THE ADMINISTRATION: Stamping on Food Stamps

Sedrick A. Tydus, 23, a Stanford University student, pays most of his living and educational expenses with money from a fellowship and student loans. Yet by collecting federal food stamps, Tydus is able to treat himself to movies, weekend trips and an occasional night on the town. Though the stamps help, Tydus concedes that without them, "I wouldn't be on the bread line."

Dianne Taylor, 27, an assistant in a Palo Alto free medical clinic, earns $6,000 a year. As a single parent with a young daughter, she can buy $90 worth of food stamps for $70. Thanks to them, she...

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