Stand behind one of these recipients in the grocery line and you will know why they can't manage to last the month out.
My daughter and her 2 kids just moved out. That made 5 in the house for 3 mnths. I bought all the groceries and was spending about $450 a month. Of course that was nothing but food, no extras, and we cook. I bet she spent $300 on sodas and snacks though, so that is where the extra costs come in.
WHILE ON FOODSTAMPS!!!
I make what most would consider a good income, and I shop sales ALL the time. I spend about $225-$250 a month for 2 people. And I feel I eat pretty darn good.
Bacon or sausage and eggs for breakfast, maybe pancakes or homemade waffles w/ real maple syrup. A fair amount of beef and pork roasts (which I love). A handful of skillet dishes with ground beef. Minute steaks or round steaks.
I bought 1/2 a cow in the spring for $4 a lb.
$4 is expensive hamburger or chuck roast, but its real cheap porterhouse and sirloin.
I buy maple syrup by the gallon up in Wisconsin. $38 for a gallon vs $17 for a quart in the store. Tastes better too.
I've got lazy, worthless relatives who play the welfare system. They get food stamps AND rotate through the area food banks each month.
I shop by whats on sale and cook what I have on hand. (Most of the time I can eat what I want, because I already have on hand what I need. All bought on sale)
First I work to make the money. Then I work again, shopping the sales, to get the most of MY MONEY.
Of course, I guess you could say that "working" the handout system is work also.