ETA: this is not on the original topic, but it sort of seems like the original topic was gone long ago :)
As a cashier, I have sold fresh lobster to somebody who paid with food stamps. I'm still irritated about it 15 years later. But when it comes right down to it, the income limits for FS are so low that I think anybody who qualifies should take them. I also think there should be a limited selection of staple items that FS will cover, but that's a whole 'nother thread.
OP, you obviously need to adjust things in your household until income exceeds expenses. You already know this. If food stamps tide you over during that process, then I'm calling that a good use of my tax dollars.
I have to say I somewhat agree with the highlighted statement also...
When my BIL got out of jail he had nothing, no job, not a place to live (he stayed with us briefly) and no money for food. He applied for and received food stamps. In his situation he needed them until he could find work and be able to support himself. It bothers me that he could have avoided the situation by not getting into trouble and going to jail in the first place, but if he's expected to become a productive member of society then the assistance was needed and I don't mind our tax dollars going towards helping him out. Here's why I agree with the above statement. Instead of going out and buying nutritious foods for himself, he was going to the corner store and buying Gatorade (not for the electrolytes but because he doesn't like to drink water), ice cream, ring dings and chips, they weren't healthy and they were way over priced because he was buying them at a convenience store. The amount that was given to him for the month was completely wasted on junk food (we were paying for and cooking his actual meals here at our house). I feel he should not have been allowed to do that. Even though once the money is on his EBT card it's technically his to spend on whatever food he chooses. I just don't feel like that is what the system was set up for, and that's why there should be some sort of restrictions.
It would probably bother me too if I saw someone buying lobster with their ebt card.. because eating lobster is usually thought of being a luxury item.. But I'd rather see someone buying lobster than seeing a cart full of chips, soda, cookies, and snack foods.
When I was a kid my mom got assistance, because she's on disability.. I don't think we ever got food stamps per say, but we were given coupons to get free food from the farmers market in the summer, because of that I remember actually eating fruits and vegetables that I would not have gotten if my mom was given an EBT card and was left to make her own choices. To this day she only eats packaged/already prepared foods. We did also get meals at Thanksgiving which included a turkey and fixin's, and a couple times a year we went to the place that they would give out government cheese, peanut butter, and things like that. I think things like that are a better use of the funds we are giving to people.