Food-stamp meaning

A stamp or coupon, issued by the government to persons with low incomes, that can be redeemed for food at stores.
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Any of the federal coupons given to qualifying low-income persons for use in buying food.
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A stamp or similar paper document (e.g. coupon) issued to be exchanged in shops or storage facilities for food, or (by extension) for other essential provisions, notably in a rationing system or as a non-financial form of welfare benefit.

The authorities claim they turned from unemployment checks to food stamps to avoid alcoholists wasting their families' allowances in pubs.

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