With college loan debt, three months till graduation, and less than encouraging job prospects, NYU journalism school student Ryan McLendon decided to sign up for food stamps. According to CityRoom, McLendon waited more than seven hours over two days to see a food stamps counselor in Williamsburg, along with young families and other struggling New Yorkers. Since 2002 the number of NYC residents on food stamps has grown by more than 74%. In the end, when McLendon finally met with a food stamps counselor, the computers were down.