Skip to comments.U.S. food stamps helped reduce poverty rate, government finds
Posted on 04/10/2012 3:27:32 PM PDT by TurboZamboni
WASHINGTON - A study by the Agriculture Department has found that food stamps, one of the country's largest social safety net programs, reduced the poverty rate substantially during the recession. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, reduced the poverty rate nearly 8 percent in 2009, the most recent year included in the study, a significant impact for a social program whose effects often go unnoticed by policymakers. "SNAP plays a crucial, but often underappreciated, role in alleviating poverty," said Stacy Dean, an expert on the program with the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities, a Washington-based research group that focuses on social programs and budget policy.
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war is peace...food stamps are prosperity
Terrific! Let’s get EVERYBODY on food stamps and we’ll eliminate poverty once and for all. Why didn’t I think of this sooner?
Just like unemployment stimulates the economy, I’m sure the more people getting food stamps stimulates the economy as well. Imagine how much worse the economy would be if 45,000,000 were not currently getting food stamps.
The State-Run-Media will be reporting that Un-Employment is a -2.0% by the time November comes around, and that the Middle Class is doing better than ever IN THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD!
The Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 (the Act) defines eligible food as any food or food product for home consumption and also includes seeds and plants which produce food for consumption by SNAP households.
The Act precludes the following items from being purchased with SNAP benefits:
alcoholic beverages, tobacco products, hot food and any food sold for on-premises consumption.
Nonfood items such as pet foods, soaps, paper products, medicines and vitamins, household supplies, grooming items, and cosmetics, also are ineligible for purchase with SNAP benefits.
Soft drinks, candy, cookies, snack crackers, and ice cream are food items and are therefore eligible items
Seafood, steak, and bakery cakes are also food items and are therefore eligible items
Since the current definition of food is a specific part of the Act, any change to this definition would require action by a member of Congress. Several times in the history of SNAP, Congress had considered placing limits on the types of food that could be purchased with program benefits. However, they concluded that designating foods as luxury or non-nutritious would be administratively costly and burdensome.
With the current technology, I'm callin BS on this one.
Silly me; I thought being dependent upon others for sustenance was the very definition of poverty. I suppose we can look forward to 0bama doing his best to spread more of his brand of prosperity around.
Wow, a bunch of government bureaucrats did a study and found that government bureaucrats were doing a good job. I would have never guessed the outcome of that study. I’m surprised they didn’t give themselves all a big raise.
High gas prices prevent fuel shortages!
Caps to the price of fuel lead to gas lines.
Anyone else remember gas lines?
Subsidies produce surpluses - like our current surplus of poor, worthless losers.
In other news, a study by foxes found that open access to hen-houses dramatically increased egg production...
Sucks. I work and have to skip lunch while these fat asses sit home and make babies. I spend $100 a week for gas.(20% of my income). Fubo! !!
The food stamp program (swiped on the Chinese credit card) is another brilliant entitlement that our grandkids get to pay for.
Isn’t the poverty rate determined as a function of a family’s income? How do food stamps change income? Maybe
disposable income, but that is not what is looked at.
They post signs in Yellowstone....DO NOT FEED the ANIMALS....gee...why is THAT? Because they become Dependent! But, our government LOVES human DEPENDENCY!!!
This is what happens when the affirmative-action inmates run the asylum.
The IL Link card allots a monthly food balance and also a separate cash balance. On the cash side, they can purchase anything they want. As a grocery store employee I watch recipients buy cigarettes, alcohol and wire money via Western Union every day and it makes me SICK!
so thats why the Dept. of Ag. spends so much money with its Food Stamp commercials.
What prompted me to look that up was...
At a gas station/convenience store, I watched a 300#, 5’0” bleach blonde, (complete with 4 sizes-too-small capri pants and cankle tattoos), spend 5 minutes getting her EBT card to read so she could purchase her 44oz soft drink and a King Size candy bar.
As the long line grew behind me, there were audible sighs as she then asked for 2 packs of smokes @ $5.50 each and paid for them with 6 ones and a pile of change that had to be counted out.
This whole welfare state has gotten absolutely and completely out of control. I’m so sickened by it that after 4 years at this job I’m getting out the first chance I get because people like the one you just described are so numerous it would make most peoples heads spin if they saw it every day.
These are generally able-bodied people, perfectly capable of working. There are countless couples and young men who use their girlfriends cards and they don’t marry these girls because then she’d lose her benefits and he’d lose his freeloading meal ticket.
I don’t begrudge someone in need on a temporary basis but this is now a way of life and not only are the recipients by in large ungrateful, they are entitled in their minds and think nothing at all of how bad it looks to buy tobacco and booze with other people’s money.
It’s outrageous and until people get as pissed off about it as I am having watched it for 4 years, it will never change. I make it my personal mission to tell everyone I know and can what I see. Most people don’t even know that they get cash. Straight up cash. No way at all to see where that money goes and the government of IL, broke as it is evidently doesn’t care.
I stopped at a local watering hole a couple of weeks ago. There were about 15 people in there that day, people that I have known for 10 to 20 years.
All of those folks there, are under 55 and able-bodied looking.
As I sat there, I counted 7 of them that I know for a fact are drawing Disability and 2 that have already applied for it and are waiting for a response.
At least 2 of those are working full time as carpenters on a cash basis.
One of those who works, says he can’t work at his Union Carpenter job because he can’t breathe, was chuckling about getting those $100 inhalers for free while he stood there with a beer in one hand and a cigarette in the other.
and the kicker....
one that I know has lived under the radar since 1980, pulled up in an older ‘Vette and wandered in wearing hospital type clothing.
Sporting a new Trach Tube and message board, he ordered up a beer and a glass and a towel. He then used a large syringe to suck up the suds and shoot them into his stomach tube.
Kinda lost my thirst after that.
No, it makes poverty more comfortable and removes a very effective incentive for getting off your ass and working.
Handouts like this also raise the cost of living for the rest of us by artificially stimulating demand for goods and services.
How disgustingly pathetic
Our entitlement spending is a fast moving locomotive headed for a cliff. What you just described is rampant everywhere. Fraud and abuse of the system is so out of control I’m not sure how we even fix it. But I know one thing, we could save working Americans billions of dollars if we cut back and re-evaluate, gut and fix the system.
Poor in America isn’t really poor. Unless, you call big screen TV’s and Coach purses and smart phones poor.
My wife and I are spending $700.00 a month on gas to and from work... and we are not driving any further than needed. It is killing us.
They probably did give themselves big raises.
I’m curious as to how they measured the supposed decrease in poverty because of food stamps, because the government does not include non-cash benefits (food stamps and all the other government goodies doled out to the “poor”) when it compiles poverty statistics. One can get all kinds of benefits, plus have a cash income, and still be counted as living in poverty.