Skip to comments.USDA uses Spanish soap operas to push food stamps among non-citizens, citizens [AUDIO]
Posted on 07/13/2012 8:37:04 AM PDT by Perseverando
The government has been targeting Spanish speakers with radio novelas promoting food stamp usage as part of a stated mission to increase participation in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), or food stamps.
Each novela, comprising a 10-part series called PARQUE ALEGRIA, or HAPPINESS PARK, presents a semi-dramatic scenario involving characters convincing others to get on food stamps, or explaining how much healthier it is to be on food stamps.
The majority of the episodes end with the announcer encouraging the listener to tune in again to see if the skeptic applies for benefits or learns to understand the importance of food stamps to their health.
Will Claudia convince Ramon to apply for SNAP? the announcer exclaims at the end of a standard episode titled The Poet, Dont miss our next episode of HAPPINESS PARK.
Listen to The Poet:
Click here for English translation While the United States Department of Agriculture encourages its outreach partners not to stereotype SNAP applicants, the agencys use of novelas is notable. The USDA is not promoting an equivalent English-language drama series and telenovelas are a popular form of entertainment in Latin American countries and a culturally relevant way to appeal to potential applicants.
The radio novelas are available on USDAs website for state and local outreach partners to use as public service announcements.
Congress allocates funds to USDA with the mandate to conduct public education about the benefits of SNAP and how to apply to help reduce hunger in America, Amanda D. Browne, a USDA spokeswoman explained in an email to The Daily Caller. The radio spots were written and produced in 2008 and are targeted to communities most at risk for hunger. (RELATED: USDA combats mountain pride, self-reliance to boost food stamp rolls)
USDA does not provide translations on their website, but TheDC obtained the USDAs English scripts, available below each novela.
Listen to At the Supermarket:
In addition to the Spanish-language outreach, the USDA is also pushing to get non-citizens enrolled in the program. The radio novelas overcome one of the hurdles the agency has identified as hampering participation: lack of knowledge about the program.
Although many non-citizens are now eligible for SNAP, SNAP participation has been historically low among eligible non-citizen households, reads a 2011 Guidance on Non-Citizen Eligibility. In 2008, the participation rate for non-citizens was 51% and the rate for citizen children living with non-citizen adults was 55% as compared to the national participation rate of 67% among all eligible individuals.
While USDA is targeting non-citizens for SNAP participation, the agency stresses that illegals are not eligible for benefits.
Non-citizens who are unlawfully present, are not, nor have they ever been, eligible to receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, Browne told TheDC.
Robert Rector, the Heritage Foundations senior research fellow on welfare and family issues, noted that while illegals are officially barred from participation, the legal children of illegals are eligible for benefits, creating mixed households with the potential to be intertwined with benefit programs.
Rector added that promotions such the radio novelas are part of the current process of assimilation into American culture.
The culture [non-citizens] are assimilating into is the culture of welfare dependence, Rector explained to TheDC, noting that the five-year delay on receipt of benefits by non-citizens does not prevent the infusion of such a mindset.
The essential thing is that if you bring in immigrants with a high school degree or less, they are going to cost the taxpayer a fortune, he said. Thats the bottom line, and you are going to pay for it one way or another.
In the 1970s, one in 50 Americans were on food stamps today that figure is one in seven. SNAP spending has doubled since 2008 and quadrupled since 2001.
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I can’t tell what they are saying, but the ladies on those novelas look veey healthy already.
Cloward & Piven en espanol.....
Part of the drive to get over 50% of the population on the dole, which will translate into a permanent Demonrat majority.
The Obama administration is bent on using our tax money to buy his way back into the White House. They are handing out Social Security disability benefits as fast as they can. They approved more people for disability in June than the economy generated jobs. They are handing out agent orange compensation in the same manner. Now they are advertising for food stamp takers.
Now when you have to do it using Spanish speaking ads, then you know that they are aimed at illegals primarily. We are such fools and have become a confederacy of dunces. May God help us.
At this point, I think it would be easier to list the spending, policies and programs of the Federal Government that are NOT directly treasonous.
And, I’m not engaging in hyperbole.
I listen to radio stations from around the country on the internet. It seems like 2/3 of the adverts are from the federal government. obamacare, food stamps, WIC, FDA and how they are protecting you, don’t eat uncooked food and on and on.
This is a propaganda machine the likes of which the world has never seen in modern times.
Has anyone given thought to CP backfiring on the Left? After any collapse it would be obvious the welfare state doesn’t work; moreover, judging by firearm sales over the last few years, conservatives would be in no position to be forced into anything. Just sayin’