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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Ohio Benefit Bank expanded its services to assist clients with filling out applications for public benefits such as food stamps, Medicaid and child care subsidies. Laura A. Hobson,, "Madisonville assistance center: A home away from home," 17 June 2018 State officials also said that more than 86,000 people have lost their ability to get food stamps and did not report getting new jobs. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Macron wants to be Trump’s buddy. Can it last? Five flash points to watch.," 23 Apr. 2018 Most of the discussion on food stamps is about single parents and children, who will continue to be the majority of recipients. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "A Food Fight Worth Having," 8 July 2018 In 1961, a couple in Paynesville, W.V., became the first recipients of food stamps under a pilot program created by President Kennedy., "This day in history," 29 May 2018 The vote was a blow to GOP leaders, who had hoped to tout its new work requirements for recipients of food stamps. Andrew Taylor,, "Conservative revolt over immigration sinks House farm bill," 18 May 2018 The farm bill is a Beltway totem that features handouts for agriculture interests and funding for food stamps. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "A Food Fight Worth Having," 8 July 2018 The family doesn't qualify for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (food stamps). Deborah Yetter, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky families face heartbreaking wait for Kinship Care money," 3 July 2018 The Senate version, which needed Democratic votes to pass, does not include major changes to food stamps. Caitlin Dewey,, "Senate passes sweeping farm bill by wide margin, setting up fight with House," 29 June 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

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

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