The key word is 'supplemental'


To the editor of THE EAGLE:

We've read numerous articles on how difficult it is to purchase groceries on the $4.80 per person per day Supplemental Assistance Program, commonly referred to as SNAP or food stamps. Various local politicians and columnists have experimented by trying to live for a week on this allotment, and found it virtually impossible to do. And I agree without even trying this myself that it's not doable as described.

The key word here is "supplemental." According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, the word supplement is defined as "something that completes or makes an addition." Was this program intended to pay for each person's total grocery purchases, or to supplement it as the program's name implies? DAVID SIMMONS



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