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One In Seven Americans Use Food Stamps

One In Seven Americans Use Food Stamps

The Ryan Budget has proposed replacing food stamps with block grants for each state, but how pervasive are food stamps really, and how many people actually rely on them?

Nearly one in every seven people in the country.

Via The Wall Street Journal:

Growth in the food stamp program appeared to reach a plateau in February — with 14.3% of the population relying on the safety net program.

The number of food stamp recipients was essentially flat in February, the most recent month available, with 44.2 million Americans receiving benefits, according a new report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

In some states that have been hammered by the economy, especially in the South, the number is even more dramatic, rising to one in five.

A majority of foodstamp users are families, especially families with younger children, for whom other programs like subsidized school meals can only go so far.  Without food stamps, school meals may be their sole source of regular food.

Changing foodstamps into a block grant that the states can potentially reassign could remove the last semblance of a safety net for these families, 40 million low income families a month, 75 percent of whom have children.

Are we really willing to let so many people go hungry in America so millionaires can keep their tax breaks?

 

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11:25AM PDT on Aug 20, 2011

to finish my ideas: Tim Royal

Theirs is a religion, as religion has always been, one of hypocrisy, holier than thou, goody two shoes, my shit don't stink. Now, their veneer of Christianity has dropped away and revealed their true nature. The face of a demon filled with greed, malice aforethought, and evil intent, trying to balance an elephant in one hand and a Tea Cup in the other. Friends, the Tea Party has no good intentions to the poor, the downtrodden, the faceless millions who have their roots embedded in immigration. Our ancestors risked their lives to come to this country, and made it great, now just a few generations later, their descendants are facing the same struggle, loss of freedom and wealth, but where will we go now? Vote down the perpetrators of this misguided, misaligned and malignant layer of society who mean us only harm. Tim Royal, Portland, Ore.

11:21AM PDT on Aug 20, 2011

What do you expect from the lawmakers who sit and stroll through the Imperial Trappings of unlimited power every day. They are surrounded by magnificence, gorgeous furniture, magnificence paintings and murals, deep plush carpeting, custom made, huge crystal chandeliers blinding their eyes to the needs of the people out on the street just a few yards from where they sit. They all have full health coverage, all they could ever want and anything they could ever eat. They all get raises every year, wether they have done a good job or not.
Their jobs are not rated good or bad by their peers. The public has little say, and the system works much more slowly for us than for Congress. When Congress is faced with insurmountable problems they go on vacation. It's no wonder that we we are referred to as the Great Unwashed. When we see pictures of our elected officials we see mostly the underside of their nostrils because they can't tilt their heads back far enough to not smell the stink of the crimes they are perpetrating on the American Public. My point, finallly, is that these people are really out of touch with this country, and the reality of the plight of the American people. They have no idea what it takes to survive from day to day. They don't think they are destroying American families at the same time touting their religion of family values. It is truly their fundalmental religious beliefs that frame their policies. Theirs is a religion, as religion has always been,

12:23PM PDT on May 13, 2011

We need a large deficit tax on the rich.

2:17AM PDT on May 13, 2011

Unfortunately, he's my US representative... between he and Walker, I don't know....

Anyway, gutting the system won't help. Smart shopping, thrift stores and more... I'm good at sniffing out clearance shelves too. I use coupons as well as sales.

And seriously? the "average" food stamp recipient are those of us lost our jobs, got down graded to part time, or just have hard but low paying jobs, etc.

If we HAD a choice, we'd have a job enough to pay our own way, not the stereotype of the generational lazy whore... that's a MINORITY.

Maybe Stall Ryan should move to Ethiopia to help "fix" the poverty situation there.

4:27PM PDT on May 9, 2011

Lau B--
so people who can't afford it don't "deserve" to eat?

9:40AM PDT on May 7, 2011

These people always seem to forget - Everybody seems to have their reason and excuse for being "in need" of the money that somebody else expended part of their life earning. Nobody is "deserving" of somebody else's money. Nobody is being "punished" because they cannot get "enough" of somebody else's money.
To those quoting from the bible - try the Tenth Commandment - don't covet your neighbor's property.
Your neighbors expended a part of their life earning that property, money, whatever. You have no right to that part of their life.

9:42AM PDT on May 6, 2011

I have a decent paying job and by the time most of the bills are paid, I have no money for food. But, I can't get food stamps. I know a family of 3 (one is a 3 year old) that gets over $500 a month in food stamps. They eat much better than I do!!. The adults are able bodied people who could work -if they would. They always have enough money for beer and cigs. They should have their amount cut WAY down and give the majority to the retired that really need it. I do not believe the 'background' checks that are done are worth the time used for them.What a disgusting system!!!!!!!!!

9:17AM PDT on May 6, 2011

Put your money where your mouths are, Republicans. Show the way! How do you make it on what people currently receiving food stamps live on?

8:18PM PDT on May 5, 2011

p.s. I often had socalled "designer" clothes when I was on food stamps - how? Because then, before & now I got ALL of my clothes, except underpants, from thrift stores, bag sales and garage sales. I had a system for acing bag sales. All the other women I knew who needed food stamps helped each other get clothes that way and passed on clothes to each other. Just one of the many survival skills needed to keep clothes on your kids' backs and shoes on their feed when your wages are too low, your child support isn't happening, and your kids are growing each and every day. Now I need to shop the same way because I'm on Social Security "retirement" [sic!] and I'm also disabled so I haven't had a real fulltime job for a few years now, after having been the victim of violent crime. [NOT my fault so don't try to blame my disabilities on me either, rightwing morons.] So much blame and shame is thrown at poor women - we are treated the same way that women were treated during the witch hunts of the Inquisition. Cruel powerful rich people hate poor women so much - while those rich people are calling themselves "Christians." What a sick joke.

8:12PM PDT on May 5, 2011

I have been both a food-stamp recipient - when I was unable to get child support from my ex-husband - and then later I was a food-stamp worker during the Reagan years, when so many deadly cutbacks went into place throughout our nation. If these stats say that one in seven USA folks use food stamps then that means that so many more need them & can't get them for many reasons e.g. being just a few or even just one dollar over the income/resources limit. And others don't get food stamps because they have been treated *SO* badly in past experiences with 'entitlement' programs as to prefer not to come in and deal with being treated like a criminal just for being poor. There are so many stories I could tell. But the primary story is that the RICH are the ones who are REALLY on welfare. Big business gets the biggest handouts - not poor people - and definitely not innocent kids who have no choice and no fault in their parent/s being poor.

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