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1. How can a person get free food in 'Amerika?' Do you think this advice is still valid?

According to Hoffman, food is literally just lying around waiting to be stolen. Examples given by Hoffman include the use of costumes, slugs (fake quarters), and deception in order to fool restaurant owners in simple or elaborate scams. Simpler methods include simply sitting down at a recently deserted table and finishing the scraps. Most of the simpler scams are probably not possible today, especially those involving taking sample food as health standards have changed and literally, not as much food is left 'lying around' in the present day.

2. What programs existed at the time of writing for distributing food to the poor? What criticism does he have for the way these programs were implemented?

Hoffman considers the food stamp program to be the best way to get free food. Food stamps are superior to the food program offered by welfare because it requires less information to qualify for and the stamps can be used for any type of food. Hoffman criticizes the manner in which the food stamp program is carried out, as individual states are responsible for managing their respective programs and some states tend to systemically discourage their use.

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