Food for Thought

Complexities of food stamp “fraud” break down stereotypes and over-simplified assumptions.

BY OLIVIA MILTNER

One lesson Jacob learned while he lived on $800 per month was the joy of large bulk cereal bags. Offbrand Fruit Loops, he said, taste just as good as regular Fruit Loops.

“I had enough to get by, and if it was a really good week, I could have waffles and syrup instead of boring stuff. You would splurge on the nicer brands. That was a treat,” Jacob said.

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