Government Cheese is free cheese of suspicious quality produced for those on the dole.
It is usually rated grade 'B' or 'C' by the USDA and therefore unfit to sell at market. It is made from milk that is near to being out-of-date and the result is a very hard, funky cheese of totally unnatural color.
- D'ya hear about Frank?
- No, what?
- He got mugged waiting in line for government cheese last Friday!