No. That's ridiculous (and I'm poor myself.) You can eat cold food or go to soup kitchens or buy a little plug in pot-like thing to cook hot food (soup, at least); I know, because I lived in a hotel in NYC where I did this (not supposed to, but didn't get caught.)
And DEAR GOD IN HEAVEN: I realize posters don't like "nanny state" mentaility, and I agree, but you know what a lot of people would do if food stamps were cash? Spend it on booze. Much like I, and friends of mine, in SF (where the homelessbegging population is OFF THE CHARTS!), have, being asked for money for food, given people a few books and then seen them stumble into a neighborhood store and buy 1 beer, or 1-2 cigarettes.
A friend of mine, sick of this, came out of a McD's and a guy asked him for "spare change to buy food", so my friend gave him a breakfast sandwich. The guy just looked at it and said, "oh." Not evcen grateful (or perhaps, hungry)
(See it's okay to give poor people FOOD from McD's, hee-hee!)
I once gave a younger woman crackers, a couple of bagels, and dry cat food for her cats; she was quite grateful.
And if cash was given out instead of food stamps: what the FUCK migh happen to people's kids? The parents might "drink" the allotment!
Don't think this sort of thing doesn't happen; I used to go to AC, and marvel at realy scuzzy-looking people - oldre and young - playing various casino games, and a dealer said, "they spend their welfare checks" (or Social Security checks, as the case might be.)
Im on SS Disability now; would describe myself as a foodalcoholic, and if I had control of my money anymore, would spend it on fast food (if I lived in a city where there WAS anyway.)
Am rambling; sorry, and I see the point re people not having cooking faciliites (is like when wellmeaning places give poor people a turkey for Xmas, not realizeing theyve got no way to cook it) but I do NOT think $$ for food stamps is the answer.