Twenty-three-year-old Dominique Pleasant is sitting nearby with her two daughters. They’re all drinking cans of cola.
Like more than a quarter of people in the Bronx, Dominique qualifies for food stamps.
“Food stamps is free money from the government to purchase food,” she explains.
Thanks, Beeb! I couldn’t have illustrated it better myself!
But what this is really about is a potential ban on the types of things you can buy with your ‘free money from the government’:
Now the city’s waiting to hear if the federal government in Washington will allow a ban on spending food stamps on fizzy drinks.”I think it’s stupid,” says Dominique. “It makes no sense. The air we are breathing is bad but they aren’t trying to stop that.”
Of course, Dominique, you could just start to earn your own money? That comes with no strings attached, after all…
Meanwhile, the Beeb is still unaware there’s no such thing as a free lunch over here, too:
At the moment 16 to 18 year olds from the poorest families are provided with a free school meal, if they stay on at school.But those who go to college do not get one, something the government admits is “a concern”.
Catherine is a 19 year old student studying business at the college. She thinks that it is unfair that pupils are missing out on a free school meal“Not everyone suits an academic setting of A levels. If you are trying to do the best for you to achieve, why should you be punished on something you should rightly have.“
She’s going to be a credit to the world of business, isn’t she?