are the only approved retailers. Maddie Stone, Wired, "Is Online Grocery Shopping Better for the Planet?," 9 May 2020

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First Known Use of food stamp

1939, in the meaning defined above

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“Food stamp.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of food stamp

US : a small document that is given by the government to poor people and that can be used to buy food

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