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More Hunger to Stamp Out? Record Number Use Food Stamps

Thanks to the official recession, more Americans have fallen into the federal safety net using food stamps in record numbers. In September, 31.5 million Americans participated in the antihunger program, bringing the total to one in 10 Americans, and up 17 percent from the previous year.

Food stamps users received $100 a month to purchase food. To qualify for food stamps a household cannot have more than $2,000 in resources, including cash, bank accounts, or other property (usually not including land or vehicles). The government also imposes income limits. But the program isn't designed to just fill hungry stomachs — the USDA estimates that every $5 in benefits creates $9 in economic activity.

Earlier this year Congress approved spending $5.4 billion over the next 10 years on food stamps, the equivalent of just over one week in Iraq. Considering more and more Americans are relying on food stamps, this seems like a wise investment.

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Sugarblonde Sugarblonde 8 years
Given economic hard times, it would make sense for food stamp numbers to go up. I just am always on the fence about food stamps - I've seen them abused like anything else, so it's hard to gauge how much the problem really is. I just wish they did a thorough scrub of them system and had more stringent audits and investigations into any that are abusing.
StolzeMama StolzeMama 8 years
Your Mom sounds amazing Jessie! I wish more people were like her.
Jessiebanana Jessiebanana 8 years
And no one should waste a meal a pack on something as disgusting and harmful as cigarettes, but thats my personal pet peeve.
Jessiebanana Jessiebanana 8 years
Most of the people who qualify for food stamps have children. The problem with writing them off as irresponsible, even if they are, is that it isn't them who will suffer if you cut off their food stamps, it is their children. Now we could take their children away, but that would cost more then giving them food stamps to buy food. Now my mother was a single mother who was supporting financially two mentally disabled children and two of my sisters children, who I helped raise. We weren't always on food stamps, but sometimes we were. I never felt ashamed because I knew my mother was making extraordinary sacrifices so that my sisters and niece and nephew could have a better life. I never felt anything but proud of her. We never had a new car, we bought from thrift stores exclusively and we only got presents during Christmas and Birthdays and we still only got 1 or 2. She was the pillar of responsibility.
Jessiebanana Jessiebanana 8 years
Most of the people who qualify for food stamps have children. The problem with writing them off as irresponsible, even if they are, is that it isn't them who will suffer if you cut off their food stamps, it is their children. Now we could take their children away, but that would cost more then giving them food stamps to buy food.Now my mother was a single mother who was supporting financially two mentally disabled children and two of my sisters children, who I helped raise. We weren't always on food stamps, but sometimes we were. I never felt ashamed because I knew my mother was making extraordinary sacrifices so that my sisters and niece and nephew could have a better life. I never felt anything but proud of her. We never had a new car, we bought from thrift stores exclusively and we only got presents during Christmas and Birthdays and we still only got 1 or 2. She was the pillar of responsibility.
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
I feel I am constitutionally entitled to cake and icing. Didn't Marie Antoinette say something along those lines? ;)
organicsugr organicsugr 8 years
"You're not the only one who pays taxes - a lot of welfare recipients were taxpayers before things went wrong. If you can deny poor people cigarettes because it's your tax money, I've got a couple of things I think the Pentagon should do without. And if we're talking about cracking down on people who abuse the system or waste tax dollars, the Pentagon has as much to answer for as any actual welfare queen you can produce." Now we're talking. So let's cut our ridiculous defense budget, entitlement programs, and then we'll move on to unnecessary government agencies that have historically have a poor record of completeing their job like the FDA, Department of Education, and Federal Reserve.
organicsugr organicsugr 8 years
"You're not the only one who pays taxes - a lot of welfare recipients were taxpayers before things went wrong. If you can deny poor people cigarettes because it's your tax money, I've got a couple of things I think the Pentagon should do without. And if we're talking about cracking down on people who abuse the system or waste tax dollars, the Pentagon has as much to answer for as any actual welfare queen you can produce."Now we're talking. So let's cut our ridiculous defense budget, entitlement programs, and then we'll move on to unnecessary government agencies that have historically have a poor record of completeing their job like the FDA, Department of Education, and Federal Reserve.
StolzeMama StolzeMama 8 years
You can buy your own cake and icing... sorry... food stamps are to make sure you aren't hungry. I don't see how cake and icing is stamping out hunger!! Cake and icing I would not consider a right I think it would be fair to outlaw certain things, as they do with the WIC program. They already don't allow soda on food stamps, why can't they add potato chips, candy bars and ice cream to that. And Steph fine, the pentagon needs to shave things. I am not arguing one bit, I'm a small government kind of girl. Doesn't mean that I should have to pay for someone to smoke. And honestly I don't care if they pay taxes too. I get it, you fall on hard times, but when that happens you have to make sacrifices. I can easily lose my jobs and have to go on food stamps, but I would be absolutely FINE with not getting sugary sweets and people making sure I am spending the money where it should be spent.
StolzeMama StolzeMama 8 years
You can buy your own cake and icing... sorry... food stamps are to make sure you aren't hungry. I don't see how cake and icing is stamping out hunger!! Cake and icing I would not consider a rightI think it would be fair to outlaw certain things, as they do with the WIC program. They already don't allow soda on food stamps, why can't they add potato chips, candy bars and ice cream to that. And Steph fine, the pentagon needs to shave things. I am not arguing one bit, I'm a small government kind of girl. Doesn't mean that I should have to pay for someone to smoke. And honestly I don't care if they pay taxes too. I get it, you fall on hard times, but when that happens you have to make sacrifices. I can easily lose my jobs and have to go on food stamps, but I would be absolutely FINE with not getting sugary sweets and people making sure I am spending the money where it should be spent.
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 8 years
I knew someone would destroy our reasoning Jude! ;) You are right of course lil. Although I wish I was only allowed to buy healthy foods. No more chips!
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 8 years
I knew someone would destroy our reasoning Jude! ;)You are right of course lil. Although I wish I was only allowed to buy healthy foods. No more chips!
liliblu liliblu 8 years
Healthy foods only? Who decides what's healthy? Will they be allowed meat? If so what types? You know ground beef can be made into hamburgers and sloopy joes. :( I guess we could require the meat to at least 80% lean and no more than 20% fat. More expensive but better for you. Those on food stamps should probably also be made to buy organic, even though it costs more too. It's healthier. Make sure parents on food stamps know that they can't buy cake mix or icing on their kid's birthday. Cake and icing is fatting and full of sugar :cry: . I can't get behind something like that. It seems like taking a parental role with people who have fallen on hard times. The people I know who use food stamps are worried about price. They try to have enough to last the month because they can't afford to replace what runs out. They are not scammers and crooks.
liliblu liliblu 8 years
Healthy foods only? Who decides what's healthy? Will they be allowed meat? If so what types? You know ground beef can be made into hamburgers and sloopy joes. :( I guess we could require the meat to at least 80% lean and no more than 20% fat. More expensive but better for you. Those on food stamps should probably also be made to buy organic, even though it costs more too. It's healthier. Make sure parents on food stamps know that they can't buy cake mix or icing on their kid's birthday. Cake and icing is fatting and full of sugar :cry: . I can't get behind something like that. It seems like taking a parental role with people who have fallen on hard times. The people I know who use food stamps are worried about price. They try to have enough to last the month because they can't afford to replace what runs out. They are not scammers and crooks.
stephley stephley 8 years
You're not the only one who pays taxes - a lot of welfare recipients were taxpayers before things went wrong. If you can deny poor people cigarettes because it's your tax money, I've got a couple of things I think the Pentagon should do without. And if we're talking about cracking down on people who abuse the system or waste tax dollars, the Pentagon has as much to answer for as any actual welfare queen you can produce.
StolzeMama StolzeMama 8 years
"Yeah, cuz that kind of behavior will bankrupt the country and poor people shouldn't be allowed to have unhealthy stress outlets." Nope, they are not allowed to have those if I am paying for their food. Sorry!!! You can do whatever you want, but not on my dime. Even worse than cigs is a great deal of people I have known in my life spend a lot more on their weed than their food. So mandatory drug tests for anyone who is on food stamps, and I totally agree with making it only healthy food they should be able to get. No Ice Cream/candy bars/chips in particular. I like the idea of WIC and think it should be spread to more people versus regular food stamps. And the greatest invention EVER is the debit card for food stamps, because I have know several people who would buy a 25 cent candy and get the 75 cents back and save it to buy alcohol/cigs. It is unfortunate that the many that abuse the system hurt the few that need truly it.
StolzeMama StolzeMama 8 years
"Yeah, cuz that kind of behavior will bankrupt the country and poor people shouldn't be allowed to have unhealthy stress outlets."Nope, they are not allowed to have those if I am paying for their food. Sorry!!! You can do whatever you want, but not on my dime.Even worse than cigs is a great deal of people I have known in my life spend a lot more on their weed than their food. So mandatory drug tests for anyone who is on food stamps, and I totally agree with making it only healthy food they should be able to get. No Ice Cream/candy bars/chips in particular. I like the idea of WIC and think it should be spread to more people versus regular food stamps. And the greatest invention EVER is the debit card for food stamps, because I have know several people who would buy a 25 cent candy and get the 75 cents back and save it to buy alcohol/cigs. It is unfortunate that the many that abuse the system hurt the few that need truly it.
kranky kranky 8 years
UD-Good luck on your show! (Didn't know you had one - what's it about if you get a chance?)
kranky kranky 8 years
UD- Good luck on your show! (Didn't know you had one - what's it about if you get a chance?)
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
yeah, cuz that kind of irresponsibility should not be tolerated.:wave:On that note, I probably won't be on all weekend, as this weekend is the opening for my show. Have a great weekend all, and I'll see you on Monday!
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
yeah, cuz that kind of irresponsibility should not be tolerated. :wave: On that note, I probably won't be on all weekend, as this weekend is the opening for my show. Have a great weekend all, and I'll see you on Monday!
momma-tikita momma-tikita 8 years
Its sad to say but a lot of people do NEED food stamps and there are a lot of people who dont really need it.
stephley stephley 8 years
Yeah, cuz that kind of behavior will bankrupt the country and poor people shouldn't be allowed to have unhealthy stress outlets.
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
Yes, but people shouldn't be allowed to have food stamps, and then spend $4+ per pack on cigarettes.
stephley stephley 8 years
I think we should be careful about judging people on food stamps: there will always be some people who lie their way through the system (people who couldn't find jobs on Wall Street?) but most people do actually need the help. Budgeting classes would be fine, but they apparently need to be offered to business owners and bankers as well. Just because you've been able to take care of yourself so far does not guarantee you always will. Sh*t happens.
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