Yup. I was on food stamps briefly in 2009 due to being out of work for 8 months and unable to collect unemployment since my job had been freelance. My full-year backup buffer of savings shrank 75% in value because of the stock market nosedive. I got $200 per month in food stamps. I don't eat much and $200 buys enough food to last me for several months - mostly because ai know how to cook and ingedients are far cheaper than that frozen or pre-packaged processed garbage that passes for food. I suppose it doesn't last as long when you spend it on Cheetos and Ding Dongs. Or like many do here in Mass, exchange it for cash (with dishonest vendors) to go buy drugs and such.