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Title: SNAP - Food stamp use hit record 40.8m in May----We are in Recovery?
Post by: bigron on November 17, 2009, 09:38:54 am
A record 49 million Americans faced hunger in 2008

By Barry Grey

http://uruknet.com/index.php?p=m60160&hd=&size=1&l=e

WSWS, 17 November 2009

A yearly survey on hunger released Monday by the United States Department of Agriculture reported that a record 49.1 million Americans in 17 million households lacked dependable access to adequate food in 2008.

The government reported a sharp rise both in what it calls "food insecurity" and "very low food security," i.e., outright hunger, noting that the rates recorded last year in both categories were the highest since the Agriculture Department began its annual surveys in 1995.

Those suffering food insecurity in 2008 made up 16.4 percent of the US population. Of these, 12.1 million adults and 5.2 million children lived in households with very low food security.

The report’s chief author, Mark Nord, pointed out that most families with a scarcity of food contain at least one adult with a full-time job. This is a reflection of the assault on both jobs and wages carried out by the American corporate elite in response to the financial crisis. Since the beginning of the financial crisis in the summer of 2007, big business has sought to place the burden of the financial breakdown on the working class, a process that has accelerated under the Obama administration.

Corporations, taking their lead from the Obama administration’s assault on auto workers at General Motors and Chrysler, have been systematically shedding jobs and slashing wages, benefits and work hours, utilizing the crisis precipitated by Wall Street to effect a permanent reduction in working class living standards and an intensification of the rate of exploitation of labor.

The result is a social catastrophe with no parallel since the Great Depression.

The Agriculture Department report pointed out that just half of the households in which food is scarce have incomes at or below the official poverty level, while most of the rest survive on something less than twice that level.

This only demonstrates the fraudulent nature of the official poverty level, which excludes tens of millions who live in poverty. The real poverty level in the US is likely double the official estimate for 2008 of 13.2 percent, itself an increase from 12.5 percent in 2007. According to the US Census Bureau, there were 39.8 million people in the US in poverty in 2008, up from 37.3 million the previous year. The real figure is likely in the range of 70 million to 80 million, at least a quarter of the population.

The US Census Bureau announced last September that real median household income in the United States fell 3.6 percent between 2007 and 2008. That trend has undoubtedly accelerated this year.

The official jobless rate in December of 2008 was 7.2 percent. The rate for October of this year was 10.2 percent. This means the hunger epidemic reported on Monday significantly underestimates the current situation.

President Obama on Monday issued a perfunctory statement in response to the Agriculture Department report. Released from Beijing, where Obama is meeting with Chinese leaders, the statement called the report "unsettling." It referred to "many communities across our nation where food stamp applications are surging and food pantry shelves are emptying."

Obama focused his concern to the impact of growing hunger on children, noting that "there were more than 500,000 families in which a child experienced hunger multiple times over the course of the year." He said nothing about adults who are suffering from inadequate nutrition.

In fact, the Agriculture Department report stated that nearly 17 million children—more than one in five across the US—were living in households where food ran short, up from slightly more than 12 million the year before. The report also noted than the number of children who experienced outright hunger rose from about 700,000 to nearly 1.1 million.

Obama placed the greatest emphasis not on the human tragedy of such levels of hunger, but rather on its implications for "our future competitiveness as a nation," i.e., the global competitive position of American capitalism.

He made a pro forma reference to restoring "job growth," and touted his administration’s sponsorship of a measure signed into law last month that "invests $85 million in new strategies to prevent children from experiencing hunger in the summer." This paltry allocation goes toward maintaining school lunch programs during the summer vacation.

It is a drop in the bucket compared to the trillions of dollars—estimated by one government agency at up to $23.7 trillion—which the government has made available to bail out the banks. And it pales in comparison to the tens of billions of dollars in bonuses that will be handed out to bank executives next month.

Obama concluded his brief remarks by reiterating that providing children with the "healthy meals they need to grow and succeed" is necessary to "keep America competitive in the decades to come."

The Agriculture Department reported that among people of all ages, nearly 15 percent (17 million households) last year did not consistently have adequate food, compared with 11 percent in 2007. This is the greatest decline in access to food during a single year in the history of the annual survey.

Of this 15 percent, 5.7 percent (6.7 million households) experienced "very low food security"—meaning food intake of one or more family members was reduced and their eating patterns were disrupted at times during the year because the household lacked money. The figure for this category was up from 4.1 percent in 2007.

The report also noted that food insecurity had increased from 1999 to 2007, that is, during the bumper years on Wall Street before rampant speculation and fraud precipitated the near-meltdown of the US and world financial system.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack in a briefing to reporters said, "It’s no secret. Poverty, unemployment, these are all factors." He acknowledged that "there could be additional increases" in the figures for 2009, due out a year from now.

The report indicated the inadequacy of existing government food programs. Just more than half of those surveyed who reported they had experienced food shortages said they had, in the previous month, participated in one of the government’s largest anti-hunger programs and nutrition programs—food stamps, subsidized school lunches, or WIC, the nutrition program for women with babies or young children.

In 2008, people in 4.8 million households used private food pantries, up from 3.9 million in 2007, an increase of 23 percent. Some 625,000 households resorted to soup kitchens, nearly 90,000 more than the previous year.

Food shortages are particularly common among women raising children alone. Last year, more than one in three single mothers reported struggling to provide food and more than one in seven said someone in their home had gone hungry. The report also found that African-Americans and Hispanics were more than twice as likely to report that food in their home was inadequate.

On average, households reporting food scarcity had the problem seven months out of the year, while about one-fourth said the problem occurred almost every month. Among the questions asked in the survey were whether, in the past year, food sometimes ran out before they had money to buy more, whether they could not afford to eat nutritionally balanced meals, and whether adults in their family at times reduced the size of their meals, or skipped them, because of a lack of money.

Regionally, food insecurity was most prevalent in the South. Rates increased significantly in 13 states, with the largest increases in Nevada and West Virginia.

Monday’s report underscores the refusal of the Obama administration to take any serious measures to deal with the jobs crisis and the growth of poverty. As the report was released, Obama was reassuring the Chinese government, which holds some $800 billion in US Treasury notes, that his administration would protect Beijing’s dollar assets and make good on its pledge to slash health care costs and impose major cuts in social programs such as Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security.

Growing hunger is one of the costs being borne by the American people for the single-minded determination of the Obama administration, Congress and both big business parties to empty the public treasury and slash working class living standards in order to protect the wealth of the American financial aristocracy.





 
Title: SNAP - Food stamp use hit record 40.8m in May----We are in Recovery?
Post by: bigron on January 08, 2010, 04:57:05 am
Six million in the US with no income but food stamps

by Jerry White

http://uruknet.com/index.php?p=m61907&hd=&size=1&l=e

WSWS, January 7, 2010

Some six million Americans—one in 50 people in the US—are living on no income other than $100 or $200 a month in food stamps, according to an analysis of state data by the New York Times. The number of people who reported that they are unemployed and receive no cash aid—neither welfare, nor unemployment insurance, pension benefits, child support or disability pay—the newspaper reported, has jumped by 50 percent over the last two years, as the recession has taken hold.

According to the January 3 article, the number of people reporting no income tripled in Nevada over the past two years, doubled in Florida and New York, and increased nearly 90 percent in Minnesota and Utah. In Wayne County, Michigan—which includes Detroit, where half the population is unemployed or underemployed—one out of every 25 residents reports an income of only food stamps. In Yakima County, Washington, the figure is one out of every 17.

The figures reveal the vast scale of human suffering in the US as the new decade begins and puts the lie to talk of an economic "recovery." The 6 million people in households reporting no income—which includes 1.2 million children—is equivalent to the entire population of Indiana or Massachusetts, or the combined populations of Los Angeles, Philadelphia and Boston.

Such a social catastrophe underscores the indifference of the Obama administration, which has done virtually nothing to provide relief to those who have lost their jobs, homes and livelihoods—even as it spares no expense to shore up the fortunes of the financial elite and fund its ongoing wars.

The number of people without an income has been on the rise since 1996, when Democratic President Bill Clinton and the Republican Congress ended welfare as a universal entitlement, a status the federal relief program had enjoyed since its inception in the 1930s. Pledging to "end the cycle of dependency," the Democrats and Republicans imposed lifetime limits on benefits, drastically reduced the level of cash assistance, and imposed restrictive "workfare" and other requirements on further aid.

Despite the increased need for relief, Obama has opposed any additional funding for what remains of the welfare program, called Temporary Assistance for Needy Families. Since their peak in the 1990s, welfare rolls are down nearly 75 percent, the Times reported.

"Many of those who would have received cash assistance in past recessions are not getting it now," Judy Putnam, a spokesperson for the Michigan League for Human Services, told the World Socialist Web Site. "Only a third of the state’s children living in poverty are getting cash assistance compared with two-thirds before 'welfare reform’ in 1996. People in Michigan are heavily dependent on food stamps."

With jobless benefits covering only half of the unemployed, food stamps—which provide an average of $1 per meal per person, or around $100 per person each month for individuals or families earning up to 130 percent of the official poverty level—have become the safety net of last resort. A record 36 million people—one in eight people and one in four children—now rely on the food stamp program. The joint federal-state Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is expanding by 20,000 people per day, but is still estimated to serve only two-thirds of those who qualify.

An earlier Times study showed there are more than 200 US counties where food stamp usage shot up by at least two-thirds, including Riverside County, California, most of greater Phoenix and Las Vegas, a ring of Atlanta suburbs, and a 150-mile stretch of southwest Florida from Bradenton to the Everglades. The study found there are over 800 counties where food stamps feed one third of all children.

Late last year, researchers at Washington University in St. Louis released a study showing that 50 percent of all children and 90 percent of African American children will receive food stamps at some point before their 20th birthday. "Rather than being a time of security and safety," said Mark Rank, Ph.D., one of the authors of the report, "the childhood years for many American children are a time of economic turmoil, risk, and hardship."

The January 3 Times report focused on Florida, where the number of people with no income beyond food stamps has doubled in two years and more than tripled along the southwest coast, where a housing boom turned into a bust of foreclosed and abandoned homes. According to state data, those without income were split evenly between families with children and individuals. Those affected were also racially mixed—about 42 percent white, 32 percent black, and 22 percent Latino—with whites making up the fastest growing segment during the recession.

This plunge into destitution has affected wide layers of the population. The Times article cites a middle-aged mother of two, Isabel Bermudez, who moved from a Bronx housing project to sell real estate in Florida. Once enjoying a six-figure income, a house with a pool and investment property, she lost her job and home and ran out of unemployment benefits. Ms. Bermudez’s sole income is now $320 a month in food stamps. "I went from making $180,000 to relying on food stamps," she told the newspaper, adding that without the program she wouldn’t be able to feed her children.

The increasing reliance on meager food stamp allowances exposes the absence of anything that can properly be called a social safety net in the US. The situation will only get worse, as both the Democrats and Republicans prepare to slash what remains of publicly funded programs in order to pay for the multitrillion-dollar Wall Street bailout and expansion of US military action around the world.

The theme of Obama’s State of the Union address—expected early next month—will be long-term deficit reduction and a further demand that the American people reduce their consumption. The White House is backing a bipartisan commission to recommend major cuts in basic social programs along with regressive taxes on consumption, and Obama’s budget director, Peter Orszag, has said the administration will take measures to reduce the deficit in its next budget due out in February. Such actions will throw millions more into poverty.

The social crisis facing working people—depression levels of unemployment, home foreclosures, the growth of hunger, poverty and homelessness—is the most graphic expression of the failure of capitalism, an economic system that benefits the wealthy few at the expense of the vast majority.

In the midst of this worsening situation for the working population, it was reported last week that the top three banks—Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase and Morgan Stanley—which received tens of billions in public funds under the Troubled Asset Relief Program—will hand out $49.5 billion in end-of-year cash bonuses and stock awards. All told, US banks will dispense an estimated $200 billion in total compensation.

The Obama administration is continuing and accelerating the transfer of wealth from working people to those who are responsible for precipitating the worst economic breakdown since the Great Depression.

Nearly a year after his inauguration, President Obama has demonstrated he is nothing but a tool of the financial oligarchy. The very future of the working class depends on the development of a mass socialist movement against this administration, both big business parties, and the profit system which they defend.


 
Title: SNAP - Food stamp use hit record 40.8m in May----We are in Recovery?
Post by: John_Back_From_The_Club_O on February 16, 2010, 11:01:58 pm
It turns out the woman was at a JP Morgan Chase call center in India.

"That really put me over the edge," said Brown, 52, of Jupiter, Fla. "It's not right because we need the work here. People are in a bad way here."

http://abcnews.go.com/Business/Economy/story?id=7452561

I wonder if the 'Bushes' are having a hard go at it in their "Jupiter Island" winter retreat?
Title: Re: Need Food Stamps? JP Morgan / CHASE Calls India 4 YOU.
Post by: Monkeypox on February 16, 2010, 11:37:40 pm
Only in Amerika would they outsource that function.

God forbid we would give an Amerikan a job.

It's getting so ridiculous, I want to scream.
Title: Re: Need Food Stamps? JP Morgan / CHASE Calls India 4 YOU.
Post by: Valerius on February 17, 2010, 12:24:36 am
And as I posted in another thread they now want to track how they use their own money. Which would probably result in more jobs outsourced overseas for tracking Americans.
Title: SNAP - Food stamp use hit record 40.8m in May----We are in Recovery?
Post by: larsonstdoc on August 05, 2010, 09:10:20 am
http://www.boston.com/news/nation/washington/articles/2010/08/05/food_stamp_use_hit_record_408m_in_may/

WASHINGTON — The number of Americans who are receiving food stamps rose to a record 40.8 million in May as the jobless rate hovered near a 27-year high, the government reported yesterday.



Recipients of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program subsidies for food purchases jumped 19 percent from a year earlier and increased 0.9 percent from April, the US Department of Agriculture said in a statement on its website.

Participation has set records for 18 straight months.
Title: Re: Food stamp use hit record 40.8m in May----We are in Recovery?
Post by: Femacamper on August 05, 2010, 09:12:16 am
That's Obamunism for you, my friend.
Title: Re: Food stamp use hit record 40.8m in May----We are in Recovery?
Post by: larsonstdoc on August 05, 2010, 09:19:20 am
That's Obamunism for you, my friend.

  I like that term--Obamunism.  Did you make that up Femacamper?

  How about this one--Soetoromunism.
Title: Re: Food stamp use hit record 40.8m in May----We are in Recovery?
Post by: shy69iskrazy on August 05, 2010, 10:53:28 am
The evil, corrupt senate just cut food stamp spending so the numbers will b lower in the immediate future.  Expect more crime from the poor without food.  I feel bad for all of the children :(

http://food.change.org/blog/view/senate_cuts_food_stamp_funds_leaves_oil_and_gas_subsidies_intact
Title: Re: Food stamp use hit record 40.8m in May----We are in Recovery?
Post by: Valerius on August 05, 2010, 11:07:33 am
As I remind my right leaning friends still stuck in the mode nearly every day, food stamp spending is about $50 billion, a drop in the bucket in the government looting for cronies. The budget pie charts are misleading, I think. As a libertarian, I too, would not have many of the welfare programs that exist, but to go ape over the trickle going to my fellow Americans while virtually ignoring the looting orders of magnitude over and above that is absurd.

I think it is the result of propaganda which once again has us at each other's throats instead of the people who are really benefiting from the welfare state-- and that ain't a woman with 3 kids getting an extra couple boxes of rice krispies and maybe some ding dongs.

IMO.
Title: Re: Food stamp use hit record 40.8m in May----We are in Recovery?
Post by: NYBasher23 on August 05, 2010, 11:21:30 am
Yes, I agree: "they" demonized the welfare/food stamp receipiants, yet the real thieves: Geinther, et. al., are untouchable.
Title: Re: Food stamp use hit record 40.8m in May----We are in Recovery?
Post by: Protean on August 05, 2010, 12:38:16 pm
(http://stuffunemployedpeoplelike.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/04/standing-in-line-for-free-food-bread-line.jpg)
(http://library.thinkquest.org/03oct/01794/pictures2/gd49.gif)
(http://ephemeralnewyork.files.wordpress.com/2009/09/bowery-bread-line.jpg)
Title: Re: Food stamp use hit record 40.8m in May----We are in Recovery?
Post by: freedom_commonsense on August 05, 2010, 02:22:46 pm
(http://i36.tinypic.com/167w5cj.jpg)

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Any difference?
Title: Re: Food stamp use hit record 40.8m in May----We are in Recovery?
Post by: Geolibertarian on August 05, 2010, 02:54:51 pm
Yes, I agree: "they" demonized the welfare/food stamp receipiants, yet the real thieves: Geinther, et. al., are untouchable.

"When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why they are poor, they call me a Communist."

-- Dom Hélder Câmara
Title: Re: Food stamp use hit record 40.8m in May----We are in Recovery?
Post by: Monkeypox on August 05, 2010, 03:00:26 pm
People don't have a problem with $2 billion for a single B-2 bomber, but when it comes to money for the poor or the sick or the unemployed, they bitch.
Title: Re: Food stamp use hit record 40.8m in May----We are in Recovery?
Post by: TahoeBlue on August 05, 2010, 03:16:51 pm
for reference:

http://www.dss.cahwnet.gov/foodstamps/PG841.htm

Eligibility and Issuance Requirements

Income

Food stamp households, except those containing an aged or disabled member or where all members receive cash assistance, are subject to gross and net income determination tests. Gross Income – all non-excludable income from any source including all earned income and all unearned income.

The maximum gross allowed is 130% of the Federal poverty level (FPL) or 165% of the FPL if the household has an elderly or disabled person who qualifies to be a separate household.

If the household passes the gross income test, then the net income test is computed. Net income is computed by deducting the following, if applicable, from gross income. The resultant amount cannot exceed 100% of the FPL.

Earned income has an allowable deduction of 20% (i.e., 80% of the gross earned income counts in the calculation of benefit levels). Examples of earned income include wages and salaries, striker's benefits, etc.
Standard Deduction – A deduction allowed per household per month. $134 for households of 1 – 3 persons, $143 for 4 persons, $167 for 5 persons, and $191 for 6 or more persons (effective 10/1/07).

Excess Shelter – A monthly shelter cost in excess of 50% of the household's income after all above deductions are considered. The excess shelter deduction must not exceed the current maximum of $431 (effective 10/1/07).

Homeless Household Shelter – Available to homeless persons who are not receiving free shelter for the entire month. If the homeless shelter allowance is used, separate utility costs are not allowed because the homeless shelter allowance includes a utility component. The current allowance is $143.

Standard Utility Allowance (SUA) – Allowed for a household that incurs utility costs, which are separate and apart from the household's rent/mortgage payment. The current allowance is $274 (effective 10/1/07).

Limited Utility Allowance (LUA) – Allowed for a household that incurs expenses for at least two separate utilities other than heating and cooling are eligible for a LUA.. The LUA allowance is $79 (effective 10/1/07).

Telephone Utility Allowance (TUA) - A household that is not eligible for the SUA or LUA but incurs a telephone expense or in its absence an equivalent form of communication, is eligible to receive a telephone deduction. The TUA allowance is unchanged and remains $20 (effective 11/01/06).

Dependent Care – The actual cost, not exceeding the maximum dependent care deduction, for care of a child or other dependent. Up to $200 per month for the cost of dependent care for a child, under 2 years of age and up to $175 per month for each other dependent can be deducted.

Medical Deduction – The portion of medical expenses, excluding special diets, in excess of the allowable amount of $35 per household per month (incurred by any household member who is elderly or disabled).
Exempt Income

In-Kind Benefits – Any gain or benefit that is not in the form of money (i.e., meals, clothing, housing provided by the employer, etc.)

Vendor Payments – Money paid to a third party for a household expense by a person or organization outside of the household.

Deferred Educational Loans
Grants and Scholarships
Cash donations from a charitable organization of not more than $300 in a calendar quarter
Income received too infrequently/irregularly to be reasonably anticipated but not more than $30 in a quarter.

http://www.coverageforall.org/pdf/FHCE_FedPovertyLevel.pdf
2010 Federal Poverty Level

According to the Federal Government, the 2009 Federal Poverty Level will used for 2011 until poverty guidelines are updated. The benefit levels of many low-income assistance programs are based on these poverty guidelines.

Find your family size and monthly or yearly income below to determine your FPL percentage category. Note: Pregnant women count as two people for the purpose of this chart.

% Gross Yearly Income
family size        133%
1                   $14,404
8                   $49,223


http://161.203.16.70/products/GAO-10-956T
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program: Payment Errors and Trafficking Have Declined, but Challenges Remain
GAO-10-956T July 28, 2010

...the amount of SNAP benefits paid in error is substantial, totaling about $2.2 billion in 2009 and necessitating continued top-level attention and commitment to determining the causes of improper payments and taking corrective actions to reduce them.
Title: Re: Food stamp use hit record 40.8m in May----We are in Recovery?
Post by: Geolibertarian on August 05, 2010, 03:18:47 pm
People don't have a problem with $2 billion for a single B-2 bomber, but when it comes to money for the poor or the sick or the unemployed, they bitch.

However politically incorrect it may be to say this, the blatant class bias of which you and others speak is mostly if not entirely the product of elite-funded, right-wing propaganda campaigns -- particularly those conducted via the Austrian School (http://forum.prisonplanet.com/index.php?topic=165679.msg985548#msg985548) and Chicago School (http://forum.prisonplanet.com/index.php?topic=160459.msg1025433#msg1025433).

As Henry George put it in Protection or Free Trade (pp. 294-6):

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"In a society where unjust division of wealth (http://sociology.ucsc.edu/whorulesamerica/power/wealth.html) gives the fruits of labor to those who do not labor (http://forum.prisonplanet.com/index.php?topic=160459.0), the classes who control the organs of public education and opinion—the classes to whom the many are accustomed to look for light and leading, must be loath to challenge the primary wrong, whatever it may be. This is inevitable, from the fact that the class of wealth and leisure, and consequently of culture and influence, must be, not the class which loses by the unjust distribution of wealth, but the class which (at least relatively) gains by it.

"Wealth means power and ‘responsibility,’ while poverty means weakness and disrepute. So in such a society the class that leads and is looked up to, while it may be willing to tolerate vague generalities and impracticable proposals, must frown on any attempt to trace social evils to their real cause, since that is the cause that gives their class superiority. On the other hand, the class that suffers by these evils is, on that account, the ignorant and uninfluential class, the class that, from its own consciousness of inferiority, is prone to accept the teachings and imbibe the prejudices of the one above it; while the men of superior ability that arise within it and elbow their way to the front are constantly received into the ranks of the superior class and interested in its service, for this is the class that has rewards to give. Thus it is that social injustice so long endures and is so difficult to make head against.

"Thus it was that in our Southern States while slavery prevailed, the influence, not only of the slaveholders themselves, but of churches and colleges, the professions and the press, condemned so effectually any questioning of slavery, that men who never owned and never expected to own a slave were ready to persecute and ostracize any one who breathed a word against property in flesh and blood—ready, even, when the time came, to go themselves and be shot in defense of the ‘peculiar institution.’

"Thus it was that even slaves believed abolitionists the worst of humankind, and were ready to join in the sport of tarring and feathering one."

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Title: Re: Food stamp use hit record 40.8m in May----We are in Recovery?
Post by: freedom_commonsense on August 05, 2010, 03:26:02 pm
I've had so much abuse from the "right-wing" (technically more like fascist, given their other ideas) for claiming $65 a week during periods of unemployment that it would take pages to catalogue all of the "discussion" around it. These same people supported the banking bailouts and have no problem with obscenely high property costs, or protectionist China\east Asia dumping cheap goods on us to drive more jobs\industry away.
Title: Re: Food stamp use hit record 40.8m in May----We are in Recovery?
Post by: TahoeBlue on August 05, 2010, 03:37:05 pm
Makes me wish I had the 200 G's the government took from me for "Social Security"
Title: Re: Food stamp use hit record 40.8m in May----We are in Recovery?
Post by: freedom_commonsense on August 05, 2010, 03:43:39 pm
Makes me wish I had the 200 G's the government took from me for "Social Security"

Me too. Well, it wasn't 200k but you get the point. I got a letter today from my university saying they're paying me 384 bucks as sponsorship for 2011.  :D  :'(
Title: Re: Food stamp use hit record 40.8m in May----We are in Recovery?
Post by: Nailer on August 05, 2010, 04:28:45 pm
http://www.boston.com/news/nation/washington/articles/2010/08/05/food_stamp_use_hit_record_408m_in_may/

WASHINGTON — The number of Americans who are receiving food stamps rose to a record 40.8 million in May as the jobless rate hovered near a 27-year high, the government reported yesterday.



Recipients of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program subsidies for food purchases jumped 19 percent from a year earlier and increased 0.9 percent from April, the US Department of Agriculture said in a statement on its website.

Participation has set records for 18 straight months.

Yesterday  the stats showed 41,389,645 people on food stamps.. 

http://www.usdebtclock.org/
Title: Re: Food stamp use hit record 40.8m in May----We are in Recovery?
Post by: Femacamper on August 27, 2010, 10:26:17 pm
  I like that term--Obamunism.  Did you make that up Femacamper?

  How about this one--Soetoromunism.

Nope, it's been around since Obama took office.
Title: Re: Food stamp use hit record 40.8m in May----We are in Recovery?
Post by: America2 on August 27, 2010, 10:52:03 pm
http://www.boston.com/news/nation/washington/articles/2010/08/05/food_stamp_use_hit_record_408m_in_may/

WASHINGTON — The number of Americans who are receiving food stamps rose to a record 40.8 million in May as the jobless rate hovered near a 27-year high, the government reported yesterday.



Recipients of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program subsidies for food purchases jumped 19 percent from a year earlier and increased 0.9 percent from April, the US Department of Agriculture said in a statement on its website.

Participation has set records for 18 straight months.

Well, at least noone is starving to this present day. I guess there's "hope" after all. /Sarcasm
Title: 46 million people in the United States on food stamps
Post by: Ambriel on August 23, 2011, 11:54:18 pm
http://news.yahoo.com/usa-becomes-food-stamp-nation-sustainable-160645036.html

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Genna Saucedo supervises cashiers at a Wal-Mart in Pico Rivera, California, but her wages aren't enough to feed herself and her 12-year-old son.

Saucedo, who earns $9.70 an hour for about 26 hours a week and lives with her mother, is one of the many Americans who survive because of government handouts in what has rapidly become a food stamp nation.

Altogether, there are now almost 46 million people in the United States on food stamps, roughly 15 percent of the population. That's an increase of 74 percent since 2007, just before the financial crisis and a deep recession led to mass job losses.

At the same time, the cost doubled to reach $68 billion in 2010 -- more than a third of the amount the U.S. government received in corporate income tax last year -- which means the program has started to attract the attention of some Republican lawmakers looking for ways to cut the nation's budget deficit.

While there are clearly some cases of abuse by people who claim food stamps but don't really need them, for many Americans like Saucedo there is little current alternative if they are to put food on the table while paying rent and utility bills.
Title: Re: USA becomes Food Stamp Nation...
Post by: Monkeypox on August 24, 2011, 12:30:56 am
She's a SUPERVISOR - and earns $9.70/hour?

What a joke.
Title: Re: USA becomes Food Stamp Nation...
Post by: Overcast on August 24, 2011, 11:47:14 am
She's a SUPERVISOR - and earns $9.70/hour?

What a joke.

We should all be lucky that Wal-Mart even hires Americans for management jobs now! Thank you Wal-Mart!!

.....

Was that over-the-top sarcasm?

My brother was an assistant manager at Wal-Mart back when Sam Walton ran Wal-Mart - and then.. in the 90's, IIRC? He was making over 11 an hour.

THIS is why I don't go into a Wal-Mart now. They were an 'American store' who 'hired American workers' - now they are the furthest thing from that.
Title: Re: USA becomes Food Stamp Nation...
Post by: TahoeBlue on August 24, 2011, 07:39:46 pm
Think SNAP - S.N.A.P

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Supplemental_Nutrition_Assistance_Program
...
In the late 1990s, the food-stamp program was revamped and actual stamps were phased out in favor of a specialized debit-card system known as Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) provided by private contractors. Many states merged the use of the EBT card for public-assistance welfare programs as well. The successful replacement over time of all paper food stamps by EBT cards enabled the U.S. Congress to rename the Food Stamp Program to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, as of October 2008, and to update all references in federal law from "stamp" or "coupon" to "card" or "EBT". This was effectuated on June 18, 2008, by U.S. House Resolution 6124, The Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008, enacted as Public Law over U.S. President George W. Bush's veto.[2][3]
 
The number of Americans receiving food stamps reached 45 million in May 2011, the highest number since the SNAP program began in 1939 and the 37th straight monthly increase.[4] In Washington, D.C., and Mississippi, more than one-fifth of residents receive food stamps.[5]

As of June 2009, the average monthly benefit was $133.12 per person.[6]

As of late November 2009, one in eight Americans and one in four children  are using food stamps and the program rate is growing at 20,000 people a day.[8] Recipients must have at most near-poverty incomes to qualify for benefits.[9]
...
Participants
 
According to the United States Department of Agriculture (based on a study of data gathered in Fiscal Year 2006), statistics for the food stamp program are as follows:[15]

49% of all participants are children (17 or younger), and 61% of them live in single-parent households.

 52% of food stamp households include children.
 9% of all participants are elderly (age 60 or over).

76% of all benefits go to households with children, 16% go to households with disabled persons, and 9% go to households with elderly persons.
33% of households with children were headed by a single parent, the overwhelming majority of whom were women.
 The average household size is 2.3 persons.
 The average gross monthly income per food stamp household is $673.

 43% of participants are white; 33% are African-American, non-Hispanic; 19% are Hispanic; 2% are Asian, 2% are Native American, and 1% are of unknown race or ethnicity.[15]

 From the above data 8% of the white population of the United States of America are participants, 39% of African-American non-Hispanics are participants, 15% of the Hispanic population are participants, 9% of the Asian population are participants and 31% of the Native American population are participants.
Title: Re: USA becomes Food Stamp Nation...
Post by: TahoeBlue on August 25, 2011, 09:47:46 am
http://abcnews.go.com/US/hunger-home-american-children-malnourished/story?id=14367230

...
Feeding America's study, funded by ConAgra Foods, is based on 2009 statistics compiled by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which runs 15 food aid programs, including the nationwide free and subsidized school lunch program and WIC, a supplemental food program that provides tailored food supplements to pregnant women and families with children under age 5 whose household income is less than 185 percent of the gross federal poverty limit. That's an annual gross income of $41,348 for a family of four.

http://www.fns.usda.gov/wic/howtoapply/incomeguidelines.htm

In fact, a shocking 49 percent of all babies born in the U.S. are born to families receiving food supplements from the WIC program, according to Jean Daniel, spokesperson for the USDA.
 ...
According to the Feeding America study, of the 17 million children living in food-insecure households nationwide, almost 4 million live in households earning more than the official poverty limit and are therefore not eligible for federal food aid programs.
...
Title: Re: USA becomes Food Stamp Nation...
Post by: chris jones on August 25, 2011, 10:14:11 am
 When the perverbial shiiite hits the fan, guess what , the Gov will act the part of the savior parcelling food and basics to the people, glorified soup lines.  All they will demand is strict controll, loyalty, Obama to the rescue.
 lets not leave our FEMA camps, those vacation paradises dotted about our nation.
Title: Re: USA becomes Food Stamp Nation...
Post by: TahoeBlue on August 25, 2011, 10:26:28 am
There seems to be a total disconnect between the real economy and the percieved one.
Look at those stat's, They've have succeeded in breaking down half the families in America.  Where's Dad?
This is success ?
Title: Re: USA becomes Food Stamp Nation...
Post by: TahoeBlue on September 13, 2011, 11:39:39 am
Record Number Americans, Or 46.3 Million, Lived In Poverty Last Year; 49.9 Million Without Health Insurance
13 September 2011
, by Tyler Durden (Zero Hedge)
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/record-number-americans-or-463-million-lived-poverty-last-year-499-million-without-health-insur


Child poverty in US-American Dream-09-12-2011 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BOG6FaaU3a4
Title: Re: USA becomes Food Stamp Nation...
Post by: Dig on September 13, 2011, 08:52:34 pm
FOOD STAMPS PROFITS : how JP Morgan gets rich with increased poverty
Max Keiser talks to Stacy Herbert about how JP Morgan Chase makes more money when more people are forced to use food stamps swipe cards recorded on January 9th 2010
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eYRG9f5F4gw
Title: Re: Food stamp use hit record 40.8m in May----We are in Recovery?
Post by: TahoeBlue on August 19, 2012, 06:35:53 pm
Bump for 2012 - Two years later and Snap is 46.5 million now and JPM that processes the food stamps

http://seekingalpha.com/article/406901-food-stamp-usage-continues-to-set-records
Food Stamp Usage Continues To Set Records
March 2, 2012  

The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently released the latest monthly data on "food stamp" usage. Yet again, the number of people taking part in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) set a new record. Through December 2011 (the most recent data), 46,514,238 people were participating in the program. This means that 14.86% of the U.S. population is now on food stamps (total U.S. population according to the U.S. population clock on census.gov).
...

(http://static.seekingalpha.com/uploads/2012/3/1/1055453-13306439867306988-The-Financial-Lexicon_origin.png)

...
In terms of specific public companies affected by the rising number of food stamp participants, JP Morgan (JPM), Safeway (SWY), and Kroger (KR) are three that immediately come to mind. JP Morgan is a major provider of the debit cards (called EBT cards) used by SNAP participants. The more people on food stamps, the more money JP Morgan makes from its relationship with SNAP. In terms of Safeway and Kroger, two grocers, each with a large presence in the United States, when the government is handing out more than $70 billion through SNAP (as it did in fiscal year 2011), it means more money coming their way than would likely otherwise be the case. As SNAP participation continues to grow, this should continue to be the case.
Title: Re: Food stamp use hit record 40.8m in May----We are in Recovery?
Post by: Monkeypox on August 19, 2012, 07:34:46 pm
Remember, Ovomit thinks this is a "good"  thing.
Title: Re: Food stamp use hit record 40.8m in May----We are in Recovery?
Post by: larsonstdoc on August 19, 2012, 07:50:50 pm
(http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-VgYJLVUlK9M/Tc69zJUWamI/AAAAAAAACBQ/Oq9Jfm2D-uc/s1600/gingrich-obama-food-stamp-president-obama-depression-failure-political-poster-1305392717.jpg)
Title: Re: Food stamp use hit record 40.8m in May----We are in Recovery?
Post by: larsonstdoc on August 19, 2012, 07:54:43 pm
(http://thepeoplescube.com/red/gallery/superkommissar-maksim-a38/obamacard-ad-tpc-i2946.jpg)



(http://thepeoplescube.com/red/gallery/supercommissar-maksim-a34/obamacard-poster-tpc-i2947.jpg)


  Things aren't good under Obamunism.  Unfortunately they won't be much better under Romney.
Title: Re: Food stamp use hit record 40.8m in May----We are in Recovery?
Post by: Geolibertarian on August 19, 2012, 08:05:40 pm
Remember, Ovomit thinks this is a "good"  thing.

Of course he does, because he knows that such is the class bias (http://forum.prisonplanet.com/index.php?topic=196128.0) of Republican reactionaries, they won't be able to resist making him look like a "moderate" by ignoring (or making tortured excuses for) the trillions being wasted on banker bailouts and imperialist wars of aggression while waxing indignant about the comparative crumbs being spent on food stamp outlays.

As Webster Tarpley explained several years ago, it was precisely this process of giving Wall Street puppet Obama "left cover" that gave Obama the public relations edge he needed to win the 2008 election:

     http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SZdHEkm7DoY (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SZdHEkm7DoY)

Yet here the Republicans are doing the same thing all over again!  ::)
Title: Re: Food stamp use hit record 40.8m in May----We are in Recovery?
Post by: Valerius on August 19, 2012, 08:13:29 pm
Still a cost in the billions. But yes its very troublesome that this many Americans are in this shape.
Title: Re: Food stamp use hit record 40.8m in May----We are in Recovery?
Post by: Valerius on August 19, 2012, 08:16:16 pm
...the trillions being wasted on banker bailouts and imperialist wars of aggression while waxing indignant about the comparative crumbs being spent on food stamp outlays.

...

Yeah, that's my problem with it all. But a libertarian should be exactly equal in outrage over both. Maybe more for the former because it so damn much more than the latter, but the seeds of eugenic thinking are very deep.
Title: Re: Food stamp use hit record 40.8m in May----We are in Recovery?
Post by: Geolibertarian on August 19, 2012, 08:45:42 pm
Yeah, that's my problem with it all. But a libertarian should be exactly equal in outrage over both.

Nonsense, and this is why the privatize (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lDMenqKCXdw)-everything Austrian School (http://recoveringaustrians.wordpress.com/top-ten-austrian-economic-lies-and-mistakes/) has given "libertarianism" such a bad name in the minds if countless people who otherwise lean heavily in that direction. Will corporate CEOs go hungry if corporate welfare is dramatically cut? No. Will millions of destitute Americans go hungry if food stamps are dramatically cut? Yes! (It's happened in other countries that have undergone IMF "shock therapy," and it can happen here.) That alone completely negates the ridiculous notion that both expenditures are equally deserving of outrage. They're not even close to being equally deserving in that regard.

The Obama critics who blindly insist otherwise in the name of "liberty" are only giving Obama the left cover he needs to make himself look like a comparative moderate.

But I guess it wasn't enough to learn this lesson the hard way in the 2008 election. They just have to learn it the hard way all over again in 2012.

There's just no helping some people.
Title: Re: Food stamp use hit record 40.8m in May----We are in Recovery?
Post by: larsonstdoc on August 19, 2012, 09:15:35 pm
Still a cost in the billions. But yes its very troublesome that this many Americans are in this shape.

  This is where I agree with Tarpley.  We should fight for every dollar for the people.  It doesn't matter how many billions we spend on food stamps.  Better to give it to the people than to the bankers/military industrial complex.  BY THE WAY, QE3 IS COMING SOON---fiat dollars to the bankers/elite.  THEN THOSE BASTARDS WILL WANT TO CUT FOOD STAMPS.
Title: Re: Food stamp use hit record 40.8m in May----We are in Recovery?
Post by: chris jones on August 19, 2012, 10:08:59 pm
  This is where I agree with Tarpley.  We should fight for every dollar for the people.  It doesn't matter how many billions we spend on food stamps.  Better to give it to the people than to the bankers/military industrial complex.  BY THE WAY, QE3 IS COMING SOON---fiat dollars to the bankers/elite.  THEN THOSE BASTARDS WILL WANT TO CUT FOOD STAMPS.
  Larson, they will seek to slander food stamp recipients as dead beats  sucklings, on the other side is they are saviors.  It won't stop there, the divisions erected during the depression, the dirt poor and those with a tad of substace were at larger ends, and factualy blood flowed, divisions. The elites enjoy the show and the outcome, especially so that they orchestrate the deal. Wars are not profit for the common man , they are for the big dogs.

 Helo FEMA,DHS,NATO, NSA ,Mercs deputized, et. This presidential election makes Barnum and Bailly ringmasters  look lile pissants.  Iys all a gob of shiite and we will feel the colateral effect, the elites will have their show plaing GODS over mankind.
Title: Re: Food stamp use hit record 40.8m in May----We are in Recovery?
Post by: Valerius on August 19, 2012, 10:32:59 pm
Nonsense, and this is why the privatize (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lDMenqKCXdw)-everything Austrian School (http://recoveringaustrians.wordpress.com/top-ten-austrian-economic-lies-and-mistakes/) has given "libertarianism" such a bad name in the minds if countless people who otherwise lean heavily in that direction. Will corporate CEOs go hungry if corporate welfare is dramatically cut? No. Will millions of destitute Americans go hungry if food stamps are dramatically cut? Yes! (It's happened in other countries that have undergone IMF "shock therapy," and it can happen here.) That alone completely negates the ridiculous notion that both expenditures are equally deserving of outrage. They're not even close to being equally deserving in that regard.

The Obama critics who blindly insist otherwise in the name of "liberty" are only giving Obama the left cover he needs to make himself look like a comparative moderate.

But I guess it wasn't enough to learn this lesson the hard way in the 2008 election. They just have to learn it the hard way all over again in 2012.

There's just no helping some people.

Social welfare programs are pressure valves to keep the masses from  serious protest of the system and  both social welfare and corporate welfare exist to accumulate and demonstrate raw power for its own sake.

It would not be the absence of food stamps  that caused people to starve, but the absence of a real infrastructure, a real educated populace, and a real caring , interaction between citizens. The food exists, the resources exist. Scarcity is about the only thing still manufactured.
Title: Re: Food stamp use hit record 40.8m in May----We are in Recovery?
Post by: TahoeBlue on August 19, 2012, 10:52:43 pm
... The food exists, the resources exist. Scarcity is about the only thing still manufactured.

Thank you. This is mass manipulation.
Title: Re: Food stamp use hit record 40.8m in May----We are in Recovery?
Post by: Geolibertarian on August 19, 2012, 11:14:15 pm
The food exists, the resources exist.

Of course they do, but an equitable (as opposed to "equal") distribution of wealth and income (http://www2.ucsc.edu/whorulesamerica/power/wealth.html?print) does not exist (to put it mildly), otherwise tens of millions of Americans would never have become dependent upon food stamps in the first place.

You can't remedy that injustice by eliminating a program designed merely to treat one of the many symptoms of that injustice.

That's where economic right-wingers continually go wrong.

You also can't remedy it by expanding for the hundredth time this or that symptom-treating program.

That's where economic left-wingers continually go wrong.

Hence the following thread:

     http://forum.prisonplanet.com/index.php?topic=161315.0 (http://forum.prisonplanet.com/index.php?topic=161315.0)
Title: Re: Food stamp use hit record 40.8m in May----We are in Recovery?
Post by: TahoeBlue on September 04, 2012, 01:06:16 pm
June Foodstamp Recipients Hit All Time High As Many Americans Enter Poverty
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/june-foodstamp-recipients-hit-all-time-high-three-times-many-americans-enter-poverty-find-jobs
June Foodstamp Recipients Hit All Time High As Three Times As Many Americans Enter Poverty As Find Jobs

Following a brief period in which it seemed that US foodstamp recipients may have peaked, with those living in poverty maxing out at 46.514 million in December 2011, and then declining modestly for the next few months, June saw a new surge in those Americans living in poverty and thus eligible for foodstamps, with 173,600 new entrants into the system, bringing the total to a new all time high of 46.670 million and once again rising fast. Furthermore, with subsequent emergency events affecting the heartland due to the drought, the administration has made sure even more Americans will be eligible going forward. As a result expect the July and August numbers to promptly surpass 47 million on their way to the psychological resistance level of 50 million. Indicatively, the 173,600 increase in Foodstamps recipients in June was three times greater than Americans finding jobs (64,000, most of which part-time) according to the BLS. Finally, a new record was also breached for American households on foodstamps, which now hit 22.4 million, an increase of 106,298 households. The average benefit per household decline once more, this time to $276.5. Not an all time low, but just above it.


(http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user5/imageroot/2012/08-2/Foodstamps%20June.jpg)
Title: Re: Food stamp use hit record 40.8m in May----We are in Recovery?
Post by: Constitutionary on September 04, 2012, 01:10:43 pm
People don't have a problem with $2 billion for a single B-2 bomber, but when it comes to money for the poor or the sick or the unemployed, they bitch.

People Dingy right-wingers don't have a problem with $2 billion for a single B-2 bomber, but when it comes to money for the poor or the sick or the unemployed, they bitch.

Slight correction there for you.
Title: Re: Food stamp use hit record 40.8m in May----We are in Recovery?
Post by: TahoeBlue on November 11, 2012, 12:26:58 pm
US Foodstamps Surge By Most In One Year To New All Time Record Of 47.1 million

Foodstamps Surge By Most In One Year To New All Time Record, In Delayed Release
10 November 2012
, by Tyler Durden (Zero Hedge)
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2012-11-10/foodstamps-surge-most-one-year-new-all-time-record-delayed-release

At 47.1 million, this was not only a new all time record, but the monthly increase of 420,947 from July was the biggest monthly increase in one year.
Title: Re: Food stamp use hit record 40.8m in May----We are in Recovery?
Post by: TahoeBlue on January 05, 2013, 03:27:47 pm
http://cnsnews.com/news/article/federal-food-stamp-program-spent-record-804b-fy-2012
Federal Food Stamp Program Spent Record $80.4B in FY 2012
By Patrick Burke
January 4, 2013

CNSNews.com) -- During fiscal year 2012, the U.S. government spent a record $80.4 billion on food stamps, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), a $2.7 billion increase from FY 2011.  (Fiscal year 2012 ran from Oct. 1, 2011 through Sept. 30, 2012.)
...
The SNAP program is administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), which also runs other food assistance programs under the auspices of the Food and Nutrition Service Agency.
 
In total, nearly $106 billion was spent on food assistance in 2012, with $18.3 billion that went to “Child Nutrition Programs.”
 
Total federal spending on SNAP has increased each year during President Obama’s first term in office. In FY 2009 -- when SNAP was still known as the “Food Stamp” program -- the government spent approximately $55.6 billion.

By FY 2010, SNAP spending increased to nearly $70.5 billion. Between FY 2009 and FY 2012, SNAP’s budget jumped by approximately $24.8 billion.
...
Title: Re: SNAP - Food stamp use hit record 40.8m in May----We are in Recovery?
Post by: Jackson Holly on January 06, 2013, 09:00:05 am


We must have a tax-funded method to help feed the poor ...
no argument there. Years ago (even before "food stamps")
there was the "commodities" program. There were govt
'outlets' set up in every town in the US where ANYONE
could go and just pick up the free food ... the same foods
given to foreign aid, the military, school lunches, etc. One
did not have to QUALIFY ... no RED TAPE ... you just
showed up for the food. My family got 'commodities' like this
for many years. It was all NUTRITIOUS and healthy ... grains,
breads, canned meats, cheese, soups ... you name it. I still
kinda crave the taste of the 'mystery meat', LOL!

This EBT/SNAP crap is bogus as h*ll ... it is banker run (CHASE/MORGAN
and others). There are some limitations on the types of food one
can 'buy' ... but no restrictions on COKE and JUNK FOOD! It is
designed to drain ever more taxpayer dollars into the BANKER's
vaults and WALMART.

Take a few minutes to scan this PDF:  Food Stamps ~ Follow the Money

http://www.eatdrinkpolitics.com/wp-content/uploads/FoodStampsFollowtheMoneySimon.pdf (http://www.eatdrinkpolitics.com/wp-content/uploads/FoodStampsFollowtheMoneySimon.pdf)



Title: Re: SNAP - Food stamp use hit record 40.8m in May----We are in Recovery?
Post by: gprebilsky on January 06, 2013, 09:18:33 am
You'll come to find out these mass shootings are way more expensive too, and I'm not talking bout a Lone Gunman.
Title: Re: SNAP - Food stamp use hit record 40.8m in May----We are in Recovery?
Post by: TahoeBlue on January 06, 2013, 11:33:35 am
I couldn't find the thread on Chase and Snap - So here is an article to fill this out:

http://www.republicreport.org/2012/how-big-corporations-cash-in-on-food-assistance-programs/
June 20, 2012
How JP Morgan Makes Hundreds Of Millions Of Dollars On Food Assistance Programs
Posted at 8:30 am by Suzanne Merkelson

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps) does a lot to help out low-income American families — 46 million Americans participate in the program, half of whom are children. This means there’s lots of money in SNAP — thanks to the weak economy, SNAP expenditures increased from $30 billion in 2007 to $72 billion last year.
 
SNAP is regulated as part of the Farm Bill, and as this year’s bill is being debated in Congress, much attention has been focused on cutting some food assistance for poor Americans.

But whose food assistance won’t be cut? The big corporations that profit off SNAP.
 
As Michele Simon writes in her recent paper “Food Stamps: Follow the Money,” ”While much attention has focused on how farm subsidies fuel our cheap, unhealthy food supply, SNAP represents the largest, most overlooked corporate subsidy in the farm bill.”
 
Simon outlines how three different powerful industries profit from SNAP: food manufacturers like Coca-Cola and Kraft; food retailers like Walmart; and big banks, including J.P. Morgan Chase, which work with states to administer benefits.
 
While SNAP is a federal program, USDA and the states work together to administer the program. States contract with banks, who authorize payments (Electronic Bank Transfers or EBTs) from the Federal Reserve to retailers. J.P. Morgan Chase has contracts in half the states “indicating a lack of competition and significant market power,” according to Simon. How much are these deals worth? In New York, one seven-year deal originally gave the bank $112 million for its services, but was recently amended to add another $14.3 million.
 
How did J.P. Morgan Chase end up with such sweet deals in so many states? Lobbying, of course. The company lobbied USDA in 2011 specifically on EBTs and in 2008, the last time the Farm Bill was renewed, it lobbied both the House and Senate on five different provisions of the farm bill.

Who else administers EBTs? Northrop Grumman, better known as a defense contractor, oddly has multimillion dollar contracts with Montana and Illinois.

Affiliated Computer Services (a Xerox subsidiary) runs 13 state systems and Fidelity National Information Services has another 11.
 
Thanks to weak transparency rules, we’re not able to determine just how much corporations benefit from these contracts, but large amounts are at stake and it appears that much of this money is going to enrich the administrators at the expense of SNAP’s beneficiaries. Simon estimated that in Florida J.P. Morgan Chase made $123 million from fees over five years — a 50 percent increase over the original contract. In New York, the state paid over $100 million in fees to the bank over five years.
 
The entire report is worth a read, especially if you’re interested in food politics.

http://www.eatdrinkpolitics.com/wp-content/uploads/FoodStampsFollowtheMoneySimon.pdf
FOOD STAMPS
Follow the Money
Title: Re: SNAP - Food stamp use hit record 40.8m in May----We are in Recovery?
Post by: gprebilsky on January 06, 2013, 11:39:56 am
Yeah, I've seen this too, did anyone really think they were gonna do it if it didn't somehow profit them, I mean they are bankers and very bad ones at that. The problem isn't money, it's more primative than that. The problem is these elites think they have the power, but we have wisdom.
Title: Re: SNAP - Food stamp use hit record 40.8m in May----We are in Recovery?
Post by: TahoeBlue on January 06, 2013, 11:47:19 am
It's interesting that there is going to be great pressure to pull back the social safety net for "Austerity", but these companies make so much money on this, they may lobby to continue these benefits ...
Title: Re: SNAP - Food stamp use hit record 40.8m in May----We are in Recovery?
Post by: aknoto on January 06, 2013, 01:37:41 pm
I don't mind feeding Americans and children, but I do agree that while they are monitoring everything else we do that receipients should have to buy healthy foods, and I agree with the poster that commodities should be available to all americans, and would that not increase jobs, as we hired americans to process and make the commodities and use the surplus from American farmers to process them.  We ate them as kids too, and they were wholesome and good, especially the butter, and the cheese, and I have seen USDA roasts, hams, and whole chickens in a can.  Also the pork makes excellent fillers for tamales.   :P AMERICA FIRST
Title: Food Stamp Use In NYC has Increased 125% Since Nanny Bloomberg Took Office
Post by: larsonstdoc on March 15, 2013, 09:43:35 am
http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/food_stamp_use_doubles_BfnGq82DfIWnpQmGu4cFaN?utm_medium=rss&utm_content=Local

  I don't think anybody on Wall Street is on food stamps YET.



The number of New York City residents receiving food stamps more than doubled over the past decade under Mayor Bloomberg, according to data released yesterday.

Now, 1.8 million receive food stamps, a jump from 800,000 in 2002, the Independent Budget Office data show.

IBO spokesman Doug Turetsky cited more aggressive outreach to enroll eligible recipients by the Bloomberg administration, in comparison to his predecessor, Rudy Giuliani.
Title: Re: Food Stamp Use In NYC has Increased 125% Since Nanny Bloomberg Took Office
Post by: chris jones on March 15, 2013, 08:00:10 pm
 One day these folks are going to have a suprise, its all in the plan.
Title: Re: Food Stamp Use In NYC has Increased 125% Since Nanny Bloomberg Took Office
Post by: Constitutionary on March 16, 2013, 01:03:57 pm
http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/food_stamp_use_doubles_BfnGq82DfIWnpQmGu4cFaN?utm_medium=rss&utm_content=Local

  I don't think anybody on Wall Street is on food stamps YET.



The number of New York City residents receiving food stamps more than doubled over the past decade under Mayor Bloomberg, according to data released yesterday.

Now, 1.8 million receive food stamps, a jump from 800,000 in 2002, the Independent Budget Office data show.

IBO spokesman Doug Turetsky cited more aggressive outreach to enroll eligible recipients by the Bloomberg administration, in comparison to his predecessor, Rudy Giuliani.


Bakers and Wall Street people call them "BAILOUTS".

This is to keep the con-tarded on their side.

Welfare - bad   Bailouts - good

Con-tardism 101
Title: Re: Food Stamp Use In NYC has Increased 125% Since Nanny Bloomberg Took Office
Post by: TahoeBlue on March 16, 2013, 05:28:08 pm
http://www.historyonthenet.com/Egyptians/society.htm
(http://www.historyonthenet.com/Egyptians/images/society_pyramid.jpg)
Title: Re: Food Stamp Use In NYC has Increased 125% Since Nanny Bloomberg Took Office
Post by: TahoeBlue on March 16, 2013, 05:31:29 pm
http://factsanddetails.com/world.php?itemid=2051
ECONOMICS IN ANCIENT ROME
(http://factsanddetails.com/media/2/20120227-Slave%20Mosaique_echansons_Bardo.jpg)
Slaves on a Tunisian mosaic
Title: Re: Food Stamp Use In NYC has Increased 125% Since Nanny Bloomberg Took Office
Post by: chris jones on March 16, 2013, 05:57:45 pm
  Hi T.
  Your post is ringing bells, while in South America many refer to OBama as the Pharoah, asked  why and basically they say it's the reality , pausee and say, what is wrong with Americans are they brainwashed they had it so good once....Not all of course say this, however those with their lights on and awake know it.

  Has to be noted down south of this empire long ago these folks would hang the US flag out their windows next to theirs, we were admired by these folks, liberty, equality, freedom, lifestyle etc..
   
  A guy ( Latin America) said to me during a discussion about the gulf war w/ regards to the MSM, they gave more attention to the sea gulls being wacked out than the people. He laughed, and said birds are worth more than humans.. I confess I didn't respond though I felt a tad of anger, he hit a button..The truth...... Ex: A fuzzy Lil pup on the net gets more headlines than the hundred of thousand innocent humans wacked.         Off the map? Sorry.......
Title: Re: Food Stamp Use In NYC has Increased 125% Since Nanny Bloomberg Took Office
Post by: Monkeypox on March 17, 2013, 06:43:32 am
  Hi T.
  Your post is ringing bells, while in South America many refer to OBama as the Pharoah, asked  why and basically they say it's the reality , pausee and say, what is wrong with Americans are they brainwashed they had it so good once....Not all of course say this, however those with their lights on and awake know it.

  Has to be noted down south of this empire long ago these folks would hang the US flag out their windows next to theirs, we were admired by these folks, liberty, equality, freedom, lifestyle etc..
   
  A guy ( Latin America) said to me during a discussion about the gulf war w/ regards to the MSM, they gave more attention to the sea gulls being wacked out than the people. He laughed, and said birds are worth more than humans.. I confess I didn't respond though I felt a tad of anger, he hit a button..The truth...... Ex: A fuzzy Lil pup on the net gets more headlines than the hundred of thousand innocent humans wacked.         Off the map? Sorry.......

A Single Death is a Tragedy; a Million Deaths is a Statistic
Title: Re: Food Stamp Use In NYC has Increased 125% Since Nanny Bloomberg Took Office
Post by: jofortruth on March 17, 2013, 09:38:20 am
I heard that Sarah Palin drank from a 16oz pop while at CPAC. Did anyone see that? Of course, the audience laughed at the stupidity of the issue that belongs in Bloomberg's lap!

Bloomberg is such a child and a non leader. When are NYers going to throw the bum out and find a real leader, or is that even possible in NYC since it seems to be the capitol of NWO stupidity in its top people and the public just goes along. New Yorkers, you the people are smarter than this. Prove it to us by finding a real leader.

Bloomberg, I guess that's how Darwinistic believers act. They never grow up, are clueless and see the public as their animals to be managed!  ::)
Title: Re: Food Stamp Use In NYC has Increased 125% Since Nanny Bloomberg Took Office
Post by: Constitutionary on March 22, 2013, 03:57:57 pm
NY-ers will be too consumed with sports, opera, or something else to give a damn about politics.

Hope rthey bundle up for their rides to the FEMA Camps, those truck are going to get cold.   brrrrrrrrrrr
Title: Re: Food Stamp Use In NYC has Increased 125% Since Nanny Bloomberg Took Office
Post by: TahoeBlue on March 22, 2013, 05:20:12 pm
http://www.nysenate.gov/press-release/hurricane-sandy-supplemental-nutrition-assistance-program-snap-benefit-replacement
Hurricane Sandy Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Benefit Replacement
Posted by Velmanette Montgomery on Monday, November 5th, 2012

If you lost food purchased with SNAP benefits due to Hurricane Sandy, there is help available. Current SNAP households that have lost food purchased with their benefits as a result of the storm are entitled to replacement benefits.

 
Q - What do I need to do?

 
A - If you are a current SNAP recipient and live in Nassau, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Suffolk, Sullivan or Westchester counties, or one of 77 zip codes in New York City that experienced extended power loss, including all of Staten Island, partial replacement SNAP benefits will automatically be deposited in your Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) account beginning next week.

A complete list of zip codes in New York City that are included can be found at: otda.ny.gov/news/SNAP-replacements.pdf.
Additional zip codes in New York City may be added as more power loss information becomes available.

...
Q - What if I don’t live in one of the areas receiving the automatic benefit replacement?

You can still request replacement SNAP benefits from your local department of social services by following these steps:
 
•You must report the loss of food purchased with SNAP benefits to your local social services office by Wednesday, November 28, 2012, either verbally or in writing
Title: Re: Food Stamp Use In NYC has Increased 125% Since Nanny Bloomberg Took Office
Post by: TahoeBlue on May 29, 2013, 01:57:49 pm
bump for merge
Title: Re: SNAP - Food stamp use hit record 40.8m in May----We are in Recovery?
Post by: TahoeBlue on July 08, 2013, 01:03:50 pm
http://cnsnews.com/news/article/101m-americans-get-food-aid-federal-gov-t-more-number-private-sector-workers
101M Americans Get Food Aid from Federal Gov’t; More Than the Number of Private Sector Workers
July 8, 2013 - 11:32 AM

(CNSNews.com) – The number of Americans receiving subsidized food assistance from the federal government has risen to 101 million, representing roughly a third of the U.S. population.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that a total of 101,000,000 people currently participate in at least one of the 15 food programs offered by the agency, at a cost of $114 billion in fiscal year 2012. That means the number of Americans receiving food assistance has surpassed the number of private sector workers in the U.S.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), there were 97,180,000 full-time private sector workers in 2012. The population of the U.S. is 316.2 million people, meaning nearly a third of Americans receive food aid from the government.

Of the 101 million receiving food benefits, a record 47 million Americans participated in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), commonly known as food stamps. The USDA describes SNAP as the “largest program in the domestic hunger safety net.”
...
According to a July 3 audit by the Inspector General, the USDA’s Food Nutrition Service (FNS) “may be duplicating its efforts by providing participants total benefits in excess of 100 percent of daily nutritional needs when households and/or individuals participate in more than one FNS program simultaneously.”
Title: Re: SNAP - Food stamp use hit record 40.8m in May----We are in Recovery?
Post by: Geniocrat on July 08, 2013, 03:01:45 pm
http://cnsnews.com/news/article/101m-americans-get-food-aid-federal-gov-t-more-number-private-sector-workers
101M Americans Get Food Aid from Federal Gov’t; More Than the Number of Private Sector Workers
July 8, 2013 - 11:32 AM

(CNSNews.com) – The number of Americans receiving subsidized food assistance from the federal government has risen to 101 million, representing roughly a third of the U.S. population.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that a total of 101,000,000 people currently participate in at least one of the 15 food programs offered by the agency, at a cost of $114 billion in fiscal year 2012. That means the number of Americans receiving food assistance has surpassed the number of private sector workers in the U.S.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), there were 97,180,000 full-time private sector workers in 2012. The population of the U.S. is 316.2 million people, meaning nearly a third of Americans receive food aid from the government.

Of the 101 million receiving food benefits, a record 47 million Americans participated in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), commonly known as food stamps. The USDA describes SNAP as the “largest program in the domestic hunger safety net.”
...
According to a July 3 audit by the Inspector General, the USDA’s Food Nutrition Service (FNS) “may be duplicating its efforts by providing participants total benefits in excess of 100 percent of daily nutritional needs when households and/or individuals participate in more than one FNS program simultaneously.”

...and when we match it to Alex's numbers of the 100 million unemployed we find nearly an exact match.
Title: Re: SNAP - Food stamp use hit record 40.8m in May----We are in Recovery?
Post by: TahoeBlue on July 21, 2013, 03:07:59 pm
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/jul/21/food-stamps-helped-me-serve
Food stamps helped me serve my country. Don't cut them now
My single mom struggled to put food on the table sometimes, so government assistance was part of what made me a soldier
Kayla Williams   
guardian.co.uk, Sunday 21 July 2013 09.00 EDT

Food stamps: the farm bill passed by the House has removed its traditional provision for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (Snap)

I've eaten government food during two periods in my life: as a child and as a soldier. The first led to the second in more ways than one, and permanently influenced the way I look at food aid.

...
Like many on public assistance, my family was made up of a working single mom struggling to make it and provide for her child. She was a small business owner, an artist who ran a series of galleries. There were good years, when we did pretty well. And then the economy sagged, and there were lean years – years of food stamps and bland government cheese, Christmas presents from charities, peering around the corner to watch my mother sobbing into piles of bills, wondering if the landlord would get fed up with how often we were behind on the rent and kick us out.

Even when I was young, I could pick up on the looks we got when buying groceries with food stamps. In high school, it was mortifying to hand over tickets for free or reduced-price school lunches. Those tiny colored scraps of paper might as well have been a scarlet "P" sewn to my shirt, announcing to the other teenagers that I was poor
...
I've eaten government food during two periods in my life: as a child and as a soldier. The first led to the second in more ways than one, and permanently influenced the way I look at food aid.
...

Hindsight may convince me that my peers were probably too absorbed by their own problems to notice mine, but at the time, it crystallized in me a deep conviction that I would never live like that again. I used the fear and shame and anger to fuel years of effort, working through college and working two jobs so I could buy my first house when I was 22.

Then, I joined the army. Like most of my peers, I had many motivations for enlisting: I was seeking money to continue my education, but I also craved the discipline, a challenge, the chance to travel and acquire new skills.
...
On 9/11, I was learning Arabic at the Defense Language Institute, and it was immediately clear that war was in our future. I deployed to Iraq with the 101st airborne division (air assault), where I saw people so poor they wanted our empty cardboard boxes for flooring. I was back to eating government rations – this time, in the form of Meals, Ready to Eat (MREs). At least some of this government cheese came jalapeno-flavored.

When my five-year hitch was up, I didn't re-enlist, choosing to help my combat-wounded husband recover, and later using the GI bill for graduate school. Today, I am deeply aware of how privileged we are to live in modern America.

And I am horrified at efforts to cut Snap – or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, its proper name, though most of us still call it "food stamps".

The House passed a farm bill that strips out food aid to the poor, promising they'll get to it later. I don't believe it
...
The reality is that 47% are children, 30% are working poor (those who have jobs that don't pay enough to cover all their bills), and 21% receive supplemental security income for the aged or disabled.
...
This includes those who currently serve our country or who already have – the Department of Defense estimates that 5,000 military families will lose food stamps if these cuts go through, and food stamp spending has been up at commissaries, where only service-members, retirees, and their families can shop
...

http://www.guardian.co.uk/profile/kayla-williams
Kayla Williams is a former sergeant and linguist in a military intelligence company of the US army.

She is the author of Love My Rifle More Than You (2006) and Plenty of Time When We Get Home (forthcoming) and she serves as a Truman National Security Project fellow and on the Army Education Advisory Committee
Title: Re: SNAP - Food stamp use hit record 40.8m in May----We are in Recovery?
Post by: TahoeBlue on July 21, 2013, 06:00:50 pm
http://watchdog.org/96500/illinois-rewarded-for-misspending-only-52-million-on-food-stamps/
Illinois rewarded for misspending only $52 million on food stamps
By Benjamin Yount | Illinois Watchdog

SPRINGFIELD — Since Illinois has seen an explosion in the number of people receiving food stamps, even a slight error costs taxpayers millions.

In this instance, a mistake rate of less than 2 percent means $50 million is misspent.

That’s the hard truth behind the press release lauding Illinois for having a 98.3 percent accuracy rate for its Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program.

Illinois’ error rate, from either overspending on food stamps or not spending enough, is 1.74 percent, according to Januari Smith, a spokeswoman for the state’s Department of Human Services.

Just more than 2 million people in the state, or 16 percent of the population, are enrolled in the federally managed SNAP. Washington D.C,. sent Illinois $3 billion for SNAP last year.


The numbers: 1.74 percent of $3 billion is $52 million. That’s a lot of taxpayer waste.

Dabrowksi said Illinois saw its food stamp population jump 11.5 percent last year.

Smith said the increase in the number of families receiving food stamps can be blamed on the economy, and admits the program is becoming difficult for the state’s bureaucracy to manage.

DHS had 1,870 case workers handling 1.75 million cases last December, compared to 2,000 workers handling about 1 million cases in 2006, Smith said.
...
Illinois is being awarded $4 million by the USDA as recognition of it 98 percent accuracy rate. Smith said she doesn’t know how Illinois will spend that money
Title: Re: SNAP - Food stamp use hit record 40.8m in May----We are in Recovery?
Post by: Geniocrat on July 22, 2013, 12:33:08 pm
The American Dream Film-Full Length
 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tGk5ioEXlIM

 
The Money Masters.
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H56FUHgqRNE


John Perkins "Confessions of an Economic Hitman"
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aqIHKWd9rSc
Title: Re: SNAP - Food stamp use hit record 40.8m in May----We are in Recovery?
Post by: Geniocrat on July 22, 2013, 12:34:07 pm
When will Americans ever learn ?

DEBT FREE MONEY, IT"S NOT THAT HARD FOLKS....
Title: Re: SNAP - Food stamp use hit record 40.8m in May----We are in Recovery?
Post by: chris jones on July 22, 2013, 07:04:58 pm
 Debt,is in effect being owned.
 Enslavement, indentured servants, involuntary service,,,give it a name!
 
Gee Whizz-FEMA CAMPS are free,hot / cot /think about it.. They have their ducks line up. How many folks will run of to these joints anticipating safety and shelter.
 
 G.P. middle and poor can feel their comfort zones, lifestyles being effected. If so can you guys imagine what the coming generations will be facing.
 
Title: Re: SNAP - Food stamp use hit record 40.8m in May----We are in Recovery?
Post by: aknoto on July 22, 2013, 10:45:59 pm
Is it still true that an illegal alien can have a baby her in Texas and the baby be a us citizen and eligible for food stamps?
Title: Re: SNAP - Food stamp use hit record 40.8m in May----We are in Recovery?
Post by: TahoeBlue on July 23, 2013, 10:41:33 am
Is it still true that an illegal alien can have a baby her in Texas and the baby be a us citizen and eligible for food stamps?


yes ! and the parents will be eligible to become citizens for family reunification with the dream act. However the number of births are relatively small compared to the hundreds of thousands (millions) here collecting benefits with false id's ssn's and ITN's (irs tax numbers)...
Title: Re: SNAP - Food stamp use hit record 40.8m in May----We are in Recovery?
Post by: TahoeBlue on October 13, 2013, 10:01:13 am
http://boston.cbslocal.com/2013/10/12/computer-upgrade-blamed-for-nationwide-ebt-system-shutdown-on-saturday/
Computer Glitch Blamed For Nationwide EBT System Shutdown On Saturday

October 12, 2013 6:32 PM

BOSTON (CBS/AP) - People in Ohio, Michigan and 15 other states found themselves unable to use their food stamp debit-style cards on Saturday, after a routine test of backup systems by vendor Xerox Corp. resulted in a system failure.

At about 9 a.m. Saturday, reports from across the country began pouring in that customers’ EBT cards were not working in stores.

At 2 p.m., an EBT customer service representative told CBS Boston that the system was currently down for a computer system upgrade.

Xerox spokeswoman Jennifer Wasmer released further details later in the afternoon in an emailed statement.

“While the electronic benefits system is now up and running, beneficiaries in the 17 affected states continue to experience connectivity issues to access their benefits. Technical staff is addressing the issue and expect the system to be restored soon,”  Wasmer said. “Beneficiaries requiring access to their benefits can work with their local retailers who can activate an emergency voucher system where available. We appreciate our clients’ patience while we work through this outage as quickly as possible.”

Wasmer said the affected states also included Alabama, California, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Mississippi, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas and Virginia.

U.S. Department of Agriculture spokeswoman Courtney Rowe said the outage is not related to the government shutdown.
...
Like Ohio’s Johnson, Powell said that Oklahoma’s cash debit card system has since been restored, but the EBT cards for the SNAP program were still down. Powell said Oklahoma’s Xerox representative told them that the problems stemmed from a power failure at a data center, and power had been restored quickly.

It just takes a while to reboot these systems,” she said, adding that she did not know where the data center was located.

The federal EBT website was unavailable due to the government shutdown.
Title: Re: SNAP - Food stamp use hit record 40.8m in May----We are in Recovery?
Post by: larsonstdoc on October 13, 2013, 10:07:37 am
http://boston.cbslocal.com/2013/10/12/computer-upgrade-blamed-for-nationwide-ebt-system-shutdown-on-saturday/
Computer Glitch Blamed For Nationwide EBT System Shutdown On Saturday

October 12, 2013 6:32 PM

BOSTON (CBS/AP) - People in Ohio, Michigan and 15 other states found themselves unable to use their food stamp debit-style cards on Saturday, after a routine test of backup systems by vendor Xerox Corp. resulted in a system failure.

At about 9 a.m. Saturday, reports from across the country began pouring in that customers’ EBT cards were not working in stores.

At 2 p.m., an EBT customer service representative told CBS Boston that the system was currently down for a computer system upgrade.

Xerox spokeswoman Jennifer Wasmer released further details later in the afternoon in an emailed statement.

“While the electronic benefits system is now up and running, beneficiaries in the 17 affected states continue to experience connectivity issues to access their benefits. Technical staff is addressing the issue and expect the system to be restored soon,”  Wasmer said. “Beneficiaries requiring access to their benefits can work with their local retailers who can activate an emergency voucher system where available. We appreciate our clients’ patience while we work through this outage as quickly as possible.”

Wasmer said the affected states also included Alabama, California, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Mississippi, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas and Virginia.

U.S. Department of Agriculture spokeswoman Courtney Rowe said the outage is not related to the government shutdown.
...
Like Ohio’s Johnson, Powell said that Oklahoma’s cash debit card system has since been restored, but the EBT cards for the SNAP program were still down. Powell said Oklahoma’s Xerox representative told them that the problems stemmed from a power failure at a data center, and power had been restored quickly.

It just takes a while to reboot these systems,” she said, adding that she did not know where the data center was located.

The federal EBT website was unavailable due to the government shutdown.


  Hard to believe that statement.
Title: Re: SNAP - Food stamp use hit record 40.8m in May----We are in Recovery?
Post by: TahoeBlue on October 22, 2013, 03:45:29 pm
http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/10/20/330329/americans-on-food-stamp-face-cuts/
Millions of Americans on food stamps face cuts from November

Millions of food stamp recipients in the United States will see their benefits cut from the beginning of next month as the program is fully paid through October.

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will be cut because a temporary measure to increase food stamps expires Oct. 31.

The country’s weak economy and the high rate of unemployment have caused a growing number of people to rely on the SNAP program. Some 48 million Americans are using food stamps each month, half of them children and teenagers.

According to the US Department of Agriculture, the average benefit is currently about $275 per household per month and a family of four with no changes in circumstance will receive $36 less per month.

The change means that the average benefit will go from about $1.50 per person, per meal each month to about $1.40.
...
Last month, the House of Representatives voted to cut food stamps funding by $39 billion over the next decade. The Congressional Budget Office estimated that such a level of cuts would cause up to 3.8 million people to lose food stamp benefits in 2014.

The US Senate had previously voted to cut $4 billion from the program.
Title: Re: SNAP - Food stamp use hit record 40.8m in May----We are in Recovery?
Post by: Geniocrat on October 22, 2013, 03:50:06 pm
When they get "HELPED" into the FEMA Camps under the guise of government assistance, then maybe some people will start waking up !!!!
Title: Re: SNAP - Food stamp use hit record 40.8m in May----We are in Recovery?
Post by: TahoeBlue on January 17, 2014, 11:36:26 am

So BO is creating the new slave worker class economy with guidance from the replicants  ...
the government will supply the part time minimum wage workers with health care and food stamps and welfare  .... but we also need 30 million foreigners to spice up the cannibals' cooking pot  


http://www.amazon.com/Intellectual-History-Cannibalism-Catalin-Avramescu/dp/0691152195

This book is a true banquet

http://press.princeton.edu/titles/8927.html
(http://www.3quarksdaily.com/.a/6a00d8341c562c53ef016302ade0bc970d-250wi)

The cannibal has played a surprisingly important role in the history of thought -- perhaps the ultimate symbol of savagery and degradation-- haunting the Western imagination since before the Age of Discovery, when Europeans first encountered genuine cannibals and related horrible stories of shipwrecked travelers eating each other. An Intellectual History of Cannibalism is the first book to systematically examine the role of the cannibal in the arguments of philosophers, from the classical period to modern disputes about such wide-ranging issues as vegetarianism and the right to private property.

Catalin Avramescu shows how the cannibal is, before anything else, a theoretical creature, one whose fate sheds light on the decline of theories of natural law, the emergence of modernity, and contemporary notions about good and evil. This provocative history of ideas traces the cannibal's appearance throughout Western thought, first as a creature springing from the menagerie of natural law, later as a diabolical retort to theological dogmas about the resurrection of the body, and finally to present-day social, ethical, and political debates in which the cannibal is viewed through the lens of anthropology or invoked in the service of moral relativism.
 

from drudge:

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/01/16/Number-of-Able-Bodied-Adults-without-Dependents-Receiving-Food-Stamps-Doubles
Number of Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents on Food Stamps Doubles

The number of Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents (ABAWDs) receiving food stamps zoomed from 1.7 million to 3.9 million between Fiscal Year 2007 and Fiscal Year 2010. In that same period, food stamp recipients in total grew from 26 million to nearly 40 million.

One reason for the catastrophic growth in the number of ABAWDs is Barack Obama’s 2009 stimulus bill, which opened the door for states to waive the work provision required of ABAWDs. That work provision mandated that to continue receiving food stamps, after three months of being unemployed ABAWDs must work or perform some type of work activity 20 hours per week.

Spending on food stamps now totals somewhere around $80 billion, twice what the number was in Fiscal Year 2008. Congress is debating a new farm bill, but it is uncertain whether it will reinstate the work provision required of ABAWDs. Presently, the work waivers foisted on the states by Obama allow ABAWDs to receive food stamps indefinitely--without working or preparing for work. Sans work requirement, there is no guarantee that food stamps are being given to those who truly cannot work.

The proposal offered by the GOP-led House wants a 5% reduction in the cost of food stamps. The Democrat Senate is only willing to cut that cost by 1%.
Title: Re: SNAP - Food stamp use hit record 40.8m in May----We are in Recovery?
Post by: Geolibertarian on January 17, 2014, 01:28:16 pm
So then what's the solution?

Slash or abolish food stamps and then make fun of (or pretend not to notice) tens of millions of impoverished Americans as they beg and grovel for charity all day?

Eliminate long-term unemployment benefits and then condescendingly lecture the unemployed for not being able to find jobs that don't exist (http://www.epi.org/press/ratio-job-seekers-job-openings-holds-steady/)?

Allow corporations to pay American workers the same slave wages they pay workers in China?

Shut off the so-called "printing press," and thereby drive that much more of a wedge between the overall indebtedness of the economy (principal-plus-interest (http://www.wealthmoney.org/articles/critical-math-flaw/)) and the amount of money (principal) there is in circulation to pay it off?

Make publicly-generated land rent (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sTxyNQ0ea-k) even more privatized than it is already, and thereby increase the poverty-in-the-midst-of-plenty-creating rent-wage gap (http://nlihc.org/oor/2013)?

All of the above? Some of the above?

If not, then what?

Explanations, please, not platitudes.
Title: Re: SNAP - Food stamp use hit record 40.8m in May----We are in Recovery?
Post by: TahoeBlue on July 26, 2014, 10:40:19 am
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/27/business/the-typical-household-now-worth-a-third-less.html?_r=0
The Typical Household, Now Worth a Third Less
By ANNA BERNASEKJULY 26, 2014

Economic inequality in the United States has been receiving a lot of attention. But it’s not merely an issue of the rich getting richer. The typical American household has been getting poorer, too.

The inflation-adjusted net worth for the typical household was $87,992 in 2003. Ten years later, it was only $56,335, or a 36 percent decline, according to a study financed by the Russell Sage Foundation. Those are the figures for a household at the median point in the wealth distribution — the level at which there are an equal number of households whose worth is higher and lower. But during the same period, the net worth of wealthy households increased substantially.

 The Russell Sage study also examined net worth at the 95th percentile. (For households at that level, 94 percent of the population had less wealth and 4 percent had more.) It found that for this well-do-do slice of the population, household net worth increased 14 percent over the same 10 years. Other research, by economists like Edward Wolff at New York University, has shown even greater gains in wealth for the richest 1 percent of households.

For households at the median level of net worth, much of the damage has occurred since the start of the last recession in 2007. Until then, net worth had been rising for the typical household, although at a slower pace than for households in higher wealth brackets. But much of the gain for many typical households came from the rising value of their homes. Exclude that housing wealth and the picture is worse: Median net worth began to decline even earlier.

The housing bubble basically hid a trend of declining financial wealth at the median that began in 2001,” said Fabian T. Pfeffer, the University of Michigan professor who is lead author of the Russell Sage Foundation study.

The reasons for these declines are complex and controversial, but one point seems clear:

When only a few people are winning and more than half the population is losing, surely something is amiss.
Title: Re: SNAP - Food stamp use hit record 40.8m in May----We are in Recovery?
Post by: Jackson Holly on July 26, 2014, 12:29:28 pm


 … I was in a thrift store the other day (National chain ~ SAVERS) and
heard an announcement on the PA, that all forms of payment, " … are
accepted -  cash, credit cards, ATM and EBT."

EBT?  ???  There is NO food sold at this place. WTF?

Is this common?

Title: Re: SNAP - Food stamp use hit record 40.8m in May----We are in Recovery?
Post by: Donovan on July 26, 2014, 01:17:07 pm

 … I was in a thrift store the other day (National chain ~ SAVERS) and
heard an announcement on the PA, that all forms of payment, " … are
accepted -  cash, credit cards, ATM and EBT."

EBT?  ???  There is NO food sold at this place. WTF?

Is this common?



Yes its common. But its not supposed to happen at all.

You can now get alcohol, cigarettes, gasoline, and anything else you want with EBT. Lots of places are accepting as a form of payment.  I've heard stories that some have figured out how to transfer from card to card and are using it for things like drugs and illegal weapons.


I say all EBT and welfare should be cut off completely, because its a total waste of taxpayers money. Too many are mooching off the system and running everything into the ground.
Title: Re: SNAP - Food stamp use hit record 40.8m in May----We are in Recovery?
Post by: Jackson Holly on July 26, 2014, 03:31:11 pm
Yes its common. But its not supposed to happen at all.

You can now get alcohol, cigarettes, gasoline, and anything else you want with EBT. Lots of places are accepting as a form of payment.  I've heard stories that some have figured out how to transfer from card to card and are using it for things like drugs and illegal weapons.


I say all EBT and welfare should be cut off completely, because its a total waste of taxpayers money. Too many are mooching off the system and running everything into the ground.


 … looks like it has become a "Guranteed Income" instead of an emergency food safety net … not good.

Title: Re: SNAP - Food stamp use hit record 40.8m in May----We are in Recovery?
Post by: Letsbereal on July 26, 2014, 04:16:41 pm
Yeah, recovery is lovely, ain't it.

WHERE’S THERE A CRASH? WORLD ECONOMY COLLAPSING!!! - HEADLINES JULY 2014 - FINAL http://forum.prisonplanet.com/index.php?topic=247239.msg1478491#msg1478491
Title: Re: SNAP - Food stamp use hit record 40.8m in May----We are in Recovery?
Post by: JT Coyoté on July 27, 2014, 02:10:05 am
Yeah, recovery is lovely, ain't it.

WHERE’S THERE A CRASH? WORLD ECONOMY COLLAPSING!!! - HEADLINES JULY 2014 - FINAL http://forum.prisonplanet.com/index.php?topic=247239.msg1478491#msg1478491

We are without industry... our food production is corporate owned, and poisoned... we've been called consumers since '79, cattle at the trough... all wealth we have created in 200+ years is now offshore... any kid who shows his classmates something he learned from his grandfather... how to add a column of numbers using a pencil and paper... is chastised by the teacher for not using a calculator... where whatever the president says is seen as the absolute the truth, yet truth is a lie... yeah... we're in a recovery all right...(not)... Minimum-wage, chemically induced, autistic, SNAP slaves-R-us.

JTCoyoté

"Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims
may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under
robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies.
The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity
may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us
for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so
with the approval of their own conscience."
 ~C.S. Lewis
Title: Re: SNAP - Food stamp use hit record 40.8m in May----We are in Recovery?
Post by: TahoeBlue on August 20, 2014, 02:03:29 pm
from drudge:

http://www.cnsnews.com/commentary/terence-p-jeffrey/354-percent-109631000-welfare
The 35.4 Percent: 109,631,000 on Welfare
August 20, 2014 - 4:35 AM
By Terence P. Jeffrey

109,631,000 Americans lived in households that received benefits from one or more federally funded "means-tested programs" — also known as welfare — as of the fourth quarter of 2012, according to data released Tuesday by the Census Bureau.

The Census Bureau has not yet reported how many were on welfare in 2013 or the first two quarters of 2014.

But the 109,631,000 living in households taking federal welfare benefits as of the end of 2012, according to the Census Bureau, equaled 35.4 percent of all 309,467,000 people living in the United States at that time

...
153,323,000 people were getting federal benefits of some type at the end of 2012

...

What did taxpayers give to the 109,631,000 — the 35.4 percent of the nation — getting welfare benefits at the end of 2012?

82,679,000 of the welfare-takers lived in households where people were on Medicaid, said the Census Bureau.
51,471,000 were in households on food stamps.
22,526,000 were in the Women, Infants and Children program.
20,355,000 were in household on Supplemental Security Income.
13,267,000 lived in public housing or got housing subsidies.
5,442,000 got Temporary Assistance to Needy Families.
4,517,000 received other forms of federal cash assistance.

How do you put in perspective the 109,631,000 people taking welfare, or the 150,026,000 getting some type of federal benefit other than veterans' benefits?

Well, the CIA World Factbook says there are 142,470,272 people in Russia. So, the 150,026,000 people getting non-veterans federal benefits in the United States at the end of 2012 outnumbered all the people in Russia.

...

In the fourth quarter of 2008, when President Obama was elected, there were 96,197,000 people living in households taking benefits from one or more federal welfare programs. After four years, by the fourth quarter of 2012, that had grown by 13,434,000.

Those 13,434,000 additional people on welfare outnumbered the 12,882,135 people the Census Bureau estimated lived in Obama's home state of Illinois in 2013
Title: Re: SNAP - Food stamp use hit record 40.8m in May----We are in Recovery?
Post by: chris jones on August 20, 2014, 03:42:57 pm
 Food stamps..Welfare.
  Firstly, hunger truly suks..
  Many folks are up the proverbial creek and need assistance, I say help them.
  There are also others who stuck in the system, raised in it, nurtured to accept this as a way of life.
  Lastly there are people on the suk train, fraudulent.
  I worked on Mission hill, Boston. My main station was the welly office. I met people who would have done anything to have a job and get on their feet, folks who truly needed it.
  Those who had been born & raised in the system, indoctrinated.
  Lastly folks who fraudulently used the system..
 I asked the director how could they weed out the suckbags from those who truly needed assistance, he said , "Are you serious or shi**tting me, we get about .02% of the frauds".
 They can bail out banks $$$, corporations $$, have multiple wars$$, etc....17 trillion and counting, in the end, welfare has little to do with it.  As for the suckbags, scons using the system without the need -remind me of the millionares club running this land.        PS: Didn't they just vote in a pay raise ? (congress) as if they needed one!
   
Title: Re: SNAP - Food stamp use hit record 40.8m in May----We are in Recovery?
Post by: TahoeBlue on August 20, 2014, 08:20:02 pm
The Race against the machines ... why we are lost ...  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jO5A-s2l8Ss
Book TV: Erik Brynjolfsson, Andrew McAfee, "The Second Machine Age."
Published on Feb 11, 2014

Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee talk about the technological advancements that have taken over our lives and our economy and suggest ways to harness those advancements to benefit society. The co-authors spoke at the Commonwealth Club of California in San Francisco


http://tanguduavinash.files.wordpress.com/2014/02/the-second-machine-age-erik-brynjolfsson2.pdf

also:

 
Race Against the Machine: How the Digital Revolution is Accelerating Innovation, Driving Productivity, and Irreversibly Transforming Employment and the Economy Paperback – January 23, 2012

by Erik Brynjolfsson   (Author),    Andrew McAfee   (Author)

Why has median income stopped rising in the US?
Why is the share of population that is working falling so rapidly?
Why are our economy and society are becoming more unequal?

A popular explanation right now is that the root cause underlying these symptoms is technological stagnation-- a slowdown in the kinds of ideas and inventions that bring progress and prosperity. In Race Against the Machine, MIT's Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee present a very different explanation. Drawing on research by their team at the Center for Digital Business, they show that there's been no stagnation in technology -- in fact, the digital revolution is accelerating. Recent advances are the stuff of science fiction: computers now drive cars in traffic, translate between human languages effectively, and beat the best human Jeopardy! players.
  (http://www.amazon.com/Race-Against-Machine-Accelerating-Productivity/dp/0984725113/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1408718994&sr=1-1&keywords=Race+Against+the+Machine)
Title: Re: SNAP - Food stamp use hit record 40.8m in May----We are in Recovery?
Post by: Jackson Holly on August 20, 2014, 09:50:18 pm


The SNAP is a credit card company scam
and just another drain on hard-working
American's paychecks.

I don't support it, though I have family who
would find it hard to survive without it at
this point.

I do support the COMMODITY program - The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP)
( http://forum.prisonplanet.com/index.php?topic=144731.msg1394936#msg1394936 (http://forum.prisonplanet.com/index.php?topic=144731.msg1394936#msg1394936) )

See Here~~~>http://feedingamerica.org/how-we-fight-hunger/advocacy-public-policy/policy-center/federal-anti-hunger-programs-and-policies/the-emergency-food-assistance-program.aspx (http://feedingamerica.org/how-we-fight-hunger/advocacy-public-policy/policy-center/federal-anti-hunger-programs-and-policies/the-emergency-food-assistance-program.aspx)

I think it should be massively expanded and the food should be
available to ANY AMERICAN who wants it. But no free credit card
paid for by us taxpayers.

Title: Re: SNAP - Food stamp use hit record 40.8m in May----We are in Recovery?
Post by: TahoeBlue on April 17, 2015, 11:52:06 am
http://www.breitbart.com/big-hollywood/2015/04/16/gwyneth-paltrow-cheated-29-food-stamp-challenge-after-only-4-days/

Gwyneth Paltrow Cheated On $29 Food Stamp Challenge After Only 4 days

by Kelli Serio16 Apr 2015Los Angeles, CA269



Gwyneth Paltrow confessed in her Goop newsletter Thursday that she cheated on her $29 Food Stamp Challenge after only four days.

The 42-year-old actress accepted a challenge from celebrity chef Mario Batali last Thursday in which she was asked to survive on $29 worth of food for the duration of one week.

“This is what $29 gets you at the grocery store–what families on SNAP (i.e., food stamps) have to live on for a week,” she tweeted at the time. “We’re walking in their shoes to see how far we get.”

...

The new story goes something like this, via Gwyneth Paltrow:


As I suspected, we only made it through about four days, when I personally broke and had some chicken and fresh vegetables ( and in full transparency, half a bag of black licorice).

My perspective has been forever altered by how difficult it was to eat wholesome, nutritious food on that budget, even for just a few days-a challenge that 47 million Americans face every day, week, and year.

After trying to complete this challenge (I would give myself a C-), I am even more outraged that there is still not equal pay in the workplace.
...

| - - - -

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-3042270/Gwyneth-Paltrow-admits-failed-29-food-stamp-challenge-just-four-days-in.html
'I would give myself a C-': Gwyneth Paltrow admits she FAILED her $29 food stamp challenge just four days in
By Ross Mcdonagh For Dailymail.com
Published: 12:53 EST, 16 April 2015  | Updated: 14:49 EST, 16 April 2015


Title: Re: SNAP - Food stamp use hit record Exceeded 45 Million For 48 Straight Months
Post by: TahoeBlue on July 14, 2015, 10:16:01 am
http://freebeacon.com/issues/food-stamp-beneficiaries-have-exceeded-45-million-for-48-straight-months/
Food Stamp Beneficiaries Have Exceeded 45 Million For 48 Straight Months
Over 22 million households receive SNAP benefits today

BY:  Ali Meyer   
July 13, 2015 1:20 pm

The number of beneficiaries of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), otherwise known as food stamps, has exceeded 45 million for 48 straight months, according to data released by the Department of Agriculture (USDA).
...

The number of food stamp recipients first exceeded 45 million in May 2011. Since then, the number has consistently exceeded 45 million, hitting a record high of about 47,800,000 in December 2012.

In April 2015, households on food stamps received an average benefit of $256.93, and total benefits for the month cost taxpayers $5.7 billion.
Title: Re: SNAP - Food stamp use hit record Exceeded 45 Million For 48 Straight Months
Post by: larsonstdoc on July 14, 2015, 10:53:34 am
http://freebeacon.com/issues/food-stamp-beneficiaries-have-exceeded-45-million-for-48-straight-months/

In April 2015, households on food stamps received an average benefit of $256.93, and total benefits for the month cost taxpayers $5.7 billion.

  The last estimate is that the federal government spends $11 billion dollars a day---including weekends. 

  So SNAP benefits do not even account for one day in a 365 day year of what the government spends.


  The tragedy is that some of these people want jobs or better jobs and they are not there.

  I'm with Tarpley on this one---feed the people and TO HELL WITH THE BANKERS.

 
  THE REAL BIG SUMS OF MONEY IN THIS COUNTRY ARE SPENT BY THE BANKERS---QE---WE DON'T EVEN KNOW IF IT IS STILL GOING ON---IN IT'S PRIME THE BANKERS WERE TAKING (STEALING)$85 BILLION A MONTH FROM THE PEOPLE.  So SNAP is pocket change.    THESE SAME CRIMINAL BANKERS BORROW (STEAL) AT 0% INTEREST FROM THE FED AND CHARGE POORER PEOPLE 20 TO 30% FOR CREDIT CARDS.
Title: Re: SNAP - Food stamp use hit record 40.8m in May----We are in Recovery?
Post by: TahoeBlue on March 01, 2016, 06:14:48 pm
Drudge:

Good times are here again ....

http://www.mrctv.org/blog/
Food Stamp Users Near Record High Despite Low Unemployment Rate
 Nick Kangadis | February 29, 2016 4:23pm ET

Despite the unemployment rate being at an eight-year low (4.9 percent as of January 2016), the number of people on food stamps remains near an all-time high which was 47,636,000 in 2013.

Why the disparity in the numbers? Well, the unemployment rate does not take into account people who are not in, or have dropped out of, the workforce altogether.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported in January of this year that approximately 94 million Americans are not participating in the workforce.

But the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) has been hovering around 46 million participants since 2011. The current figure, as of February 2016, stands at 45.8 million Americans receiving food stamps.
....
Title: Re: SNAP - Food stamp use hit record 40.8m in May----We are in Recovery?
Post by: windyacres on March 04, 2016, 05:50:56 am
Quote from the above article, reply #94

Quote
   The current figure, as of February 2016, stands at 45.8 million Americans receiving food stamps 

I have to wonder how many NON-Americans are on food stamps in the USA
all the recent "refugees, illegals, etc."  to drive the numbers up.   
Title: Re: SNAP - Food stamp use hit record 40.8m in May----We are in Recovery?
Post by: Geniocrat on March 04, 2016, 03:50:47 pm
Kakistocrats the world over know that the population is just 7 missed meals from armed revolution.

For the kakistocrats to fully usurp the federal government they must keep the people on welfare and food stamps so they can continue their takeover unabated.