Here's the Des Moines Register editorial about members of the House nitpciking the SNAP program. Among the many legitimate points raised by the writer, there's one that resonates with me.
"The push by some lawmakers to allow 47 million Americans to purchase only what is included on a defined list of thousands of foods in this country is not borne from a desire to make people healthier. It’s another attempt to punish people for being poor."
Put another way: if you take government assitance, there are people who will presume to tell you how to live your life. Be ready for the heap of scorn that comes your way if, for even a second, you live life outside those parameters. Please note that those same lawmakers won't assign the same "guidelines" for corporations who get big handouts from the government. Here's a cool example of businesses and industries that got $205 billion in government funds in the 2013 bill that pulled us back from the edge of the so-called fiscal cliff.
So, what's the takeaway? If you're poor and have to feed your family with the help of a $78 billion government program, we get to tell you what brand of macaroni and cheese you can buy. Take a $205 billion handout, and we'll tell you what kind of caviar to buy. Oh wait...no we won't.