Skip to comments.SNAP [Food Stamps] faces billions of dollars in cuts
Posted on 05/17/2012 8:14:29 PM PDT by DeaconBenjamin
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Melissa Booher is scared. For the last five years this mom has been able to put food on the table for her family because of food stamps.
"I honestly don't know what I'd do without them," said Booher.
But she may soon have to figure it out.
In an effort to reduce the deficit and replace what would have been a 10 percent cut to the military budget, the House of Representatives voted last week to cut the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) by $36 billion.
"That's just going to be catastrophic for working families across all of the 17 counties of North Florida that we serve," said Bruce Ganger.
Ganger is the head of the local food bank Second Harvest North Florida. This year, Congress has already forced him to cut two million pounds of food from their distribution. Now faced with this, he's unsure how he'll continue.
"It's the perfect storm if you will. There's going to be less food in the system to feed them and more demand from people who are going to need the food," he said.
"Without the SNAP benefits and without food pantries supplementing those programs, I know a lot of families would be without. It's not just myself," said Booher.
According to the Department of Children and Families, more than one in four households in Duval County rely on SNAP. Breaking that down further, that's 203,000 local children.
Ganger fears they will be put in jeopardy if these cuts aren't vetoed.
"If they really understood the issue and the impact of this solution, I believe they'd reverse the legislation," Ganger said.
According to Second Harvest, 76 percent of SNAP households include someone disabled, elderly, or a child.
The legislation is currently facing a veto threat from the White House.
Half the world lives on rice and beans. You can live on fifty cents worth of rice and beans a day, and be all the healthier for it.
Five years on food stamps? Did it ever occur to her that she needed to do more to feed her family rather than wait for Big daddy government to take care of her? Like don’t have kids if you can’t feed them....
Food stamps should be temporary, not permanent. And the parasites need to get used to it.
Another line of bullshit from the Rats and their followers to make a Republican House looking bad-—Obama’s minions are on the march until Election Day
More scare tactics by the left. Right out of their play books. Oh, the children will starve! We all know this is so much BS, if they truly need to cut(and they do) there are many places they could cut but won’t because some crony or relative might lose their job and they could use sympathy to try and get support to raise taxes.
“That’s just going to be catastrophic for working families across all of the 17 counties of North Florida that we serve,” said Bruce Ganger.”
Why are working families receiving food stamps in the first place?
Brown Rice and most beans can be purchased for under $1.00/#.
A pound of brown rice has 1600 calories and most beans are 700-900 calories/#. Add some salt and other seasonings along with a bit of meat and veggies, and vitamin tablets; and a person could eat pretty well on $2-3/day. Not saying it would be fun, but it would be healthy.
Bull****! And that's all I've got to say about that.
I've been a "working family" my whole life and never got a government handout.
I've been a "working family" my whole life and never got a government handout.
Gotta love those professional journalists and their advanced writing skills.
She wasn’t putting food on the table. Working people whose money was taken at fedgov gunpoint were being forced to put food on the leech’s table. For FIVE YEARS.
Cry me a river, LSM scum...
My aunt and uncle are elderly and disabled. They are eligible for the food bank twice a month and get about $180 in food stamps monthly. I recently found out that their oldest son, who had possession of their ATM card and food stamp card, was cleaning them out monthly. He was “in charge” of taking care of their financial affairs. Bills weren’t getting paid and they got shut off notices for their utilities. Their son was taking my uncle to the food bank, but he got into an argument with them about something and has abandoned them. I’ve been doing what I can to straighten out their affairs. Their food stamp card has been cancelled and reissued. I know their son is ticked off at me for cutting off his gravy train. He also incurred over $2400 in NSF and overdraft fees on their bank account. They had to open a different bank account and have their social security money directed into the new account.
It’s a shame how much fraud and corruption goes on. How much of it is from family members, and how much of it is identity theft or misrepresentation? There are a lot of government hand-outs available, and lots of people actually need them, especially the elderly. But there are still many people who milk the system.
So all the various state and federal unionised government social works agencies can justify their salaries and budgets, due to the ever increasing number of their needy “clients”.
A better question would be - Who is John Gault?
I dont understand this comment, how does congress effect food banks???
I hope things improve for your aunt and uncle, bless them. Here people can do to the food bank any time it’s open with no limit — you might check into that. Exploitation of the elderly by relatives and total strangers is very common, unfortunately.
Here in Hollywood CA there is a large banner about the Hollywood Market festival and in big letters ‘EBT ACCEPTED’..
Now how the heck am I going to feel sympathy when almost every burger joint accepts EBT? Most of the mexicans in front of me in line at the store were swiping their cards like they won the lottery and they dress in Abercrombie attire.
I believe by budgeting funds that end up being disbursed (or not) as grants.
Yeah, that's another California insanity.
Guess I missed what DAD is doing to fix the situation.../s
Like Lysistrata, the females of this nation have the power to end the need for most welfare.
I have tried to help a few normal people through the maze they get sent on when they try to claim the disability or retirement benefits we all think our payroll taxes are dedicated to provide for honest taxpaying citizens.
Yeah, no, that does not ever happen.
Our government depends upon massive fraud, waste and abuse to continue operating at the levels to which they have become accustomed.
Time to reset.
AH SO!!! didn’t think of the old block grants
I grew up on pinto beans and fried potatoes.
I still get upset when I think about what congress pays itself and spend money on stupid stuff like presidential Easter eggs. I say they should cut their salaries and expenses and staff by 10% then they can start cutting elsewhere.
i see riots.......
I grew up on pinto beans and fried potatoes.”
We didn’t have pinto beans but we had plenty of fried potatoes with wiener gravy for dinner. My mom canned all summer so in the winter we would have the potatoes and gravy with a home grown veggie and homemade cornbread or biscuits. We always had desert too - one homemade cookie, a big spoon full of bread pudding or a very small piece of white cake. Really wasn’t too bad and I don’t recall ever being hungry. My mom always worked but she spent a lot of time in the kitchen in the evening and weekends and everyone knew how to cook.
Listen we’ve got this god awful obesity epidemic due to hit the US in 2030. Now is the time to start pulling the food away from the potential fatties. BACK AWAY FROM THE BUFFET BEFORE YOU BECOME TOO FAT. The US government can no longer finance obesity. THE TIME IS NOW TO START THE DIET!!! /sarcasm
Many, many, many people on snap don’t have a kitchen or access to cooking facilities.
How come? How many? If they moved out of New York City to the midwest, they could maybe find a job and an apartment with a kitchen....right?
Because poverty statistics are calculated based on income only. Non-cash benefits from government are not considered. So, someone can have a small income and be receiving free or subsidized housing, food stamps, health care, utilities, and even a “free” cell phone, and still be counted as living in poverty. Now someone who has all his basic necessities provided by taxpayers may be poor, by some reckoning, but I don’t think it counts as poverty, do you?
Fourth generation welfare families in places like Chicago, Philadelphia, St. Louis, and etc... will be pleased to focus on their health.
“how does congress effect food banks???”
The Democrat Congress took away the tax breaks companies got for Charitable donations to food banks.
The EPA put in new regulations forbidding food banks from distributing expired foods. Donated prepared foods can no longer be distributed by food banks, and must be thrown away.
The common thread here is GUBMENT INTERFERENCE....
Idiot move by the House. There’s all kinds of programs that should be cut first that cost taxpayers billions. But no, they had to go for the entitlement that feeds millions in a recession. Smart move. /s
I do have to agree with that.
As my son said, “Men will usually just keep pushing the boundaries until someone tells them to stop. That’s why God made women.”
When did we (women) lower our expectations to practically zilch? When did we quit saying “stop”?
“I honestly don’t know what I’d do without them,” said Booher.
hmmm... you could.. I don’t know.. GET A JOB!
Many, many, many people on snap dont have a kitchen or access to cooking facilities.
seriously??? I’m NOT buying that line of dribble. If they can get snap, they can get housing.
They might CHOSE not to have a kitchen, or they are to lazy to use one if provided. But no way in hell am I buying the “many many many”
I am sure you could find one. But I could find 1000 that don’t know how to light their stove or care to find out.
She had five years to figure it out.
This culture and by extension, this country is an embarrassment. It’s pathetic really.
Could you face your ancestors and defend what is happening here? I’d beg forgiveness for even being alive during the time this has taken place.”
It’s very telling that the author, editor, and publisher of the newspaper don’t seem to even bat an eyelash over the “five years” statement. Wow, during those hard times, I’ll bet the subject of the article and her husband decided not to have any more children until they got on their feet again </massive, overwhelming /s>
“more than one in four households in Duval County rely on SNAP”
I think these people have confused “taking advantage of” a government program with “rely” on a government program.
People will always take all the free stuff that is offered to them. That doesn’t mean they’ll die if it is no longer available.
“For the last five years this mom has been able to put food on the table for her family because of food stamps. “
Five years on a welfare program ? Did she have no plan for EVER becoming self-sufficient ? Of course not. She had no qualms about being a leech for the rest of her life.
“Fourth generation welfare families in places like Chicago, Philadelphia, St. Louis, and etc... will be pleased to focus on their health.”
Does anyone ever notice that the apologists always call people in this situation members of “working” families? What are they working on, exactly? If they can’t get anywhere in five years, it might be a good idea to start “working” on something else.
What does this make me and my wife? Members of the “leisure class”?
I’m “working”, all right. But apparently, quite a bit for other people who I don’t even know and who don’t even thank me, unless they have a strange way of showing it.
Sorry to state the obvious, but anyone on food stamp for more than 5 years is NOT part of a working family.
Even sweeping the sidewalks or picking up litter along highways would justify the partial cost to most real taxpayers.
Anything beyond bare subsistence aid is not even charity --- it's protection money.
“According to Second Harvest, 76 percent of SNAP households include someone disabled, elderly, or a child.
Bull****! And that’s all I’ve got to say about that.”
Yeah, but you have to give this guy some credit. Usually, they say it’s 99%-99.99%.
It fed millions before the recession too, fruitcake.
Maybe they should try supporting a new set of pets every five years.
BINGO! but the effect of adding all those marginal-need people results in the scenario above of an elderly couple, truely in need, who only get $180 a month in foodstamps, instead of the $300 a month one would expect it would take, minimum, to feed an elderly couple. The only 'winners' are the perk-heavy unionized workers while the needy elderly are left choosing between prescriptions and food each month. It's a sad state of affairs.
Poverty in America isn't what it once was. I lived several years on boxed macaroni and cheese and spaghetti dinners. The first time we moved, everything we owned fit nicely into a Ford Maverick. Could I have qualified for food stamps? Who knows. It never even occurred to me to try.
There's a serious sickness spreading through American society these days. The divide between people like me who believe no one owes me anything and those who think America should cater to their every needs is growing wider every day. I find I have absolutely nothing in common with more and more "Americans" every day.