Thai Curry On Food Stamps

“Open thy mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy.” Proverbs 31:9

Salon.com has been doing a series called “Pinched” about life during the recession. They recently published an article in that series called “Hipsters On Food Stamps.” The New York Times published a longer, but more in-depth look at those who are using food stamps, if you’re interested.

The Salon article talks to a bunch of “hipsters” who are on government assistance and are using that assistance to purchase things like raw honey and organic juice. I’m sure that there are some hipsters who are taking advantage of the system, just like I’m sure that there are non-hipsters who do so. I’m sure that there are hipsters who make dumb, ill-informed decisions about what to buy, just like there are non-hipsters who do so.

I don’t understand why raw honey or rabbit or ethnic food or shopping at the farmer’s market is frowned upon. I get great deals at the farmer’s market. The article points out that one of the people they are interviewing is making Thai yellow curry. Should we judge people who are making Thai food instead of a roast?

Being a foodie, being interested in making creative dishes, doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t be able to use government assistance. People used to complain about people purchasing soda and junk food with food stamps. Now there’s controversy over people buying healthy food?

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