Universities are encouraging students to sign up for food stamps, reports The Daily Caller. The stimulus bill changed the rules, making it easier for healthy young adults without children to qualify.
About 13 percent of Americans use food stamps. Most are low-income working people with young children, but increasingly students are discovering that’s it’s easy to qualify — and hard for anyone to tell they’re shopping on the taxpayers’ dime.
Salon featured educated “hipsters” using food stamps to buy high-priced gourmet food at trendy organic stores.
“I’m sort of a foodie, and I’m not going to do the ‘living off ramen’ thing,” one young man said, fondly remembering a recent meal he’d prepared of roasted rabbit with butter, tarragon and sweet potatoes. “I used to think that you could only get processed food and government cheese on food stamps, but it’s great that you can get anything.”
Food stamps — really a tax-funded credit card — “can be used for just about anything edible, including wild-caught fish, organic asparagus and triple-crème cheese,” Salon reports.
Among the latest members of the $50K Club: Harvard, MIT, Wellesley, Brandeis, Brown, Dartmouth, and Holy Cross. They join Tufts, Boston University, Boston College, Smith, Mount Holyoke, and Babson, which all broke the barrier this year.
Financial aid — some of it subsidized by the taxpayers — cushions the sticker shock.