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A record 49 million Americans faced hunger in 2008

By Barry Grey

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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.





 

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« Reply #1 on: January 08, 2010, 04:57:05 am »
Six million in the US with no income but food stamps

by Jerry White

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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.


 

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« Reply #2 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?
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Re: Need Food Stamps? JP Morgan / CHASE Calls India 4 YOU.
« Reply #3 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.
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Re: Need Food Stamps? JP Morgan / CHASE Calls India 4 YOU.
« Reply #4 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.
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« Reply #5 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.
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Re: Food stamp use hit record 40.8m in May----We are in Recovery?
« Reply #6 on: August 05, 2010, 09:12:16 am »
That's Obamunism for you, my friend.

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« Reply #7 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.
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Re: Food stamp use hit record 40.8m in May----We are in Recovery?
« Reply #8 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

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Re: Food stamp use hit record 40.8m in May----We are in Recovery?
« Reply #9 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.

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« Reply #10 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.
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« Reply #13 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."

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« Reply #14 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.
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« Reply #15 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
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...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.
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Re: Food stamp use hit record 40.8m in May----We are in Recovery?
« Reply #16 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 and Chicago School.

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"In a society where unjust division of wealth gives the fruits of labor to those who do not labor, 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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Re: Food stamp use hit record 40.8m in May----We are in Recovery?
« Reply #17 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.

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« Reply #18 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"
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« Reply #19 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  :'(

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Re: Food stamp use hit record 40.8m in May----We are in Recovery?
« Reply #20 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.. 

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Re: Food stamp use hit record 40.8m in May----We are in Recovery?
« Reply #21 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.

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« Reply #22 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

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« Reply #23 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.

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Re: USA becomes Food Stamp Nation...
« Reply #24 on: August 24, 2011, 12:30:56 am »
She's a SUPERVISOR - and earns $9.70/hour?

What a joke.
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« Reply #25 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!!

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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.
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« Reply #26 on: August 24, 2011, 07:39:46 pm »
Think SNAP - S.N.A.P

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Supplemental_Nutrition_Assistance_Program
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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]
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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.
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« Reply #27 on: August 25, 2011, 09:47:46 am »
http://abcnews.go.com/US/hunger-home-american-children-malnourished/story?id=14367230

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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.
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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.
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Re: USA becomes Food Stamp Nation...
« Reply #28 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.
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« Reply #29 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 ?
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Re: USA becomes Food Stamp Nation...
« Reply #30 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


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« Reply #31 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
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Re: Food stamp use hit record 40.8m in May----We are in Recovery?
« Reply #32 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).
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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.
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Re: Food stamp use hit record 40.8m in May----We are in Recovery?
« Reply #33 on: August 19, 2012, 07:34:46 pm »
Remember, Ovomit thinks this is a "good"  thing.
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« Reply #34 on: August 19, 2012, 07:50:50 pm »
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« Reply #35 on: August 19, 2012, 07:54:43 pm »







  Things aren't good under Obamunism.  Unfortunately they won't be much better under Romney.
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Re: Food stamp use hit record 40.8m in May----We are in Recovery?
« Reply #36 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 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

Yet here the Republicans are doing the same thing all over again!  ::)
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« Reply #37 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.
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« Reply #38 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.

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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.
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« Reply #39 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-everything Austrian School 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.
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