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One in Eight Americans On Food Stamps

Food Stamp Use Soars, and Stigma Fades

By JASON DePARLE and ROBERT GEBELOFF
Published: November 28, 2009

MARTINSVILLE, Ohio — With food stamp use at record highs and climbing every month, a program once scorned as a failed welfare scheme now helps feed one in eight Americans and one in four children.

It has grown so rapidly in places so diverse that it is becoming nearly as ordinary as the groceries it buys. More than 36 million people use inconspicuous plastic cards for staples like milk, bread and cheese, swiping them at counters in blighted cities and in suburbs pocked with foreclosure signs.

Virtually all have incomes near or below the federal poverty line, but their eclectic ranks testify to the range of people struggling with basic needs. They include single mothers and married couples, the newly jobless and the chronically poor, longtime recipients of welfare check

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  • clearly, as people lose their jobs and healthcare costs go up, people are just getting more lazy.

    I mean it's so OBVIOUS from my comfortable and employed point of view.

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    • LMFAO! Great comment!

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    • LOL...I'm not on food stamps but i know people who are. Nowadays its just a debit card. I don't mind my tax dollars going for this one bit, as this is exactly what my taxes SHOULD go to. Not "Cash for Clunkers" or useless billion dollar stealth bombers, but to help ordinary Americans who are trying mightily but can't find a break, or even a lousy job that pays above the poverty level.

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    • LOL, good comment. I guess I feel lucky to still be employed, and I agree with your statement about where your (and my) taxes are going. Yet we still seem to be able to afford to maintain and even to escalate our wars, don't we.

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    • Agreed, same thing with WIC which provides milk and other necessities to mothers in bad economic shape.

      Our economic disparity is only growing greater and unless we address such issues, welfare like food stamps are the only thing we can do to prevent society from falling apart. Welfare is the consequence of existing problems, not the cause of them.

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    • And if you ever lose that job, you'll have to get in line and wait for the illegals and convicts to get served first. The very people you libtards place a higher value on than hard working white Americans.

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  • As always Monkey, another relevant post for our times ;o)

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  • Part of it is by design. The state of Va now covers 'live in boyfriends/girlfriends'

    It doesnt really matter what the relationship, and people are prompted to lie about anyone who may qualify as a roomy...'cuz dey eatin yo food'

    This is s fact in Va...its part of the new stimulous requirements....I can only assume its true for most other states.

    O-b-a-m-a the new long legged mack daddy!

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  • I been noticing more food giveaways around my area. Almost all of it is done by charities or through churches. It is frightening to see how big the groups get though, its been out of control lately. Law enforcement has to stand by now to make sure things dont get out of hand. What pisses me off though is some of the cars I see pulling in to these handouts, brand new cars ranging from Escalades to Mercedes. I guess it just goes to show how stupid some are with their money and now we have to foot More..

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    • I get what your saying about the nice cars pulling up to these handouts or people living beyond their means. I trip out with some of the abuse of a hand out.

      But some of those cases aren't just that point blank for everybody. I know two different realators who made great money from the housing market in Vegas and Florida. Both made good money, drove nice cars and lived in nice houses. Then the collapse of the housing market. One lost his house (lives with his sister now), but kept the car si More..

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    • Good point on seeds, that is also a great thing to stock up on. Some companies now are actually canning them and the shelf life is well over 15 years.

      Perishables do perish but the life span can be extended for great amount of time. Rice,wheat,beans,etc can all last over 25 years if stored properly. Canned foods do have a lower shelf life but that is the reason for rotating your supplies. The idea is store what you eat and eat what you store. To many people dont rotate their supplies and th More..

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    • Meds! I forgot about Meds. All great info and i'll be sure to keep it all in mind.

      Discovery Channel did a good show called the Colony. Ever seen it. Had a lot of good info with a pshycological break down of all issues.

      Again, thanks for all the great info, you might have to write that book and get it published, why not? You obviously found a niche. I'll be looking forward to it. Cheers my dude

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  • I grew up very poor and if were not for the kindness of our neighbors and community, my single Mother raising 4 kids could not have made it.
    We always had gifts on our doorstep for xmas and thanksgiving fixing left for us.
    I can't begin to tell you how ashamed and happy that made me.
    Ashamed because we could not provide for ourselves and happy that someone, somewhere recognized that and helped us out of the goodness of their heart.
    Always anonymously.
    What a sad country we have become when help More..

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  • Man, that's just too much to read.

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  • 1 out of 8 is a load of b.s. therefore i didn't bother to watch it.

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  • welcome to da hood,obama's america

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  • EBT fraud is out of control down here.

    Shady corner store owners cash out EBT benefits for .50 to .75 cents on the dollar. They then charge the EBTer for alcohol, ciggies, porn etc. with the cash they just cashed out. The stores make out twice. The stores also dont price their goods so they can raise the price when ringing up EBTers. A lot of EBTers are on foot so they have no choice on paying the higher price or some dont even care. The two EBT accepting stores down the road from here l More..

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  • 1 in 8 Americans are on food stamps.

    ... and 7 of 10 Americans of food stamps are chain smoking fat asses.

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  • gas, ass or grass for free

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  • Not likely. Many of those on "assistance" are illegal aliens.

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  • WELFARE WARRIOR! They got a post about you!

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  • The Feds ADVERTISE to increase food stamp recipients. The number of people leeching off their neighbors is a disgrace...but, it's just one of many ways the average taxpayer is being exploited and screwed.

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  • And not one of them has every thanked me for paying for it.
    Ever.

    I've seen these people buying snack cakes and steaks and fucking lobster with the money confiscated from my pocket while I ate hamburger helper and ramen noodles. All the while the kind bleeding heart liberals who support this waste refuse to actually donate any money from their own pocket.

    Fuck you all.

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  • Just where obama wants them. Create or allow chaos and get your agenda passed during the confusion when no one is paying too much attention. FDR did it during the depression,and clown boy is trying the same thing,but it is not working for him.

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    • Ummm... the corporations mistreating workers before any sort of workplace regulation was instituted, such as coal miners being gunned down by private police forces when they tried to band together to demand better pay and working conditions, and the manipulation of an unregulated stock market that helped the crash of 1929 are what prompted FDR to attempt to fix things.

      It was the closest we came to pure, unregulated capitalism and it made us get to the point that we came the closest to becommin More..

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  • probably 80% of welfare/food stamps are a bunch of criminals commiting FRAUD!

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    • Agreed. And we need Reagan back to cut out the slackers, the bums, the panhandlers, and those living on the dole, also known as living on our tax dollars.

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    • Are you talking about those guys on Wall Street? The Wall Street welfare queens that got trillions of dollars in government welfare cheques?

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    • Reagan's naive policies are what expanded the economic disparities that have only heightened the need for welfare. Just look at the numbers, they tell the story....

      http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=5c5_1250514118&c=1#comments

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    • Sure. We can add them to the list of money-suckers.

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    • YOour dems gave them the money, while almost every republican tried to stop in and voted against it.

      This is the way of your people...borrow, print, bailout, subsidize, regulate, cry about it and blame on others.

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