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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Court documents said Benitez has six dependents and a net income of $388 from public assistance, such as food stamps. Serena O'sullivan, azcentral, "Phoenix mom accused of buying stolen items, involving her kids in reselling merchandise," 14 June 2019 Researchers found that every $22,000 in tax dollars spent on food stamps between 2001 to 2014 created about one job. Alexia Fernández Campbell, Vox, "Food stamps helped lift the US economy out of the Great Recession," 5 June 2019 Meanwhile, our farmer friends should not complain about those on welfare or food stamps; the tariffs put them in the same boat. Letters To The Editor, The Mercury News, "Letter: We are paying for farmers’ $16B bailout, not China," 17 June 2019 Families who receive Medicaid, food stamps or Family Assistance - formerly known as TANF or Temporary Assistance to Needy Families - already meet the income qualifications for WIC. Leada Gore |,, "New WIC income guidelines; more Alabamians may now be eligible," 3 June 2019 Tipped workers in the city are twice as likely to live in poverty and use food stamps as the rest of the city’s workforce. Alexia Fernández Campbell, Vox, "DC repealed a ballot measure giving restaurant workers a raise. But it might be back.," 12 Dec. 2018 Democrats will control what legislation even gets onto the floor—which likely won’t include tax cuts to the rich, or cuts on Medicaid or food stamps. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Midterm Election Results Explained," 7 Nov. 2018 The Pruetts were receiving $1,022 a month in food stamps, but with three meals a day for seven people, that works out to $1.60 per meal per person. Marcella Bombardieri, The Atlantic, "One College's Struggle to Get Poor Students Through School," 30 May 2018 Beyond financial hardship and the physical stress of living on too little, accepting help from programs like Medicaid and food stamps is a source of stigma. Livia Gershon, Longreads, "The Prosperity Plea," 30 May 2018

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First Known Use of food stamp

1939, in the meaning defined above

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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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