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Americans to pay for Thanksgiving dinner with food stamps in record numbers
RT ^ | 21 November, 2012

Posted on 11/21/2012 7:36:04 PM PST by Founding Father

While some will spend Thanksgiving and days after it feasting on turkeys, 13 percent of Americans will rely on food stamps to avoid going to sleep hungry this holiday season.

About 42.2 million Americans will eat on a budget of $1 to $1.25 per meal this Thanksgiving as the number of people enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program remains high, found a new report by The Sunlight Foundation, a nonprofit government watchdog group. The number of Americans relying on food stamps this Thanksgiving is equal to the populations of California and Connecticut combined.

The latest data from the US Department of Agriculture shows that 47.1 million Americans relied on food stamps in August – the highest number yet.

Since 2007, participation in the food stamp program has skyrocketed, increasing by 70 percent. The cost of feeding the approximately 44.7 million Americans who relied on food stamps last year cost the US government a record $72 billion.

But the high number of Americans dependent on the nutrition assistance in a struggling economy is not the only problem the US faces this Thanksgiving. This past summer’s record-breaking drought has taken a toll on the food industry, causing prices to skyrocket while supplies remain low – making it even more difficult to provide Thanksgiving-style food to low-income families.

In Framingham, Mass., a turkey shortage at a food pantry will leave some families without a typical Thanksgiving feast, CBS News reports. Food pantries, or food banks, are non-profit, charitable organizations that distribute food to people in need.

The Pearl Street Cupboard and Café, a food bank that delivers, is facing a turkey shortage and the highest demand it has ever seen. Requests from low-income individuals are up by 400 percent since last year. “These are folks you wouldn’t normally expect to be needing help, on top of those always in need, it’s a big group and a big deal,” Paul Mina, president of United Way Tri-County, which runs the food pantry, told CBS. Mina’s group has launched a “Feed-A-Family for Fifty” campaign that aims to provide more than 3,000 turkeys between now and Christmas with money from donations.

“Most people don’t think that a Thanksgiving meal over the holiday is a luxury,” he said. “But for the families we serve it is.”

With more Americans on food stamps than in previous years and financially struggling families unable to purchase a regular-priced turkey, this Thanksgiving could leave many with less to be thankful for. Officials have warned that food stamp participation will not go down until the economy improves. And after the recent Hurricane Sandy devastated parts of the Northeast and tore away coastal homes, even more Americans are relying on food stamps to get by.


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KEYWORDS: foodstamps; poverty; thanksgiving; welfarestate
The good news is 95% of this group has cell phones on plans, 99% have cable or satellite television programming, and 70% wear tennis shoes costing in excess of $125.
1 posted on 11/21/2012 7:36:15 PM PST by Founding Father
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To: Founding Father

People don’t have jobs....I wonder why?. Must the fault of Bush./s


2 posted on 11/21/2012 7:46:03 PM PST by Dallas59 (President Robert Gibbs 2009-2011)
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To: Founding Father

(13 percent of Americans will rely on food stamps to avoid going to sleep hungry this holiday season. )

Our country is dying quickly. Only the return to the right ways of Jesus Christ can save us from untimate doom and destruction now.


3 posted on 11/21/2012 7:47:43 PM PST by kindred (Jesus Christ is the Lord God Messiah of Israel, a present help in time of trouble.)
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To: Founding Father

Obamanation Communism File.


4 posted on 11/21/2012 7:50:36 PM PST by Graewoulf ((Traitor John Roberts' Obama"care" violates Sherman Anti-Trust Law, AND the U.S. Constitution.))
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To: Founding Father
The cost of feeding the approximately 44.7 million Americans who relied on food stamps last year cost the US government a record $72 billion.

Divide $72Billion by $3Trillion and this total expenditure is bupkus. We ALL should get SNAP.

5 posted on 11/21/2012 7:51:33 PM PST by Zuben Elgenubi
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To: Founding Father

I every working family DEMANDED welfare food, phones, ect....

Would this be a form of TAX NULLIFICATION?

We should take back as much as we can, as quick as we can, that way we accelerate the collapse and make sure the rebuilding happens on our terms.


6 posted on 11/21/2012 7:53:03 PM PST by GraceG
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To: Zuben Elgenubi

TAX NULLIFICATION by SNAP & EBT!


7 posted on 11/21/2012 7:54:47 PM PST by GraceG
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To: Founding Father

Call it what you want...............
The Fact is this: I just got home from the Grocery Store.............it’s A ZOO up there! People are buying up everything that isn’t nailed down!


8 posted on 11/21/2012 8:04:32 PM PST by EnglishOnly (Fight all out to win OR get out now.)
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To: Founding Father

For another four years AT LEAST stories about the homeless, hungry or underemployed will be IMPOSSIBLE for the MSM.

There will be a constant pressure to cover up for the failed blackPresident.

A journalist who pursues stories of this type will be shunned “Why are you always WHINING about the homless...?!!”

Presstitutes are COWARDS and it took a RUSSIAN to write this story.

Modern USA = Old USSR?


9 posted on 11/21/2012 8:12:38 PM PST by gaijin
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To: Founding Father
About 42.2 million Americans will eat on a budget of $1 to $1.25 per meal this Thanksgiving as the number of people enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program remains high, found a new report by The Sunlight Foundation, a nonprofit government watchdog group.

BULLSHIT!*

Perhaps, but only if "Supplemental" Nutrition Assistance were the ony welfare program that they receive freebies from.
The way the bureaucracy workers/welfare scam works, if the losers have fewer than 5 programs going for welfare help, something is wrong.

Both we welfare complex and the taker culture keep insisting that the rest of us are stupid. Unfortunately, they and the criminals they've elected are now in charge.

“Both the liar and the honest man must have regard for truth, the former to subvert it and the latter to propagate it. Bullshit, by contrast, is fundamentally unconcerned with truth or falsehood, but only with appearance, effect and persuasion, however transitory. Yuri Luzhkov was not accusing the Moscow weather forecasters of lying, or yet of trying to predict the weather and honestly failing; he was accusing them of not caring about the true weather. The essence of bullshit is getting away with it, with persuading listeners or readers of a sincerity that is, by definition, phoney. The bullshit artist simply does not care about truth: “He pays no attention to it at all,” writes Professor Frankfurt. “By virtue of this, bullshit is a greater enemy of truth than lies are.”

*Bullshit

10 posted on 11/21/2012 8:20:49 PM PST by publius911 (Formerly Publius 6961, formerly jennsdad)
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To: kindred

Well, I was thinking bloody revolution to wash out the crap from the gene pool. When I say crap, I meant liberals and dumocraps.


11 posted on 11/21/2012 8:31:21 PM PST by max americana (Make the world a better place by punching a liberal in the face)
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To: Founding Father
The cost of feeding the approximately 44.7 million Americans looters who relied on food stamps last year cost the US government taxpayers a record $72 billion.

There is nothing American about forcing your neighbor to pay your way, especially in the most charitable Nation in the world. This is what happens when you replace God with the state. Further, it doesn't cost the government anything; the money is ours.

12 posted on 11/21/2012 8:34:47 PM PST by Repeat Offender (While the wicked stand confounded, call me with Thy Saints surrounded.)
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To: Founding Father

Between the frozen birds, the moochers and the US taxpayers they all bear the label of ‘Turkeys’ —but for obvious different reasons.


13 posted on 11/21/2012 8:43:39 PM PST by tflabo
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To: publius911
I wondered if these sleazeballs, the so-called Sunlight Foundation, is a Soros-funded subversive group...

BINGO!

That a*****e Soros is everywhere!

14 posted on 11/21/2012 8:46:52 PM PST by publius911 (Formerly Publius 6961, formerly jennsdad)
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To: Founding Father
About 42.2 million Americans will eat on a budget of $1 to $1.25 per meal this Thanksgiving

And nobama is just tickled pink.

15 posted on 11/21/2012 9:07:08 PM PST by upchuck (America's at an awkward stage. Too late to work within the system, too early to shoot the bastards.)
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To: Founding Father
You are correct. Our church delievered a box of the fixings for Christmas, and I volunteered to help deliver.

I was so mad when I got back, I swore NEVER again. Those people, my gosh, 4 or 5 people all over the place and not one of them attempted to help get the groceries themselves. LIFTED NOT ONE finger to help.

I had to load those groceries up the steps to their apartments, and they standing around with those (sh.t eating grins), as if to say, hey hey whitey woman, you be our slave.

Not only that, but they manage to hit every food bank in the city for their goods.

16 posted on 11/21/2012 9:37:09 PM PST by annieokie
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To: Founding Father

The Obamaeconomy, coming home to roost.


17 posted on 11/21/2012 9:53:59 PM PST by KC_Conspirator
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To: annieokie

The church I serve shut down their food pantry before I arrived because of rotten attitudes...I was approached by a woman one afternoon who asked if we had any food.

Since we did, I took her back to the back room. Without asking, she grabbed a large box and basically pushed a whole shelf into the box, then told - not asked - me to carry it out to the car for her.

I was already agitated, then she asked me for money. I said I didn’t have any, and she looked me up and down and said, “Are you sure?”

Needless to say, she got a lecture of how some of us have to work two jobs to not only support ourselves, but others through taxes.

Liberals would change their tune if they actually had to get in the trenches instead of sitting in the coffee shops...


18 posted on 11/21/2012 10:13:30 PM PST by scott7278 ("...I have not changed Congress and how it operates the way I would have liked..." - BHO)
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To: Founding Father

At least they get to have Thanksgiving dinner and something to be truly thankful for.


19 posted on 11/21/2012 11:15:11 PM PST by stuartcr ("When silence speaks, it speaks only to those that have already decided what they want to hear.")
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To: Founding Father

An observation last night picking up a few last minute items at a Supermarket.

I was behind this non-english speaking father and two kids, buying last minute items too. He whipped out his EBT card and paid for it...I thought, ‘yup, using taxpayer money, I’m paying for that’

I paid cash.

When I was done with my transaction and was leaving the store, they were still there, they walked out ahead of me.
The Salvation Army bell was ringing away, he put some hard-working taxpayer money in the pot...and I thought “I just donated to the Salvation Army”

Guess that’s how the Trickle-Down Economy of today is supposed to work.

I did not donate to the pot - he already did for me.


20 posted on 11/22/2012 6:45:08 AM PST by libertarian27 (Check my profile page for the FReeper Online Cookbook 2011)
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To: scott7278
All of what we are saying is JUST SAD.

With those "attitudes" Blacks have destroyed everything that is charitable and good within each of us. From their attitudes I have become very RACIST, racist on laziness, attitudes, ignorance with no penalties, sloth and any other adjective that can describe these people.

A lot of charity work has been shut down just because of what these people have done. They used to STEAL from every Church or entity that was giving away products. Yes, I will call it stealing.

Another thing, I will never EVER volunteer to drive someone to the POLLS to vote. Picked up a BLACK lady, as soon as I saw her, I knew she was using the GOP for her FREE ride, after voting, she AXKED me if I would take her by the store. Like a FOOL, I did. NEVER,EVER again, never.

These people can manage to get to the WELFARE office, they can manage to get to the polls.

Most ZOOS post a sign: DO NOT FEED or PET the animals, I intend to heed that warning from now on.

21 posted on 11/22/2012 6:45:34 AM PST by annieokie
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