Skip to comments.Waiting for midnight, hungry families on food stamps give Walmart 'enormous spike'
Posted on 11/28/2011 1:37:21 PM PST by Nachum
At the stroke of midnight, a growing number of Americans are lining up at Walmart not to cash in on a holiday sale, but because theyre hungry. The increasing number of Americans relying on food stamps to survive the sluggish economic recovery has changed the way the largest retailer in the United States does business. Carol Johnston, Walmarts senior vice president of store development, said that store managers have seen an enormous spike in the number of consumers shopping at midnight on the first of the month. Thats typically when those receiving federal food assistance have their accounts refilled each
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As do companies like Drake’s, Hostess, and Frito-Lay.
As do companies like Drake’s, Hostess, and Frito-Lay.
My guess is that they’re buying up the saleable commodities that they can get cash for. Then taking the cash for drugs. At least the ones that show up at midnight on the last day of the month. Most of the ones I see using EBT cards at Wally World are so damned fat, they couldn’t be starving. Only the druggies come out at night.
Two people and a child should be able to eat quite nicely on $170.00 a week if they stick to staples and real food
WHILE ON FOODSTAMPS!!!
I make what most would consider a good income, and I shop sales ALL the time. I spend about $225-$250 a month for 2 people. And I feel I eat pretty darn good.
Bacon or sausage and eggs for breakfast, maybe pancakes or homemade waffles w/ real maple syrup. A fair amount of beef and pork roasts (which I love). A handful of skillet dishes with ground beef. Minute steaks or round steaks.
I bought 1/2 a cow in the spring for $4 a lb.
$4 is expensive hamburger or chuck roast, but its real cheap porterhouse and sirloin.
I buy maple syrup by the gallon up in Wisconsin. $38 for a gallon vs $17 for a quart in the store. Tastes better too.
I've got lazy, worthless relatives who play the welfare system. They get food stamps AND rotate through the area food banks each month.
I shop by whats on sale and cook what I have on hand. (Most of the time I can eat what I want, because I already have on hand what I need. All bought on sale)
First I work to make the money. Then I work again, shopping the sales, to get the most of MY MONEY.
Of course, I guess you could say that "working" the handout system is work also.
well, now I know when to not go shopping at WalMart.
Sounds like some hellish mix of an OWS encampment, an illegal alien border crossing and the line outside the local welfare office, all rolled into on.
I read a story few weeks ago about the rationing of stamps back during depression, WW2. It was required to keep all the stamps in the book, could not be torn out before hand. Then you had to present your ID along with the stamps at the cashier. That is how they prevented fraud.
Now they have EBT cards that my gosh, even work in Casino’s.
There are state programs where the kids can get breakfast and lunch at school for free.
There are 30 days in a month x 3 meals a day= 90 meals per person, per month.
5 days a week in school x 4 weeks a month= 20 days a month x 2 meals= 40 meals per person, per month, free from school
At the buffet?
Excellent question. An appalling number have the kids with them, usually inadequately dressed for the weather. Some are undoubtedly home alone.
Saw this story this a.m. The hungry couple was using a smart phone to check when their card was funded for the month. Wonder how much the cell service monthly charge cost and how much food it would buy?
I have a friend that has a full time job, but still can’t always feed his family after bills, so he gets food stamps for his wife and 2 kids. They get $467 a month, paid to their EBT card on the 15th. They budget as best they can, but food is getting more and more expensive. I lend him money when I can so his kids can eat.
And they come in at midnight huh?
More likely that the folks who bought them at 25cents on the dollar are ensuring that they get everything off the card before it gets turned off, or while they can still find and beat down the seller.
Heard today the DNC are not going for the white voters who work but the elitists, artists, media, hollywood and the impoverished ethnic groups blacks and hispanics who are on public assitance, welfare, foodstamps and extended unemployment. SO EVERYTIME YOU HEAR THE LIAR AND CHIEF TALK ABOUT HELPING THE MIDDLECLASS............
Ok, so why doesn’t the guy find a job flipping burgers down on the corner rather than and hour and a half away? There are closer jobs he could find. And why isn’t the gal working? Obviously they have some sort of child care since they don’t have the kid with them at midnight. Why does it take both of them to shop when one could be home with the baby and save having to pay a sitter? That’s money down the drain. If there is a sitter, then the woman can get a job.
And feeding a dog? No, if you can’t feed your kid, you don’t need the dog. Sorry, but I’m not believing this. Someone is lying or is just too lazy to take responsiblity for themselves.
Besides, if you have to make the budget last the whole month, then you don’t shop at midnight on the first. You search the grocery circular every week to get the sales. Then you schedule your trips to hit the soon to expire markdowns. What are they doing buying bacon? Bacon is expen$ive. Granted, tortillas aren’t expensive but they can be made at home for nearly nothing and are way better than store bought. If this is the mentality that they’re using for other parts of their lives it’s no wonder they’re in this shape.
“... I don’t mean to be critical, but your son must not have been very hungry”.
I think you missed her point, oh8eleven. She didn’t want her son to feel like he was poor or in need. She selflessly ate the crust of the bread for her lunch so that her son could eat the sandwich they way he preferred. I had a great Aunt who was extremely poor. She would tell her family that she didn’t like the taste of meat but did like the fat. What she was doing was leaving the good protein for the children while eating the fat for herself. It’s what a good Mom does.
God bless you for that. Yes, there is a real food crisis. We know see it were we are too.
Yes, grocery prices are going up but there’s no way he’s budgeting the best he can. Don’t enable them by giving him money. Teach him to budget correctly.