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Why Advocates Say Food Stamps Should Work on Cooked Food

$10 billion needed to prevent Covid-19 hunger crisis, researchers say

Years ago, Esperanza Fonseca was experiencing homelessness in Ventura County, California. “I went to the food counter at Ralph’s and tried to order a somewhat healthy meal with my [food stamps], but the lady at the counter told me that I could buy raw fish but I couldn’t buy cooked fish because it’s against the law,” she says. “If people can buy raw food, why not cooked food, especially if they’re homeless because of the same economic circumstances that caused them to not have enough food?”

 

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