Salon In the John Waters-esque sector of northwest Baltimore â€” equal parts kitschy, sketchy, artsy and weird â€” Gerry Mak and Sarah Magida sauntered through a small ethnic market stocked with Japanese eggplant, mint chutney and fresh turmeric....
â€œI have $80 bucks left!â€ Magida said. â€œIâ€™m so happy!â€
â€œI have $12,â€ Mak said with a frown.
The two friends werenâ€™t tabulating the cash in their wallets but what remained of the monthly allotment on their Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program debit cards, the official new term for...food stamps.
Magida, a 30-year-old art school graduate, had been installing museum exhibits for a living until the recession caused arts funding...to dry up. She applied for food stamps last summer, and since then sheâ€™s used her $150 in monthly benefits for things like fresh produce, raw honey and fresh-squeezed juices from markets near her house...and soy meat alternatives and gourmet ice cream from a Whole Foods a few miles away.... Read More: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2958687/posts