Government Cheese for Wealthy Moms

A worker prepares boxes of free food for distribution in Chelsea, Mass., July 9.



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President Ronald Reagan famously distributed 60 million pounds of surplus cheese to poor Americans in 1981. Four decades later, middle-class moms are taking advantage of a welfare loophole to get their own government cheese.

In August, the U.S. Department of Agriculture began allowing schools to distribute food without verifying that a recipient has a child enrolled in public school or eligible for free or subsidized meals. That means anyone can roll up to a food-distribution site to get a free bag of food.

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a mom in the wealthy Virginia suburb of Washington where I live recently posted pictures of an elegant cheese board she’d created with items she snagged from the city’s food giveaway. She could afford to buy the cheese, dried and fresh fruits, vegetables, whole-grain muffins, breakfast bars,

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A bill signed into law this week prevents corporations from scooping up too much of California’s valuable housing stock — a shift that could help shape how the state’s housing market weathers the COVID-fueled economic crisis.

Gov. Gavin Newsom signed SB 1079 into law this week — one of several housing protection or production-focused bills to make it off his desk. SB 1079, which was inspired by the Oakland activist group Moms 4 Housing, prevents corporations from snapping up bundles of homes during foreclosure auctions. Instead, it gives tenants and families an opportunity to buy them individually.

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