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SNAP's direction
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When the modern food stamp program began as a pilot project in 1961 -- it was authorized as a permanent program three years later -- those in charge probably never envisioned a day when people might walk into fast-food restaurants, order up a huge container of French fries and then pull out their food stamps to pay. But that’s what’s happening in some places today, and restaurant owners are pushing for a bigger share of the pie. The philosophy of the original program, which evolved into SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) was to allow low-income citizens to be able to buy basic food supplies at grocery stores and then take that food home for preparation.