When money gets tight — not that a single mother raising five children and going to college ever has plenty of it — Roxanne Cole drives to a discount grocery store 90 minutes away. (Why have five kids if you can't afford to feed one?)
Cole, 29, of the Hill District worked out the math and said she can stretch her food stamp money far enough at the Clarion County store that it's worth the cost of gas. (I guess its the government's fault that there aren't enough discount grocery stores in her area?)
Cole works full time as an addiction counselor and part time as an honors student in the University of Pittsburgh's master's degree program for social work. She's among 1.3 million people (losers) in Pennsylvania, and 32 million nationwide, receiving food stamps.
The program is poised for a historic expansion with the addition (theft) of $20 billion in federal stimulus money. Abou
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