Editorial: Cuts to Food Stamps make getting by that much harder
"Could you survive on $5 worth of food per day? Probably. Three packets of ramen noodles. Maybe a hotdog. Possibly a small milk carton for one meal. Water for the rest.
Just ask Yolo County Assemblywoman Mariko Yamada. Every year she tries to live for a day on the allowance for Food Stamps. It's not easy.
You could get by -- but it would not be the life of luxury that many people imagine when they hear "food stamps." Yes, we've heard the horror stories of waste, fraud and abuse in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program -- the actual name of the federal food stamp program.
No doubt, there is abuse in the system. But neither is there any doubt that the program helps many desperately poor people."