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Iowa Implements Workaround For Food Stamp Outage ($50 a day voucher!)
WOWT-TV ^ | October 13, 2013

Posted on 10/13/2013 10:21:22 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

Iowa officials have implemented an emergency plan of issuing vouchers to low-income residents after computer problems caused electronic payments for food stamps to fail across the country.

The Iowa Department of Human Services says it already had a contingency plan in place for such emergencies.

Iowans who receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits and find that their electronic benefit card isn't working can fill out a voucher and receive $50 daily in food assistance. DHS says the contingency plan has no financial impact to grocers.

Wendy Rickman, who administers DHS' food stamp program, says the plan makes certain that people have access to food each day.

DHS says problems were resolved Saturday night and people can again electronically access benefits. More than 400,000 Iowans receive food assistance each month.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Government; US: Iowa
KEYWORDS: foodstamps; iowa; snap; welfare
What kind of FOOL actually goes to a job and works hard these days?
1 posted on 10/13/2013 10:21:22 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Wonderful, we can integrate the food stores again! A minor but important benefit is that these stores will increase their margins enormously thanks to the Federal Government.

Seems to be something about mutual interaction here but not really sure...heh.


2 posted on 10/13/2013 10:25:32 PM PDT by Deagle (m)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

50.00 a day not to work?

I am a sucker...


3 posted on 10/13/2013 10:26:44 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

$50 a day? Thats over $1500 a month. What’s next? Ruth’s Chris gift certificates?


4 posted on 10/13/2013 10:28:55 PM PDT by Right Brother
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

We fortunately still have some of those fools!

They are either the older folks that still have a sense of morality or young folks from religious families. Seems that either are few and far in between though.

After that, well you are on your own...


5 posted on 10/13/2013 10:30:22 PM PDT by Deagle (m)
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To: Jet Jaguar

People need new glasses or reading skills or something.


6 posted on 10/13/2013 10:30:31 PM PDT by steve86 (Some things aren't really true but you wouldn't be half surprised if they were.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

America is truly the Land of the “Free”. Everything is free these days if you want to freeload off of the taxpayers.


7 posted on 10/13/2013 10:30:54 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (The Constitution is obsolete only if you see Mein Kampf or the Communist Manifesto as a replacement.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
For real?

$50 daily in food assistance

$50 a day? What are they eating? Better yet, how do I get on this gravy train? I'm hungry, too, and 50 a day ought pretty much cover it.

8 posted on 10/13/2013 10:37:07 PM PDT by Robwin
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To: Robwin

No kidding. You’d have to try hard to spend $50 a day even with a family of four. We could go back to eating those red things that come from animals. The name escapes me....


9 posted on 10/13/2013 10:40:10 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (You can't invade the mainland US There'd be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Exactly. It’s getting to be a why bother to work anymore kind of thing. I remember Russia in the mid-90’s having a similar attitude in many ways. Oh well. Work if you feel like it.


10 posted on 10/13/2013 10:43:30 PM PDT by MarMema
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Holy cow! $1500/month food subsidy!

Yeah, I’m one of those dummies. Too proud to say I “need” it.


11 posted on 10/13/2013 10:55:42 PM PDT by BradyLS (DO NOT FEED THE BEARS!)
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To: Right Brother; Jet Jaguar

“$50 a day? Thats over $1500 a month. What’s next? Ruth’s Chris gift certificates?”

And that’s only the food voucher. When you add to that Section 8 housing, Medicaid, WIC, school meals, possibly disability, etc. you’re easily looking at another couple thousands a month.


12 posted on 10/13/2013 11:35:53 PM PDT by aquila48
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Fifty dollars a day? No wonder food stamp recipients eat so much expensive fast food, instead of the cheaper nutritious food that you have to cook yourself.


13 posted on 10/13/2013 11:40:36 PM PDT by exDemMom (Now that I've finally accepted that I'm living a bad hair life, I'm more at peace with the world.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
We could go back to eating those red things that come from animals.

When I was a kid that red stuff was for rich people, we lived on Beans and Potatoes, with home made bread or corn bread.

Beans and potatoes are near $1.00 a pound, fruits are more. Bread can run from $2.00 to $6.00 a loaf and yet people are not complaining about the cost of living, because the MSM refuses to tell us we should be unhappy.

14 posted on 10/13/2013 11:42:37 PM PDT by itsahoot (It is not so much that history repeats, but that human nature does not change.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

That comes to $1,500 a month for food!


15 posted on 10/13/2013 11:49:30 PM PDT by VerySadAmerican (".....Barrack, and the horse Mohammed rode in on.")
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To: VerySadAmerican

Enjoy your ramen and pb & j sandwiches, citizen.


16 posted on 10/13/2013 11:50:37 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (You can't invade the mainland US There'd be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I was thinking about this when I heard that the EBT cards weren’t working and that people were getting $50 vouchers.

These are sale items, most of which I have purchased in the last few days that could be used to fashion the following menu.
Breakfast:
A dozen eggs at $.99
Half Gallon Milk $1.79
Fruit Yogurt on sale for $.50 each
Store brand bread for $.99

Lunch:
Large can of Hunt’s spaghetti sauce w/meat at $.59 Cents/can.
Package of store brand spaghetti on sale for $.99
Store brand salad mix/dressing at $1.49 each.

Dinner:
1 pound ground chuck $2.99
Canned sloppy joe sauce $.79
Store brand buns $.99
Store brand veggies at $.39/can
Tater Tots at $1.99/bag

If you fancy a snack, the large bags of store brand potato chips (both plain and flavored), are on sale 2 for $1.00.

That’s a LOT of food (for at least 4-5 people) for around $20 that could be prepared by anyone...it’s better than I eat most days, as we both work well over 60 hours per week running our own business. Silly us.


17 posted on 10/14/2013 12:19:26 AM PDT by garandgal
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GTH, Democrats, GTFH.


18 posted on 10/14/2013 12:43:50 AM PDT by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: Right Brother

$50.00 a day must be for gourmet food......guess they are not expected to prepare it. Too much work.


19 posted on 10/14/2013 1:15:57 AM PDT by The_Media_never_lie (Actually, they lie when it suits them! The crooked MS media must be defeated any way it can be done!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

> What kind of FOOL actually goes to a job and works hard these days?

Unfortunately US, the suckers who pay for all the benefits of the Obamacare lovers...


20 posted on 10/14/2013 3:26:31 AM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: aquila48

you forgot free day care and tuition. maybe a gas card and obama phone thrown in for good measure.


21 posted on 10/14/2013 3:45:38 AM PDT by Donnafrflorida (Thru HIM all things are possible.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

$50 a DAY!!!!!!! Holy crap


22 posted on 10/14/2013 3:46:31 AM PDT by silverleaf (Age takes a toll: Please have exact change)
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To: garandgal

I spend 50 dollars a week. Granted I am a single guy with no kids.
Have them eat balony sandwiches and maybe a coke.
sheesh....


23 posted on 10/14/2013 4:14:03 AM PDT by Yorlik803 ( Church/Caboose in 2016)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

They need to go back to the paper food stamps, shaped like dollar bills and sign each one and show ID when you use them. This whole EBT card got started to make recipients feel less embarassed and more empowered, like they had a credit card. BS, and when the system doesn’t work - they didn’t think about that, riots and looting is what they will get. Plus fraud is easier with a credit card system. And here’s an idea, on each food stamp have it written, “Charity due to American taxpayers.”


24 posted on 10/14/2013 7:13:14 AM PDT by MomwithHope (Let's make Mark Levin's The Liberty Amendments a reality!)
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To: MomwithHope

>BS, and when the system doesn’t work - they didn’t think about that, riots and looting is what they will get.<

I really wish I could agree with you, but, being cynical, I have to ask, do you truly think someone, somewhere, didn’t think about what will happen should the system crash for more than a day or so?


25 posted on 10/14/2013 8:07:34 AM PDT by Darnright ("I don't trust liberals, I trust conservatives." - Lucius Annaeus Seneca)
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To: Darnright

That’s true, guess I try sometimes to give the beneft of the doubt,however undeserved. :)


26 posted on 10/14/2013 8:10:43 AM PDT by MomwithHope (Let's make Mark Levin's The Liberty Amendments a reality!)
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To: garandgal
Large can of Hunt’s spaghetti sauce w/meat at $.59 Cents/can...1 pound ground chuck $2.99

I do believe ground chuck and canned food is for people who don't receive government subsidies and therefore tend to buy cheap in order to stretch their dollars. Silly fools, they could be eating steak and lobster instead if they would just sign up for benefits.

I recall a recent study in California which pointed out a single mom with 4 children living in a city could receive the equivalent of $85,000 a year in benefits, as long as she didn't have a job.

27 posted on 10/14/2013 8:30:11 AM PDT by no-s (when democracy is displaced by tyranny, the armed citizen still gets to vote)
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To: MomwithHope

>That’s true, guess I try sometimes to give the beneft of the doubt,however undeserved. :)<

You’re a good egg (^;


28 posted on 10/14/2013 8:36:48 AM PDT by Darnright ("I don't trust liberals, I trust conservatives." - Lucius Annaeus Seneca)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

There is an obvious answer to this and we need to say it. We need to have the govt take over HyVee.................


29 posted on 10/14/2013 8:42:04 AM PDT by PeterPrinciple
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

There was a boo-hoo article in our paper about what will happen if WIC and SNAP were reduced. They highlighted two women — one 28 years old with 5 kids and one 31 years old with 4 kids. Made me sick!! Haven’t these women heard of birth control?? (OR keeping their legs shut??)


30 posted on 10/14/2013 9:01:57 AM PDT by Polyxene (Out of the depths I have cried to Thee, O Lord; Lord, hear my voice.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

exactly

think about food stamps, section 8, obamaphones and obamacare

the “poor” are better off than many in the middle class


31 posted on 10/14/2013 9:18:38 AM PDT by GeronL
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To: Yorlik803
Have them eat balony sandwiches and maybe a coke.yummy.. my favorite
32 posted on 10/14/2013 9:27:11 AM PDT by GeronL
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To: All; DungeonMaster
More than 400,000 Iowans receive food assistance each month.

So, I keep asking the same question: Given that the all-caring Nanny State provides EBT cards to everyone who might be hungry, why do "food banks" and "food pantries" and "food drives" exist these days?

Is there any need for such institutions, other than helping donors and organizers feel good about themselves?

33 posted on 10/17/2013 11:34:14 AM PDT by newgeezer (It is [the people's] right and duty to be at all times armed. --Thomas Jefferson, 1824)
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To: newgeezer

You’re overlooking the fact that EBT typically sells for 60 cents on the dollar black market. You sell your EBT for cash, buy booze, cigs, and dope, and get your grub at the food bank.


34 posted on 10/17/2013 11:39:23 AM PDT by nascarnation (Frequently wrong but rarely in doubt....)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

$50/day = $1500/month

Say what?


35 posted on 10/17/2013 11:40:10 AM PDT by Godzilla (3/7/77)
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To: newgeezer

There are lots of reasons but (believe it or not) many people are short of food but 1) Are voluntarily not on SNAP or just haven’t applied, or 2) Don’t qualify for SNAP due to income or immigration status or criminal status of someone in the household or 3) Get some SNAP benefit but not adequate.

On the last point, I have documented more than once a family of four who receive $1.25/person/day. That’s better than nothing but definitely isn’t a windfall. These people do occasionally hit the food bank toward the end of the month. Food banks are extremely busy and over-subscribed here although it is a fairly affluent area.

On the first point (not receiving SNAP) you would think these people are few and far between. Yet, on a thread yesterday, people were reporting that only 10-16% of people in their respective counties were receiving SNAP although people assumed it was going to be a much higher number. If even 10% of the population beyond that are experiencing food shortages and half of those show up at a food bank, there is going to be a heck of a line. That is what we see here.

Note I am not addressing the typical question: “What are they spending money on? Are they wasting it on cabletvcellphonesbeercigarettes?” That’s not the question you asked so I didn’t address it here.


36 posted on 10/17/2013 11:58:31 AM PDT by steve86 (Some things aren't really true but you wouldn't be half surprised if they were.)
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To: nascarnation

In my state fraudulent exchange of EBT is estimated at less than 3% of outstanding cards. So I don’t consider that to be a huge factor. Incidentally, I have been involved on the periphery of more than one state investigation (not as the subject! lol).


37 posted on 10/17/2013 12:01:02 PM PDT by steve86 (Some things aren't really true but you wouldn't be half surprised if they were.)
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To: steve86

Wow that’s an amazing stat. I believe you, I guess, but it strains my credulity.

I would put it at 40% in most Obamahoods.


38 posted on 10/17/2013 12:03:24 PM PDT by nascarnation (Frequently wrong but rarely in doubt....)
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To: nascarnation

Yes, I’m sure it is far,far higher than 3% in those locations.


39 posted on 10/17/2013 12:05:50 PM PDT by steve86 (Some things aren't really true but you wouldn't be half surprised if they were.)
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To: newgeezer
So, I keep asking the same question: Given that the all-caring Nanny State provides EBT cards to everyone who might be hungry, why do "food banks" and "food pantries" and "food drives" exist these days?

Is there any need for such institutions, other than helping donors and organizers feel good about themselves?

Dude, food stamps are for trade with people who don't get food stamps for "favors and stuff".

40 posted on 10/17/2013 4:23:30 PM PDT by DungeonMaster
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; newgeezer

Sadly, I’m starting to hate.


41 posted on 10/17/2013 4:26:45 PM PDT by DungeonMaster
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Here’s a workaround. Take the money you used to by your X-box, plasma TV, Cable, smart phone, car, etc., and use that money to purchase food instead, just like the rest of us.


42 posted on 10/17/2013 4:27:57 PM PDT by Hoodat (BENGHAZI - 4 KILLED, 2 MIA)
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