"Poverty in America" update:
MUNCIE -- The sign near the door of Papa Murphy's Take 'n' Bake Pizza is subtle but noticeable.
Food stamps gladly accepted."
Blaine Ellis, the owner of local Papa Murphy's franchises, including two in Muncie, said the use of public assistance -- traditionally known as food stamps but more recently electronic balance transfer (EBT) cards -- has increased in the recession.
It's often been remarked that America's poor today are better off than even the well-off of past generations and what passes for well-off in many parts of the world today. "Food stamps for pizza" is, in its own way, a better symbol of that fact than the color TVs and cell phones the poor have in abundance.