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(IFL Science)   The peculiar origins of "Government Cheese" and why Missouri squats on 1.4 billion pounds of it   (iflscience.com) divider line
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2022-05-24 9:32:18 AM  
In NYS years ago anyone over 65 could get a block of government cheese, you just had to show your medicare card.  So my grandmother got a block.  It was great cheese.
 
2022-05-24 10:10:30 AM  
What types of cheese? I love cheese, but not just one type.

I'd get bored of cheddar.
 
2022-05-24 10:34:56 AM  
I've never actually had government cheese. I have read the stories, however.
 
2022-05-24 10:45:41 AM  
From In Living Color: Green Eggs and Gubment Chees

Jesse Jackson's Children's Books ($49.95)
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2022-05-24 11:12:04 AM  

Sub Human: What types of cheese? I love cheese, but not just one type.

I'd get bored of cheddar.


Blended cheeses and emulsifiers. Harder than Velveeta, not as tangy, creamier not as tangy but not bland. It was pretty good. It was a great ingredient cheese for sauces and casseroles.
 
2022-05-24 11:14:56 AM  
Government Cheese - Camping On Acid
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/oblig
 
2022-05-24 11:29:13 AM  
"Squats" and "government cheese" really don't belong in the same sentence.
 
2022-05-24 11:29:57 AM  

Sub Human: What types of cheese? I love cheese, but not just one type.

I'd get bored of cheddar.


Velveeta
Really
 
2022-05-24 11:39:33 AM  
That's one way to keep prices high.
 
2022-05-24 12:07:04 PM  
Every so often I crave a grilled cheese made with cheese from the 5lb government cheese block.
 
2022-05-24 12:20:47 PM  

Cafe Threads: I've never actually had government cheese. I have read the stories, however.


The closest you'll get to is Land O Lakes American or Cheddar American(forgot which one)
 
2022-05-24 12:30:20 PM  
Matt Foley: Van Down By The River - SNL
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2022-05-24 12:31:03 PM  

drjekel_mrhyde: Cafe Threads: I've never actually had government cheese. I have read the stories, however.

The closest you'll get to is Land O Lakes American or Cheddar American(forgot which one)


Extra Melt. Never tried it outside of a decent burger from Whalburgers that touts "government cheese" slices on burgers. I had loads of the original in the 80s, along with commodity peanut butter (okay for the first 1/3 of the 7lb can), canned beef and canned pork (both mildly seasoned and fine in casseroles, but less cool on a sandwich), and commodity honey (just honey). The gubmint cheese was the best of the lot.
 
2022-05-24 12:36:17 PM  
Sorry-i'm from Canada,  so we don't know anything about " surplus gubment cheese/government cheese".  We do, however have a federally protected dairy and poultry cartel.  So, all cheese, dairy products, chicken, turkey and eggs are not allowed to be imported into Canada without paying a hefty tax ( 280%) first.  This applies to all cheese that comes from wherever, be it the USA or Europe.  The same rules also apply to the products previously mentioned . So, in a way we have " government cheese" but no big stockpiles of it  and the gov't here sure isn't giving it away for free...
 
2022-05-24 12:50:38 PM  

johnb1: Sorry-i'm from Canada,  so we don't know anything about " surplus gubment cheese/government cheese".  We do, however have a federally protected dairy and poultry cartel.  So, all cheese, dairy products, chicken, turkey and eggs are not allowed to be imported into Canada without paying a hefty tax ( 280%) first.  This applies to all cheese that comes from wherever, be it the USA or Europe.  The same rules also apply to the products previously mentioned . So, in a way we have " government cheese" but no big stockpiles of it  and the gov't here sure isn't giving it away for free...


Sorry you have to live in the late stage capitalistic hellscape of Canada. Here is the states we prefer a strong social safety net that ensures all our citizens are properly taken care of. You guys should try it, but I know it's profits before people up there.
 
2022-05-24 12:54:42 PM  

Sub Human: What types of cheese? I love cheese, but not just one type.

I'd get bored of cheddar.


Literally my job.  Here's what available in FY23 for NSLP:
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These are processing diversions, that states can send to (for example) Schwan Foods, then schools can pick what kind of pizza or whatever.
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And here's the household cheese, the actual "government cheese" that everyone talks about.  Stuff you might get from a food bank, or get served in a shelter.
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(There are often Bonus offerings of additional cheeses throughout the year.  We've gotten a bunch of pepperjack during COVID for whatever reason.)
 
2022-05-24 12:57:25 PM  

mybluemake: drjekel_mrhyde: Cafe Threads: I've never actually had government cheese. I have read the stories, however.

The closest you'll get to is Land O Lakes American or Cheddar American(forgot which one)

Extra Melt. Never tried it outside of a decent burger from Whalburgers that touts "government cheese" slices on burgers. I had loads of the original in the 80s, along with commodity peanut butter (okay for the first 1/3 of the 7lb can), canned beef and canned pork (both mildly seasoned and fine in casseroles, but less cool on a sandwich), and commodity honey (just honey). The gubmint cheese was the best of the lot.


I remember those canned meats. My aunt would spice it up with gravy or bbq sauce and serve it with rice and jiffy cornbread.
 
2022-05-24 1:07:12 PM  

skyotter: Sub Human: What types of cheese? I love cheese, but not just one type.

I'd get bored of cheddar.

Literally my job.  Here's what available in FY23 for NSLP:
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These are processing diversions, that states can send to (for example) Schwan Foods, then schools can pick what kind of pizza or whatever.
[Fark user image 389x160]

And here's the household cheese, the actual "government cheese" that everyone talks about.  Stuff you might get from a food bank, or get served in a shelter.
[Fark user image 381x102]
(There are often Bonus offerings of additional cheeses throughout the year.  We've gotten a bunch of pepperjack during COVID for whatever reason.)


I thought this program was over and done with.  How does one go about getting "government cheese" as an individual?  Do you have to be on food stamps (called Cal Fresh in California)?  Does it go to food banks?

/just curious; unless it's available to all citizens, I'm sure I make too much to qualify
 
2022-05-24 1:09:42 PM  
Yes I grew up with this in our house.

/it does make good grilled cheese.

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2022-05-24 1:42:21 PM  

Geotpf: I thought this program was over and done with.  How does one go about getting "government cheese" as an individual?  Do you have to be on food stamps (called Cal Fresh in California)?  Does it go to food banks?

/just curious; unless it's available to all citizens, I'm sure I make too much to qualify


As an individual?  Go to a food bank, ask for cheese.  There's a 10-30% chance it'll be USDA-donated.  You could also sign up for a food box program like CSFP, those often have shredded or sliced USDA cheese.
 
2022-05-24 1:52:27 PM  
Government Cheese
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2022-05-24 2:07:56 PM  
I do t remember how we got ours. I think my aunt who was doing foster care may have gotten extra, or my great-grandmother who was on food stamps. But we got those use jars or peanut butter as well, and honey that was crystallized.
 
2022-05-24 2:23:43 PM  

Geotpf: skyotter: Sub Human: What types of cheese? I love cheese, but not just one type.

I'd get bored of cheddar.

Literally my job.  Here's what available in FY23 for NSLP:
[Fark user image 394x473]

These are processing diversions, that states can send to (for example) Schwan Foods, then schools can pick what kind of pizza or whatever.
[Fark user image 389x160]

And here's the household cheese, the actual "government cheese" that everyone talks about.  Stuff you might get from a food bank, or get served in a shelter.
[Fark user image 381x102]
(There are often Bonus offerings of additional cheeses throughout the year.  We've gotten a bunch of pepperjack during COVID for whatever reason.)

I thought this program was over and done with.  How does one go about getting "government cheese" as an individual?  Do you have to be on food stamps (called Cal Fresh in California)?  Does it go to food banks?

/just curious; unless it's available to all citizens, I'm sure I make too much to qualify


Extra melt is the correct answer. And if you've ever been to a Mexican restaurant that serves white cheese dip, that's most likely what it's made of. We got ours from PFG. I'm sure Sam's or Costco probably sells it.
 
2022-05-24 3:37:11 PM  
Brings back memories, that. Not necessarily good ones, but, yeah - lived on a lot of that through the '70s, as a young kid of a single working mom.
 
2022-05-24 9:58:32 PM  

cretinbob: Sub Human: What types of cheese? I love cheese, but not just one type.

I'd get bored of cheddar.

Velveeta
Really


Reminds me of Borden cheese, but in a solid block.
 
2022-05-24 10:11:01 PM  
I was looking for Gorgonzola or maybe Emmenthal, but I am effete.
 
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