I witnessed the travesty that is the "food stamp" welfare program close up as a grocery clerk at my first job in my teenage years. And I say this as a child from a family that enrolled in the food stamp program for a short time during the Carter years.
Very large (obese) black women in 1-2 year-old Cadillacs would buy multiple packages of pork chops and other meats, very few vegetables and other dry, efficient staples, like beans, multiple packages of creme-filled sandwich cookies, and other candies - all with food stamps. The smokers would buy small items like packs of gum multiple times until they had enough change to buy cigarettes (in those days, remaining change <$1 was refunded in cash.) If you accused them of violations,