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Food stamps: More Americans Keep Signing Up
Christian Science Monitor ^ | January 12, 2011 | By SoldAtTheTop

Posted on 01/25/2011 9:56:55 AM PST by Son House

Food stamps went to an additional 290,000 recipients in October, a federal survey shows.
As a logical consequence of the prolonged economic downturn it appears that participation in the federal food stamp program is continuing to rise.

In fact, household participation has been climbing so steadily that it has far surpassed the last peak set as a result of the immediate fallout following hurricane Katrina.

The latest data released by the Department of Agriculture shows that in October, an additional 289,737 new recipients were added to the food stamps program, an increase of 14.67% on a year-over-year basis, while household participation increased 16.98%.

Individual participation as a ratio of the overall civilian non-institutional population has increased 13.72% over the same period.

These results confirm that participation is continuing it's explosive climb, likely as a result of the jump in total unemployment, driving the nominal benefit costs up an lofty 13.95% on a year-over-year basis to $5,778,387,682 for the month.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: economy; food; preparedness; signing; stamps
The graph is so telling, thank goodness the TEA party is actually out doing the things that are actually going to improve economic conditions for these folks to get jobs.
1 posted on 01/25/2011 9:56:59 AM PST by Son House
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To: Son House

Does the Food Stamps credit card have a “666” on it?


2 posted on 01/25/2011 9:58:58 AM PST by donna (Imagine...women who honor men enough not to tempt them.)
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To: Son House
Instead of money send them Jennie Craig food packages. At least that will not turn in to fat....
3 posted on 01/25/2011 9:59:46 AM PST by Dem Guard (Obama's 57 States = The Organization of The Islamic Conference (OIC).)
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To: Son House

I might be the only one, but I think there should be lots of negative stigma attached to food stamps. The debit card look alike is too easy.

I know a few college grads who are on food stamps because they refuse to get paying jobs and instead do things like theatre for/with the homeless or some other service for other people on food stamps. It’s absurd.


4 posted on 01/25/2011 10:05:47 AM PST by Feline_AIDS (A gun in hand is better than a cop on the phone.)
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To: donna

I may qualify for F-stamps someday but I swear my family and I will eat tree-bark soup instead. There is nothing that would get me to accept that stinking program’s help.


5 posted on 01/25/2011 10:07:27 AM PST by Monterrosa-24 (...even more American than a French bikini and a Russian AK-47.)
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To: Son House

The easier they make it for people to get them the more people will. I think they should print each one out on 8x11 paper in bright hunters orange that has to be signed by the cashier.

Don’t let people hide behind a card swipe, make them announce to the world that the people standing behind them in line with a checkbook or cash they earned are the ones feeding their fat butts.

Many wouldn’t care as along as they get what they want, but a bunch of those who are borderline would probably drop them if their friends knew they were using them.

How about that idea... Make public the names of everyone who is using them with a city by city searchable database. I bet a whole bunch of soccer moms who don’t declare their full income to become eligible will drop them so fast your head will spin.


6 posted on 01/25/2011 10:25:01 AM PST by Abathar (Proudly posting without reading the article carefully since 2004)
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To: Son House

You live a rich and full fantasy life; what makes you think these people want jobs? My city is so full of deadbeats on welfare/unemployment/food stamps and gov’t housing that it’s gotten difficult to drive around during the day time. The streets are littered with crap mobiles being driven at speeds 5 to 15 miles per hour below the speedlimit by people stonned on pot, driving from HUD apt. complex to HUD apt.complex to score more weed or to sell a stash, then it’s off to the convenience store to buy lotto tickets, cigarettes and beer. And of course, if you’re low on cash, just don the ski mask, grab the shotgun and hit the nearest liquor store or convenience store for cash and goodies. With a ski mask and a shotgun, every small store is your personal ATM!


7 posted on 01/25/2011 10:44:07 AM PST by Rich21IE
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To: Abathar

Don’t let people hide behind a card swipe

They can’t. I can tell just by looking in their full carts they are gonna pay with an ebt card. Noone else shops the way food stamp people do nor are their carts as full.


8 posted on 01/25/2011 10:46:51 AM PST by sheana
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To: Son House

WHY spend money on food if somone else is going to be forced to buy it for you? If you don’t have to pay for your food, you can then use your money for more important things like beer, pet food, lotto tickets, cable TV, cigarettes, fancy cell phones, nail salons, and dope (to name just a few)


9 posted on 01/25/2011 10:48:59 AM PST by from occupied ga (Your most dangerous enemy is your own government,)
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To: Rich21IE

It was a conversation, among young mothers obviously collecting benefits, of how you can get a 3 bedroom apartment but they don’t give you enough money to, that I had overheard, contrasted that State of the Union that inspired me to post a food stamp article.

I just think it’s not hopeless for some of these folks, but they have to be inspired to see how good an opportunity they have to change their lives for the better and go to work for themselves.


10 posted on 01/25/2011 10:58:37 AM PST by Son House (Every Moment of Everyday, You Can Make A Difference! Teach Conservatism!)
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To: from occupied ga

Yep,
Minn. bill aims to restrict use of welfare cards
http://www.kttc.com/Global/story.asp?S=13885872
“The bill from Sen. Doug Magnus and Rep. Kurt Daudt would prohibit withdrawing cash or buying tobacco, alcohol or lottery tickets with the cards. It would also ban their use outside Minnesota and require users to show photo ID.

Magnus says he wants to stop abuse of the cards, which contain both federal food stamp benefits and state cash assistance for those on the Minnesota Family Investment Program.

Democratic Rep. Jeff Hayden says the proposal would punish the poor and could make it harder for people to look for work if they couldn’t get cash for bus fare or child care.”


11 posted on 01/25/2011 11:04:26 AM PST by Son House (Every Moment of Everyday, You Can Make A Difference! Teach Conservatism!)
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To: Son House

Why is the moniker “food stamps” still used? Recipients get a Government debit card...after all, you have to protect their pride and privacy...

But the large numbers signing up for the program just prove that the economy is NOT improving at the fundamental level, and demonstrates what the LEFT desire anyway - and that is to create dependents of everyone.


12 posted on 01/25/2011 11:15:32 AM PST by TheBattman (They exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature...)
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To: Monterrosa-24

Who knows what’s going on:

Food stamp fraud tied to terror cases?
Brothers Mohamed and Omar Sufi in custody

Friday, 13 Aug 2010

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.
“I just remember the SWAT team coming in here - or whatever they were that day - and they took away their food stamp machine and credit card and that was enough to put them out of business.”
http://www.woodtv.com/dpp/news/local/kent_county/Feds-alerted-to-food-stamp-scam-in-2008


13 posted on 01/25/2011 11:23:35 AM PST by donna (Imagine...women who honor men enough not to tempt them.)
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To: Rich21IE

This discussion reminds me of some of my father’s rather blunt rants... before he moved from a minority & financially distressed town to where he is now, he would complain every time he went to the grocery store... when he would be in line near or behind someone paying with the old-style food stamps - proudly buying a cart full of items he didn’t even purchase for himself (high-end meats and all name-brand canned foods), then watch them load their cart(s)-full of expensive groceries into the trunk of their late-model Cadillac or other expensive automobile that was parked out front in the fire lane...

He would be steaming mad. And then I began noticing not only what he did - but those who would go through the checkout line - pay for a cart full of groceries, then whip out a big roll of cash to pay for the 2nd cart full of beer and cartons of cigarettes...

Growing up, I gained an appreciation for generics, and later, store branded products - as a legitimate means of stretching the $. As an adult, and as a father with a modest income, these lessons continue to pay dividends. Yet many public assistance recipients completely lack such reasoning. They fill carts full of the most expensive, brand-name, foods- along with the more “prime” cuts of meat instead of the less expensive varieties - thus spending more, and feeding less...

And we won’t even go into the movement now to require recipients of social help to undergo drug testing...


14 posted on 01/25/2011 11:26:51 AM PST by TheBattman (They exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature...)
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To: Abathar

Economically speaking, demand is infinite for free goods.


15 posted on 01/25/2011 11:35:36 AM PST by PGR88
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To: Monterrosa-24
I may qualify for F-stamps someday but I swear my family and I will eat tree-bark soup instead. There is nothing that would get me to accept that stinking program’s help.

I admire your self-respect. But to understand the Food Stamp Program, ask yourself this question - if some idiot decided he was going to fly over your town in a helicopter and dump $100 bills, would you go out and try to pick some up?

16 posted on 01/25/2011 11:39:11 AM PST by PGR88
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To: Feline_AIDS

I never knew they had little cards that looked like debit cards until I pushed that button on the little machine you run the card through.

I thought EBT meant “Electronic Bank Transfer”-like from my debit card. I thought it was the same thing as an EFT(Electronic Fund Transfer).

Hubby heard on the news this morning about how the government is going to stop funding tattoo removal in our state. He was outraged and couldn’t believe something like that was even funded in the first place.

A lot of people hear about stuff like that and probably feel like suckers for working.

We try not to watch the news a lot anymore. It raises our blood pressure too much.


17 posted on 01/25/2011 11:51:15 AM PST by Califreak (November 2008 proved that Idiocracy isn't just a movie anymore)
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To: Son House

I don’t have a problem helping those that CANNOT work,the elderly primarily. It’s those that WILL NOT work that really chap my hide. Why should someone’s laziness be rewarded with my tax dollars? I work hard to pay my own way, everyone else should, too. A temporary hand up for some experiencing a rough patch is one thing. A permanent hand out for the lazy and shiftless is quite a different thing altogether.

Call me cruel and heartless, I don’t care. It’s taking all I have to take care of me and mine. Everyone else should do the same.


18 posted on 01/25/2011 11:58:57 AM PST by bigredkitty1 (March 5,2010. Rest in peace, sweet boy. I will miss you, Big Red.)
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To: Califreak

Has anyone else started to see the “EBT accepted here” signs in the windows of restaurants and pizza places?

So, I not only pay for my own pizza, I’m paying for the next guy’s as well.


19 posted on 01/25/2011 12:01:05 PM PST by MrB (The difference between a (de)humanist and a Satanist is that the latter knows who he's working for.)
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To: bigredkitty1

If you examine how things are trending with gov’t programs,
you’ll see that they are gradually and intentionally making it HARDER
for those who “cannot” work, who actually do need some help, to get it,

while they are making it EASIER for those who WILL NOT work to get on the programs.


20 posted on 01/25/2011 12:02:33 PM PST by MrB (The difference between a (de)humanist and a Satanist is that the latter knows who he's working for.)
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To: TheBattman
the large numbers signing up for the program just prove that the economy is NOT improving at the fundamental level and demonstrates what the LEFT desire anyway - and that is to create dependents of everyone

Spot on, and qualifies for Free Republic post of the day.
21 posted on 01/25/2011 12:04:42 PM PST by Son House (Every Moment of Everyday, You Can Make A Difference! Teach Conservatism!)
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To: TheBattman
They fill carts full of the most expensive, brand-name, foods- along with the more “prime” cuts of meat instead of the less expensive varieties - thus spending more, and feeding less...

Spot on, and qualifies for Free Republic post of the day too. Had to know today was going to be a good for drilling home good points.
22 posted on 01/25/2011 12:09:23 PM PST by Son House (Every Moment of Everyday, You Can Make A Difference! Teach Conservatism!)
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To: Son House

I believe that tobacco and alcohol purchases are already prohibited. Unfortunately, when you free up the food money by having someone else pay then the recipients cash goes for fripperies. You can tell and EBT person if they’ve split their groceries into a pile of food type items (and only the best of cuts) and then have a giant bag of dog food, and a couple of twelve packs of beer in a separate pile. Not everyone using an EBT card does this, but almost everyone who does this has an EBT card. Personally I think that if someone is mooching off my money then they damn well should not have a pet or drink beer.


23 posted on 01/25/2011 12:11:07 PM PST by from occupied ga (Your most dangerous enemy is your own government,)
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To: PGR88

The pissiness on this thread is shocking! We’re not talking about the people who are forever on food stamps, but many people who have never been on them before. We’re in a serious recession (some might call it a depression). The TOTUS has declared a war on business, thus jobs. I’m pretty sure that many of the new recipients are people shocked to find themselves in need of such help.


24 posted on 01/25/2011 12:11:22 PM PST by Patriotic1 (Dic mihi solum facta, domina - Just the facts, ma'am)
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To: bigredkitty1

Yes, not to mention they won’t appreciate it if they haven’t worked for it; or that the hand-out steals their future value and self worth.


25 posted on 01/25/2011 12:14:55 PM PST by Son House (Every Moment of Everyday, You Can Make A Difference! Teach Conservatism!)
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To: MrB

Didn’t I see that at a gas station too? We Accept...


26 posted on 01/25/2011 12:17:26 PM PST by Son House (Every Moment of Everyday, You Can Make A Difference! Teach Conservatism!)
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To: Patriotic1
We’re not talking about the people who are forever on food stamps, but many people who have never been on them before

Even worse. The welfare roles are growing, and with every dollar handed out without having any labor exchanged for it, the incentive of the "unemployed" to actually look for work lessens. Why work when you can get what you want without working?

Atlanta got a batch of Katrina people, and 24 months after the storm there were still 70,000 families (mostly singly mother famblies) from New Orleans still in taxpayer funded housing.

27 posted on 01/25/2011 12:21:38 PM PST by from occupied ga (Your most dangerous enemy is your own government,)
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To: Son House

I wouldn’t doubt it.
You can probably buy a super slurpee, a 100 mile dog, and a bag of chips on your EBT.


28 posted on 01/25/2011 12:23:22 PM PST by MrB (The difference between a (de)humanist and a Satanist is that the latter knows who he's working for.)
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To: Patriotic1
The TOTUS has declared a war on business, thus jobs. I’m pretty sure that many of the new recipients are people shocked to find themselves in need of such help.

You make a good point. But on the other hand, the trajectory of spending on all entitlement programs is UP. The demand for free stuff is always unlimited. I would bet you $100 that Food Stamp spending does not decline much, or at all, when recovery comes.

29 posted on 01/25/2011 12:23:51 PM PST by PGR88
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To: Patriotic1
The naivete’ on this thread is shocking.
30 posted on 01/25/2011 12:26:56 PM PST by jwalsh07
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To: jwalsh07

Well do make your point good. How many folks did spend and mortgage and second mortgage and credit card way beyond what would have been reasonably within their budgets?


31 posted on 01/25/2011 12:38:19 PM PST by Son House (Every Moment of Everyday, You Can Make A Difference! Teach Conservatism!)
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To: MrB

I know. It’s one thing to buy the elderly a loaf of bread, a jug of milk and a few cans of stuff to keep them from going hungry. It’s quite different to see multiple shopping carts filled to overflowing with high end foodstuffs for individuals who could stand to lose a pound or fifty.


32 posted on 01/25/2011 12:56:51 PM PST by bigredkitty1 (March 5,2010. Rest in peace, sweet boy. I will miss you, Big Red.)
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To: bigredkitty1
Never seen anyone with an EBT card do this,

I know. It’s one thing to buy the elderly a loaf of bread, a jug of milk and a few cans of stuff to keep them from going hungry.

but, I see this all the time.

see multiple shopping carts filled to overflowing with high end foodstuffs for individuals who could stand to lose a pound or fifty

Also see one cart for the food and another for the beer (usually a couple of twelve packs or a couple of cases) and dog food (always the biggest bag).

33 posted on 01/25/2011 1:09:05 PM PST by from occupied ga (Your most dangerous enemy is your own government,)
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To: TheBattman

The year was 1997. My son was 2 yrs old, my first husband was 30 and dying of lung cancer. He was unable to work and we were financially wrung out and getting by on disability payments from his employer. I was a stay at home mom who took care of the boy, the hubby, and everything else. We needed help and our families could not subsidize our household. I got qualified for WIC vouchers for our son. Great thing, made it a whole lot easier to buy nutritious food for the child. One problem, the vouchers required, seriously REQUIRED, us to purchase the more expensive name brand items. The list of brands was printed right on the voucher. I could have gotten 3 times as much of the same product if I had been allowed to get the generic. I suspect that food stamp programs might impose similar restrictions in some cases. That does not excuse the people who are abusing the system, and it says a lot about the system itself.


34 posted on 01/25/2011 1:22:24 PM PST by madamemayhem (defeat is not getting knocked down, it is not getting back up.)
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To: jwalsh07

I am ashamed to say I felt much as they before this family spent a year of sheer hell due to being unemployed. We were lucky and came out of it, but the majority have not. The hateful posters simply have no idea what it is like. “Forgive them for they know not what they do.” Luke 23:24


35 posted on 01/25/2011 2:00:36 PM PST by publana (Beware the olive branch extended by a Dem for it disguises a clenched fist.)
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To: Son House

When you work for something, you take care of it better and hold on to it more tightly. For example: my first new car is my current 11 yr old Toyota. I was and am quite proud of it. I also take exceptional pride in the fact I have worked since I was 18 and have yet to resort to any form of assistance. I am currently(cough, cough 42).


36 posted on 01/25/2011 2:00:46 PM PST by bigredkitty1 (March 5,2010. Rest in peace, sweet boy. I will miss you, Big Red.)
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To: Son House; PJ-Comix

Where do I get mine? I can’t wait to give Peej the business about my FREE stuff! And I don’t have to shop at Walgreen’s for bread!


37 posted on 01/25/2011 2:07:36 PM PST by Cyber Liberty (We conservatives will always lose elections as long as we allow the MSM to choose our candidates.)
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To: from occupied ga

Sadly, you are correct.


38 posted on 01/25/2011 3:14:16 PM PST by bigredkitty1 (March 5,2010. Rest in peace, sweet boy. I will miss you, Big Red.)
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To: jwalsh07; kabar
Both sides of the political spectrum have more than their fair share of 'useful idiots'.

Those on the left believe in the efficacy of socialism, and consider prior failures as evidence merely of improper implementation.

Then we have those on the right who, if you can believe this, apparently think government programs are perhaps merely mismanaged. Like Charlie Brown, they keep stepping up to kick the football, never suspecting that there never has been, and never will be, any intention other than gaming the system.

Kabar, I'm talking to you buddy. Your bleetings about the GOP agreeing to raise the debt ceiling, subject to 'certain reasonable conditions', is why financial traders keep rolling in the dough. Just bet on the sucker (in this case, the US citizen) losing every time.

39 posted on 01/25/2011 3:33:17 PM PST by semantic
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To: sheana
"They can’t. I can tell just by looking in their full carts they are gonna pay with an ebt card. Noone else shops the way food stamp people do nor are their carts as full."

Interesting. I'm not on any kind of welfare while getting huge amounts of groceries during shopping excursions. ...saves money on fuel, etc., and time. But we have noticed welfare recipients (unemployed corporate/government women, guessing from their dress, mannerisms and vehicles) buying small amounts of convenience items.


40 posted on 01/25/2011 4:38:59 PM PST by familyop (cbt. engr. (cbt), NG, '89-' 96, Duncan Hunter or no-vote.)
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To: publana
"The hateful posters simply have no idea what it is like."

That's because most of them get their income directly or indirectly (service so-called "industry") from various levels of government. They eat and defecate debts and tax revenues. There's very little useful manufacturing happening in this country.

But they will know what it's like, while many of the poorer folks here will continue to struggle on without welfare, having cut costs and found just enough work to sustain themselves. Tomorrow, after the revenue-suckers are down where they belong, hard working techs. and tradesmen will rule.


41 posted on 01/25/2011 4:46:01 PM PST by familyop (cbt. engr. (cbt), NG, '89-' 96, Duncan Hunter or no-vote.)
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To: semantic
Kabar, I'm talking to you buddy. Your bleetings about the GOP agreeing to raise the debt ceiling, subject to 'certain reasonable conditions', is why financial traders keep rolling in the dough. Just bet on the sucker (in this case, the US citizen) losing every time.

Reality is a bitch. I said that we have no choice but to raise the debt ceiling but it has to be done with strings attached. There is no way we can balance the budget in a few months. We have a $3.6 trillion budget. About $2.4 trillion is spent on the entitlement programs and debt servicing costs. We only take in $2.2 trillion in total tax revenue. Everything else is borrowed, including the funding of DOD and the rest of the government.

I believe in being realistic and not creating unrealistic expectations.

42 posted on 01/25/2011 6:43:12 PM PST by kabar
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