Letter: A better way to run food program

People walk past an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) People walk past an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) station, more commonly known as Food Stamps, in the GrowNYC Greenmarket in Union Square. (Sept. 18, 2013) Photo Credit: Getty Images

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With the growing concern over food stamp misuse and other abuse of government assistance, I think I have what would be a very fair answer for both sides ["The myth of takers vs. makers," Opinion, Sept. 26].

Why not have a depot where those entitled could pick up food staples like milk, chopped meat, cereal, fruit, coffee, etc.? We could even hand out blankets and inexpensive clothing.

Living on the taxpayers' dime should be something a person should be trying to discontinue, not to make a lifestyle. Assistance should never find its way to beer, steak, lobster, shrimp, etc. Yearning for the better things in life should be the impetus to become productive.

Frank Grunseich, Deer Park

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