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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For a time, the three lived with their 24-year-old cousin in a one-bedroom apartment in Ellicott City, who worked three jobs and applied for food stamps to make ends meet. Mary Carole Mccauley,, "As he graduates from Wharton, this former Ellicott City resident reflects on overcoming tragedy," 10 May 2018 Walker pushed for Medicaid work requirement waivers and waivers to drug test food stamp recipients. Aaron Rupar, Vox, "Scott Walker accidentally reveals he doesn’t get Venn diagrams while downplaying GOP’s power grab," 14 Dec. 2018 Arkansas has exempted many people — those who are working full-time, who are already meeting the work requirement for food stamps, or who are medically frail — from needing to report their activities. Dylan Scott, Vox, "16,932 people have lost Medicaid coverage under Arkansas’s work requirements," 18 Dec. 2018 About 40 million Americans receive food stamps, more than double the number 20 years ago, and the figure isn’t falling. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "The GOP’s Food-Stamp Failure," 9 Dec. 2018 Four million fewer people on food stamps, 4 million new jobs are created. Fox News, "George Papadopoulos on what he wants the American people to know," 12 Sep. 2018 The owner of a Chinatown bakery was sentenced Tuesday for food stamp fraud and ordered to pay back nearly $750,000 in restitution, prosecutors said. Alana Levene,, "Chinatown bakery owner sentenced to prison for food stamp fraud," 25 Apr. 2018 From February: Nonprofit meant to help troubled youth defrauded government of $400K, prosecutors say From November: Louisville business owner convicted of food stamp fraud in federal court James D. Linville, 44, of Clarksville, went by Sgt. Darcy Costello, The Courier-Journal, "4 accused of posing as 'Wounded Warrior' fundraisers to steal $125,000 for personal use," 16 Mar. 2018 The Oregonian/OregonLive this week asked the Department of Human Services for statistics on food stamp fraud by store owners. Greg Larose,, "New Orleans airport throws its own Mardi Gras season parade for travelers: Fox 8," 10 Feb. 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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