My family is on food stamps because my husband is a student. Factoring in the food stamps, grants and student loans, we thought he'd be able to focus on his school and avoid having to work at the same time until he was done his degree at the end of the year. (I can't work, so that's not an option, unfortunately.)
I just got off the phone with DSHS and she told me that they didn't know he was a student (which is completely false considering we've always told them that our "income" is student loans) and that he no longer qualifies for public assistance. I asked her to explain and she said that because he is a student, he doesn't qualify. I said, "So if he were simply unemployed and sitting at home doing nothing, you'd give him food money, but because he's going to school and working towards bettering our situation, he gets no help?"
She was nice and everything, but basically said "Yes, that's federal law. I'm sorry."
Is it just me, or shouldn't we be MORE willing to help those who are trying to help themselves instead of cutting them off and giving all the money to the people sitting around doing nothing?