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  • New food stamp rules will save taxpayers $5.5 billion over 5 years

    12/05/2019 6:22:42 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 15 replies
    Sharyl Attkisson.com ^ | SHARYL ATTKISSON
    New food stamp rules will save taxpayers $5.5 billion over 5 years DECEMBER 5, 2019 BY SHARYL ATTKISSON 2 COMMENTS Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or “Food Stamps” A new food stamp rule taking effect April first will save U.S. taxpayers $5.5 billion over five years, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which administers food stamps. Food stamps or the “SNAP” program gave the average recipient household about $250 a month in 2018. Food stamps are funded with tax dollars. According to the government, 40 million Americans were on food stamps in 2018. In 2017, a little over 9% of...
  • Massachusetts EBT cards were used in elite hotels in Hawaii: report

    12/04/2019 9:14:20 PM PST · by george76 · 15 replies
    Fox News ^ | Dec. 3, 2019 | Edmund DeMarche |
    On 18 different occasions in 2019, a Massachusetts EBT card was swiped in Hawaii — including one that was used twice at a posh island resort where rooms fetch $800 a night, a report published Monday said. The Boston Herald said it reviewed more than 2 million EBT expenditures over the past year and found thousands of out-of-state transactions that included withdrawals in Las Vegas and Alaska. The Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) cards are issued to needy citizens who qualify and are replenished monthly. The state's Department of Transitional Assistance bars cardholders from using the cards for vacation services —...
  • Trump Administration to Stiffen Food-Stamp Work Requirement

    12/04/2019 6:52:32 AM PST · by karpov · 33 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | December 4, 2019 | Jacob Bunge
    The Trump administration is set to tighten work requirements for recipients of federal food aid, potentially rendering hundreds of thousands of people ineligible for the program by mid-2020. The administration said Wednesday that it had completed a new rule curbing states’ ability to shield adults without dependents from federal work requirements tied to receiving assistance through the program formerly administered via food stamps. Officials say the rule, which takes effect April 1, 2020, will save the government billions of dollars and encourage more people to work at a time when jobless rates are near a 50-year low. The rule is...
  • Trump administration proposal endangers food stamps for millions

    11/30/2019 8:06:21 AM PST · by where's_the_Outrage? · 78 replies
    NBC News ^ | Nov 30, 2019 | Phil McCausland
    Three proposed rule changes by the Trump administration could cause millions of poor people to lose access to food stamps and decrease the size of the benefit for millions more. Over the past year, the Department of Agriculture proposed three changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, known as SNAP or food stamps. The new rules create stricter work requirements for program eligibility, cap deductions for utility allowances and "reform" the way 40 states automatically enroll families into SNAP when they receive other forms of federal aid. A study by the Urban Institute released this week examined the three rules...
  • 50,000 food stamp recipients in Cook County may have to find jobs starting Jan. 1

    11/21/2019 3:38:41 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 65 replies
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | November 20, 2019 | Alexia Elejalde-Ruiz
    About 50,000 Cook County residents who receive food stamps are going to have to find jobs next year — or risk losing their benefits. Starting Jan. 1, food stamp recipients in Cook County who are able-bodied, under the age of 50 and not living with children or other dependents will be restricted to three months of food assistance in a three-year period unless they work at least 80 hours a month. They can also meet the requirement by participating in a work-related activity, such as job training or volunteering. The vast majority of Illinois’ 1.8 million SNAP recipients — most...
  • Shouldn't all of the states be taken off of welfare?

    11/03/2019 12:52:26 PM PST · by ProgressingAmerica · 14 replies
    There's an interesting headline out there today, which can serve as a good educational moment. Due to the ravages of the fires out in California, the White House is threatening to cut off federal funding. Now first off, The notion of this phrase "federal funding" (the article also uses the phrase "state funding") is offensive because it's dishonest. It's welfare, that's what it is. I'm not interested in P.C. comfort terms. As I wrote in May of 2017, when the progressives were starting off building their nanny-state empire, they had a very specific list of welfare queens - 48 of...
  • DHS: About 35K Minnesotans To Lose Food Stamps Under New Trump Administration Rules

    09/18/2019 9:34:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    WCCO-TV ^ | September 18, 2019 | Pat Kessler
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Thousands of Minnesotans could be kicked off food stamps under new Trump administration rules. State officials have until next week to file objections to the plan which will take food stamps away from almost two million low-income families nationwide. The new rules would disqualify tens of thousands of Minnesota families who earn more than $27,000 a year. The Trump administration says it could save $2.5 billion a year by ending food stamps in Minnesota for families earning up to $34,000 a year, requiring families be on welfare for at least six months — and testing their income...
  • 6.2 Million Individuals Off Food Stamps Under Trump

    09/08/2019 2:47:06 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 23 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 8 Sep 2019 | Katherine Rodriguez
    More than 6.2 million individuals dropped off food stamps since President Donald Trump completed his first full month in office, according to the latest data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The most recent USDA data shows that 6,268,285 individuals discontinued their participation in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)— the program in charge of food stamps— since February 2017 when Trump finished his first month as president. Individual and household food stamp participation has consistently declined since 2013 back when the Obama administration was in power and enrollment in the program reached its highest point in U.S. history....
  • Judicial Watch: U.S. Spends $907 Million on Useless "Nutrition Education"

    07/31/2019 7:22:03 AM PDT · by OfficialJudicialWatch · 14 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | July 31, 2019
    Besides spending tens of billions of dollars on fraud-infested programs to feed the poor, the U.S. govt wastes an additional $907M to give recipients useless “nutrition education” courses w/rates of effectiveness that cannot be assessed.
  • Democrats Lash Out at Millionaire Food-Stamp Whistleblower

    06/24/2019 6:23:11 AM PDT · by eyeamok · 25 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | June 22, 2019 | Todd Shepherd
    "Mr. Undersander did not break the law, he simply abided by the rules that were in place, so he didn't defraud anybody," said Rep. Mike Conaway, Republican from Texas. "He intentionally defrauded the federal government," McGovern shot back. "That is, in my opinion, breaking the law."
  • Food stamp use drops; work rules cited

    06/12/2019 6:20:04 PM PDT · by spintreebob · 16 replies
    Atlanta journal constitution ^ | 6-11-19 | Maya T. Prabhu
    Number of Ga. recipients falls 200,000 since 2018, continuing 6-year trend. As of March 31, nearly 1.38 million Georgians were receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits, commonly known as food stamps, according to figures obtained from the Department of Family and Children Services by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. That’s down from more than 1.55 million in June 2018. That drop-off is part of a steady decline in recipients since 2013, when the number of Georgians using food stamps peaked at 1.95 million. State employees and advocates working with poor and low-income Georgians say the decline is the result of several factors...
  • Senior Hunger Surges As Boomers Swell The Ranks Of The Nation's Elderly

    06/06/2019 9:01:59 AM PDT · by Galatians328 · 126 replies
    Forbes ^ | 06/06/2019 | Ted Knutson
    The massive Baby Boomer generation which brought America the happiness of rock & roll and the Ford Mustang en masse is poised to trigger a surge in a scourge: Senior hunger.
  • Remember Rachel "Nkechi Diallo" Dolezal, The White Woman Accused Of Welfare Fraud?

    04/05/2019 4:26:13 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 31 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 5, 2019 | Beth Bauman
    Former Spokane, Washington NAACP President Rachel Dolezal, who went by Nkechi Diallo, made national headlines when she was ousted as a white woman pretending to be black. She was forced to resign over the incident. It was also discovered that between August 1, 2015 and November 30, 2017 Dolezal received welfare benefits should didn't qualify for.According to KREM-TV, records indicate Dolezal received $8,747 in food assistance and $100 in child care assistance illegally. She was abusing the system despite making more than $83,000 for her book, “In Full Color: Finding My Place in a Black and White World."To avoid going...
  • New bill could allow SNAP benefits to be used for fast food in Illinois

    03/16/2019 11:31:14 AM PDT · by PROCON · 50 replies
    fox17.com ^ | March 15, 2019 | WICS
    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WICS/WRSP) — There is a new bill working its way through the Statehouse to allow people to use food stamps to buy fast food. Right now, you can only use that money to buy groceries at a store or farmer’s market but if this bill is signed into law, you could order a burger at the nearest fast food joint. House Bill 3343 would establish a Restaurant Meals Program to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP. If passed, recipients can use their monthly allotment to buy meals from restaurants. Only certain recipients qualify: the elderly, disabled, homeless...
  • Widespread National Food Stamp Fraud Totals at Least $1 Billion, Could Be as High as $4.7 Billion

    02/18/2019 10:49:45 AM PST · by detective · 33 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | February 17, 2019 | Bethany Blankley
    Shortened title. Full title: Report: Widespread National Food Stamp Fraud Totals at Least $1 Billion, Could Be as High as $4.7 Billion According to a new report produced by the Government and Accountability Office (GAO), at least $1 billion in food stamp benefits are "trafficked annually," meaning they are fraudulently used. The extent of the fraud is uncertain, the GAO warns, estimating the abuse of the program could be as high as $4.7 billion. About 20 million lower-income households receive benefits from the $64 billion Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), also known as food stamps, to buy food. But GAO...
  • Philadelphia’s Soda War

    01/14/2019 3:03:27 PM PST · by Politically Correct · 11 replies
    National Review ^ | January 14, 2019 | KYLE SMITH
    Philadelphia’s outlandish soda tax is what Democratic-party politics looks like when it lets its freak flag fly. So many classic elements are there: (failed) social engineering and “think of the children!” on one side, paid for with a punitive tax on poor people and destroyed businesses, which means destroyed jobs, which in turn means lives upended. What lives? Greedy capitalists with monocles, maybe? No, they’ll be fine. Think of ex-cons trying to regain their footing in society. To review this debacle, in 2017 Philadelphia, seeking to fund a universal pre-K program, slapped mammoth sin taxes on Coke and Pepsi (and...
  • Trump team: shutdown won’t stop food stamp pmts in Feb, says program lacks funds for Mar

    01/08/2019 5:21:44 PM PST · by upchuck · 21 replies
    Wash Post ^ | Jan 8, 2019 | Jeff Stein
    The Trump administration pledged Tuesday that Americans will receive food stamps through February despite the partial government shutdown, but officials could not promise those benefits will continue if the shutdown lasts until March. Congress has only approved funding for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program through January, fueling concern food benefits used by 38 million Americans would expire amid the budget stalemate in Washington. In a call with reporters on Tuesday, Agriculture Department officials said that they will give states the money for February’s food stamps ahead of time – by Jan. 20 – to circumvent the expiration of federal appropriations....
  • It’s STARTING: A Grocery Store in Indiana Says They Can’t Process Food Stamp Payments

    01/07/2019 10:21:21 AM PST · by amorphous · 88 replies
    The Organic Prepper ^ | 7 Jan 2019 | by Daisy Luther
    We weren’t expecting to see a loss of food stamp benefits until the end of January, but a grocery store in Indiana reported they are unable to process EBT payments. In Clay City, Indiana, the local IGA discovered the problem last week. Initially, they thought it was a technical glitch. “Our machines weren’t taking any EBT cards and we didn’t really know what was going on. We didn’t know if it was a technical issue. And then we found out it was due to the government shutting down,” Tristen Malone said. (source) UPDATE: Officials at the Indiana Family and Social...
  • Food Stamp Money Will Run Out By The End Of January If The Government Shutdown Lasts That Long

    12/31/2018 6:51:59 AM PST · by Zakeet · 82 replies
    End of the American Dream ^ | December 26, 2018 | Michael Snyder
    According to the Department of Agriculture, if this government shutdown stretches into February there won’t be money for food stamps. And it certainly looks like this shutdown could last for quite a while, because President Trump is not backing down on his demand for border wall funding, and the Democrats have pledged not to give him a single penny. So a few weeks from now, approximately 38 million people could be suddenly cut off from the food stamp program. If that scenario were to unfold, there is no telling what could happen. After just a few days, government workers...
  • Here Are 2 Ways Trump Can Help Americans Move From Food Stamps to Work

    12/20/2018 12:16:36 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | December 18, 2018 | Jamie Bryan Hall
    President Donald Trump has an opportunity to do what Congress should be doing, but isn’t: Help Americans who are on food stamps transition to work.The farm bill—which reauthorizes the foods stamp program for five years—would have been a prime opportunity for Congress to enhance work requirements. Under current law, certain work-capable adults must work 20 or more hours per week, participate in a supervised job search or training, or volunteer in their communities in order to receive food stamps.Most food stamp recipients are exempt from these requirements. These include people over 50 years old, the disabled, and minor children and...