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  • Using Grocery Coupons to Cut the Budget and Help the Poor

    06/13/2014 1:01:23 PM PDT · by dignitasnews · 8 replies
    Dignitas News Service ^ | June 11, 2014 | Paul M Winters
    The nation has seen an increasing trend among lawmakers, particularly those on the left, in utilizing the state to drive our consumer choices. Generally, these have come from punitive measures. In addition to added regulations on food producers, they have struck directly at the consumer, in the form of "sin taxes" on sodas and other foods high in sugar and cholesterol in an "altruistic" attempt to persuade Americans to eat healthier. While I tend to disagree with these tactics and believe that the usage of state power to drive our consumer choices is a form of tyranny, I do believe...
  • Study: Banning Soda From Food Stamp Purchases Could Curb Obesity and Diabetes Rates

    06/10/2014 12:04:48 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 69 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 9, 2014 | Christine Rousselle
    A new study by researchers at Stanford University is suggesting that making soda and other sugary drinks ineligible for purchase with SNAP funds could result in nearly a quarter million fewer diabetes cases in adults, and over 140,000 fewer obese children.
  • Food stamps used to buy Red Bull ( Muslim immigrants in Conn )

    04/24/2014 9:43:05 AM PDT · by george76 · 23 replies
    ct post ^ | April 16, 2014 | Daniel Tepfer
    Aslam Khawaja, 48, of Iranistan Avenue, the owner of the SK Grocery at 856 Fairfield Ave., was charged Wednesday with first-degree larceny by defrauding a public community, a felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison. From March through December 2013 Khawaja paid cash to 128 of his customers who are on the state's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program for their SNAP benefits at 50 cents to a dollar of benefit, the arrest affidavit states. ... Khawaja is a Pakistani national. In December he was shot during a robbery at his store and at that time asked detectives to file...
  • Gov. Deval Patrick moves to offset federal cut in SNAP benefits by investing millions in state money

    03/18/2014 10:47:13 AM PDT · by matt04 · 18 replies
    Following a change in the rules incorporated in the new federal farm bill, Gov. Deval Patrick’s administration announced on Tuesday that the state would be investing $3 million in additional home heating assistance for families to avoid the potential loss of up to $142 million in food stamp benefits for 163,000 families. Under the initiative, the Department of Transitional Assistance will be partnering with the Department of Housing and Community Development to provide at least $20 in heating assistance to eligible families through the H-EAT programs. The subsidy will qualify those families for an additional $80 in monthly Supplemental Nutritional...
  • How The Farm Bill's $8.7 Billion Food Stamp Cuts Hurt Working America (Cover the monitor)

    02/09/2014 7:44:47 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The Real News Network ^ | February 7, 2014 | Jessica Desvarieux
    JESSICA DESVARIEUX, TRNN PRODUCER: On her day off from work, D.C. resident Kathy Burke heads to a local food pantry, Thrive DC. She works part-time, making $10 an hour, and she says she needs any help that she can get, even though she's on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, commonly known as food stamps. KATHY BURKE, FOOD STAMP RECIPIENT: Boy. They probably sent me a letter about the food stamps. That's probably what this is. DESVARIEUX: With both a bachelor's degree and master's, Kathy says her food stamp payments usually don't last her the entire month. BURKE: Sometimes that's all...
  • Food stamp cuts leave African-Americans vulnerable (Murderers, drug dealers & pedophiles banned)

    02/03/2014 8:07:35 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    MSNBC's The Grio ^ | January 24, 2014 | Candace Y.A. Montague
    Budget cuts aimed at weaning Americans off of public assistance may make the start of 2014 lean for many African-Americans. Last month, after much debate, Congress began implementing it’s budget cut plan to reduce funding for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program otherwise known as SNAP. The program provides monetary help for families in poverty and alleviates food insecurity. SNAP, formerly known as the Food Stamp Program, is used by approximately 47 million Americans. But with funding reductions and bans for convicted felons many people wonder how Americans will finally be able to climb out of poverty. Who needs SNAP? The...
  • The New Face of Food Stamps: Working-age Americans

    01/26/2014 9:13:17 AM PST · by thecodont · 20 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 26, 2014 11:17 AM EST | By Hope Yen, Associated Press
    "Economists say having a job may no longer be enough for self-sufficiency in today's economy."
  • Record 20% of Households on Food Stamps in 2013

    01/21/2014 2:47:51 PM PST · by Nachum · 28 replies
    cns news ^ | 1/21/14 | Ali Meyer
    (CNSNews.com) -- A record 20% of American households, one in five, were on food stamps in 2013, according to data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The numbers also show that there were a record number of individuals on food stamps in 2013 and that the cost of the program, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), was at an all-time high.
  • Supply Side’s Academic Vindication?

    12/13/2013 7:06:24 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 1 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | December 9, 2013 | Spencer Irvine
    A pair of University of Maryland economists actually found themselves channeling supply side-icon Jack Kemp although they might be loathe to admit it. At a Brookings Institution conference, associate professor Melissa Kearney and assistant professor Lesley Turner noted thtat today’s SNAP [the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program]requirements have a “secondary earner penalty.” In layman’s terms, that meant that if both married spouses in a couple worked, they would be taxed or penalized for having both spouses work. Both Kearney and Turner proposed that the tax code be reformed to cut out taxes on these secondary earners in order to boost...
  • Five Food-Stamp Myths: Does the Program Even Work?

    12/04/2013 10:20:54 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/04/2013 | Michael Tanner
    As budget negotiators lurch toward their December 13 deadline for funding the government, another conference committee is struggling to reach an agreement over the farm bill. Unsurprisingly, the dispute is not over the bill’s completely unjustifiable subsidies for agribusiness (both parties support those) but food stamps. House Republicans passed a bill calling for $39 billion in reductions in the planned budget for food stamps (technically known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP) over the next ten years. A bipartisan Senate bill included just $4 billion in cuts. A couple of weeks ago it looked like negotiators were ready...
  • Democrat Congressman to Sharpton: 'You and the Pope Are on the Same Wavelength' (Channels Jesus)

    12/02/2013 12:18:04 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    CNS News ^ | December 2, 2013 | Melanie Hunter
    Rep. Jim McDermott (D-Wash.) told the Rev. Al Sharpton of MSNBC on Wednesday that Sharpton and the pope are "on the same wavelength." McDermott's observation on what he perceives as the similarity between Sharpton and the pope came up in a discussion of food stamps. McDermott noted that when Jesus fed five thousand people with five loaves of bread and two fish, “he didn’t charge food stamps.”(VIDEO-AT-LINK) “When Jesus had those five loaves and two fishes, he didn't charge food stamps. He didn't ask anybody how much money they had. He fed them because they were hungry, and that's really...
  • More Than 180,000 Women Had SNAP Benefits Cut Under Obscure 1996 Drug War Rule, Report Says

    11/21/2013 9:05:49 AM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 16 replies
    Opposing Views ^ | November 19, 2013 | By Jonathan Vankin
    Those who are eligible for food assistance under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (“food stamps”) can still collect their benefits if they’ve killed or raped someone, but if they have a drug felony on their record, the government will cut them off. This obscure policy is an often-overlooked provision of President Bill Clinton’s 1996 welfare reforms, known as the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Act. The main provisions of the bill limited the amount of time recipients could receive food stamp benefits, required them to get work within two years, scaled back the federal government’s responsibility for the program (letting...
  • The "Obamacare Shock" - One California Employer's Terrifying True Story

    11/20/2013 12:38:15 PM PST · by Rusty0604 · 59 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | 11/20/2013 | Tyler Durden
    From a Zero Hedge reader: My company, based in California, employs 600. We used to insure about 250 of our employees. The rest opted out. The company paid 50% of their premiums for about $750,000/yr. Under obamacare, none can opt out without penalty, and the rates are double or triple, depending upon the plan. Our 750k for 250 employees is going to $2 million per year for 600 employees. By mandate, we have to pay 91.5% of the premium or more up from the 50% we used to pay. Our employees share of the premium goes from $7/week for the...
  • Jerk of the Week: San Francisco Supervisor Tries to Politicize Batkid; Complains About Food Stamps

    11/17/2013 1:01:50 PM PST · by Kaslin · 28 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 17, 2013 | Christine Rousselle
    Five-year-old cancer survivor Miles Scott recently delighted America when his wish to become Batman was granted by the Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area Foundation. Social media exploded and the adventures of "#SFBatkid" were followed by millions of people as he saved a damsel in distress and rescued the mascot of the San Francisco Giants. Over 12,000 volunteers helped make Miles' wish come true, and numerous articles were written about how faith in humanity seemed to be restored. San Francisco city supervisor Eric Mar seems to have missed the heartwarming lesson behind the day, and instead decided to politicize the event....
  • Obama Steals Food From The Poor To Pay For Michele’s ‘Let’s Move’ Program

    11/12/2013 8:38:09 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 7 replies
    Godfather Politics ^ | Nov 12, 2013 | Dave Jolly
    Obama Steals Food From The Poor To Pay For Michele’s ‘Let’s Move’ Program Posted 6 hours ago by Dave Jolly Filed under Entitlements, Ethics, Government Spending, Liberalism, Politics Millions of food stamp recipients are finding their government supplement smaller this month. The federal government made sizeable cuts to the Supplement Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) otherwise known as food stamps. This cut will affect 47.6 million Americans or about 1 out of every 6 people. Under the new guidelines, a family of 4 will see their food stamps drop from $668 a month to $632 a month. While $36 dollars doesn’t...
  • Obama using food-stamp cash to fund Michelle’s ‘Let’s Move’

    11/11/2013 12:08:01 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 22 replies
    PatriotNet Daily ^ | 11/11/13 | Andrea Peyser
    <p>As you dig into your Butterball with all the trimmings this Thanksgiving, remember that millions of famished schoolkids around America may be forced to forgo classic turkey — and chow down instead on vegan black-bean patties and organic locavore quinoa salad.</p>
  • Don’t Forget the Other Entitlement Monsters

    11/11/2013 1:14:34 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | November 8, 2013 | Bruce Thornton
    The continuing attention devoted to the blunders, incompetence, and lies surrounding the Obamacare rollout is much deserved. But we shouldn’t forget that the President’s health-care monstrosity is merely the latest and biggest of scores of government entitlement programs suffering from the same flawed progressive assumption––that government “experts” armed with coercive power alone can solve problems better left to the states, civil society, and the free market. In reality, such programs relentlessly metastasize, increasing as well fraud, waste, abuse, and costs. One such program is SNAP, the kinder and gentler name for what we used to call food stamps. Apparently the...
  • Try living on food stamps this month

    11/02/2013 6:10:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 270 replies
    The Columbian ^ | November 2, 2013 | Staff
    Can you feed yourself on $4.50 a day? That’s the typical daily benefit for someone who gets food stamps. Millions of low-income Americans are dependent on the program, which is called Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP, for some if not all of their food money. SNAP benefits have just been reduced slightly, with the sunset of an economic-stimulus addition, and will likely be cut more by Congress before the year is through. Here in Clark County, Share and the Clark County Food Bank are inviting the community to get a sense of life on that kind of budget by...
  • Food stamp cuts take effect, hurting families

    11/02/2013 10:20:45 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 83 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | November 1, 2013 | Kevin Fagan
    One less bowl of cereal a week for his boy, one less sandwich a week for himself. That's what Friday's cut to national food stamp allotments means to Lionel Hill, but the math equation for lost meals is bound to get worse in the coming months. Hill, 57, and others who need the government aid to eat have no hope of getting their lost benefits back, considering the only debate in Congress over the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program - food stamps - is how much further to slash it. That makes the situation both personal and worrisome in his household....
  • Food Stamp Cuts Affect 1 in 7 Americans

    11/01/2013 6:28:06 AM PDT · by upchuck · 54 replies
    Brietbart/UPI ^ | Fri, Nov 1, 2013
    U.S. food stamp cuts taking effect Friday are one of two stimulus safety-net programs ending, an economist said. The other is extended unemployment benefits. ... It was a temporary increase in the maximum amount of food stamp benefits people could get monthly as part of Washington's response to the Great Recession. ... Friday's change in the food stamp program, officially known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, cuts monthly benefits 13.6 percent -- or, more precisely, ends a 13.6 percent increase in SNAP benefits from the stimulus act. Benefits to a family of four receiving the maximum amount...
  • Millions on food stamps facing benefits cuts

    10/31/2013 6:25:45 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 178 replies
    CBS News ^ | October 31, 2013 | By Alain Sherter
    It is late October, so Adrianne Flowers is out of money to buy food for her family. That is no surprise. Feeding five kids is expensive, and the roughly $600 in food stamps she gets from the federal government never lasts the whole month. "I'm barely making it," said the 31-year-old Washington, D.C., native and single mother. Starting Friday, the money is likely to run out even quicker. That is when Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, benefits are set to fall for more than 47 million lower-income people -- 1 in 7 Americans -- most of whom live in...
  • Milk Could Skyrocket To $8 A Gallon If Farm Bill Not Passed

    10/29/2013 7:00:50 AM PDT · by rickmichaels · 118 replies
    CBS ^ | October 28, 2013
    The fight over renewing the nation’s farm bill has centered on cuts to the $80 billion-a-year food stamp program. But there could be unintended consequences if no agreement is reached: higher milk prices. Members of the House and Senate are scheduled to begin long-awaited negotiations on the five-year, roughly $500 billion bill this week. If they don’t finish it, dairy supports could expire at the end of the year and send the price of a gallon of milk skyward. KLTV reports that the price of milk could reach $8 a gallon. “We are pretty much at the mercy of the...
  • Nation headed over ‘food stamp cliff’

    10/26/2013 3:31:25 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 45 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 26, 2013 | Erik Wasson
    Millions of people are in for a shock at the end of the week when their food stamp benefits will be cut across the board. There is little chance that Congress will act to avert what hunger activists call the “food stamp cliff” — a cut to benefits that will affect some 47 million beneficiaries, including children and the elderly. The cut takes effect on Nov. 1, and will bring an end to a funding increase that Democrats wrapped into President Obama’s 2009 stimulus law. For a family of four, the cut will be $36 per month, or about 20...
  • Craigslist makes turning food stamps into cash a SNAP

    10/22/2013 12:38:36 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 21 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 10/22/13 | Perry Chiaramonte
    Food stamp recipients are turning the government handouts into quick cash with ads on Craigslist, despite efforts to stem fraud. The federally-funded grocery assistance coupons -- which are issued by states in the form of debit cards under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) -- are being sold on the online bulletin board as well as auction sites like eBay. FoxNews.com found several offerings at Craigslist sites around the country, where the sellers offered the welfare benefits at large discounts from face value.
  • US Is Encouraging Its Citizens To Sign Up For Food Stamps

    10/20/2013 6:47:43 PM PDT · by alexmark · 17 replies
    Proud to be an American... Something is really wrong with this picture...
  • Why JPMorgan Wants to See More Americans on Food Stamps

    10/20/2013 10:32:34 AM PDT · by Nachum · 24 replies
    Money Morning ^ | APRIL/9/2013 | David Zeiler
    Every time an American signs up for food stamps in one of 23 states, JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM) adds to its revenue stream. That because JPMorgan Chase contracts to operate as the processor of the Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) cards in those states. JPMorgan earns a fee for each recipient, ranging from 31 cents to $2.30, depending on the state, every month for the term of the contract. JPMorgan's seven-year Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, the official name for the federal food stamp program) contract with New York state, for example, brought in more than $126 million of...
  • Food stamps glitch is a glimpse into pandemonium to come

    10/16/2013 7:25:22 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 88 replies
    DC Clothesline ^ | 10/16/2013 | Dr. Eowyn
    Under the POS’s presidency, the number of Americans receiving food stamps (now called Electronic Benefits Transfer or EBT) exploded. Today, one in five U.S. households are on food stamps. Worse still, we are taking two steps back for every step forward: For every new job that’s been created, two new recipients (let’s call them food-stampers) are added to the food stamps dole. Given our exploding national debt and the impending bankruptcy of, first, Social Security Disability (in 2016!), then Social Security itself, followed by Medicare, anyone with half a brain whose head isn’t plunged deep in the River of Denial,...
  • How Many People Around You Receive Food Stamps?

    10/16/2013 9:49:19 AM PDT · by Silentgypsy · 70 replies
    Slate ^ | 04/30/2013 | Chris Kirk
    To find out how many people participate in the program in your area and how that number has changed since 2000, enter your ZIP code, city, or county and state....
  • Foodstamp Program Shutdown Imminent?

    10/15/2013 11:14:21 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 50 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | October 15, 2013
    When over the weekend, a Xerox "glitch" shut down the EBT system, better known as foodstamps, for nearly the entire day across 17 states leaving millions without "funding" to pay for food leading to dramatic examples of the basest human behavior possible, some of the more conspiratorial elements saw this merely as a dress rehearsal for what may be coming in the immediate future. While there was no basis to believe that is the case, a USDA (the currently shuttered agency that administers the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) memo obtained by the Crossroads Urban Center in Utah carries in it...
  • EBT To Shut Down Nationwide Starting November

    10/15/2013 7:59:03 AM PDT · by TigerClaws · 347 replies
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  • Utah Families on Food Stamps could be Cut Off soon

    10/15/2013 7:28:09 AM PDT · by Old Sarge · 6 replies
    FOX-13, SLC, Utah ^ | 14 OCT 2013 | Nineveh Dinha
    <p>States across the country are being told to stop the supplemental nutrition assistance program for the month of November, pending further notice.</p> <p>That’s according to a letter from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Fox 13 obtained a copy from the Crossroads Urban Center in downtown Salt Lake City. Crossroads says if Utah families don’t get food stamps, they’ll turn to the local food pantries, which are already strapped due to the government shutdown. Homeless people Fox 13 talked to, some who use SNAP, say losing food stamps would mean going hungry.</p>
  • Utah families on food stamps could be cut off soon (not only Utah)

    10/15/2013 6:57:49 AM PDT · by Travis McGee · 93 replies
    FOX 13 News Salt Lake City ^ | October 14, 2013 | Nineve Dinha
    <p>States across the country are being told to stop the supplemental nutrition assistance program for the month of November, pending further notice.</p> <p>That’s according to a letter from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Fox 13 obtained a copy from the Crossroads Urban Center in downtown Salt Lake City. Crossroads says if Utah families don’t get food stamps, they’ll turn to the local food pantries, which are already strapped due to the government shutdown. Homeless people Fox 13 talked to, some who use SNAP, say losing food stamps would mean going hungry.</p>
  • Out for Money: Jeff Anderson and SNAP [Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests]

    10/15/2013 2:45:15 AM PDT · by rhema · 5 replies
    Juicy Ecumenism ^ | 10/15/13 | John Goerke
    David Clohessy was out in front of the Chancery of the Archdiocese on Thursday October 10th. The Executive Director of SNAP (Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests) according to his own testimony has done this thousands of times. SNAP has been busy in the Twin Cities of late. They have been drawn here by the media frenzy surrounding the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis. There is currently at least one lawsuit pending against the Archdiocese, filed by local lawyer Jeff Anderson. Having worked together before, Clohessy and Anderson’s routine is well known. During the course of the allegations,...
  • Iowa Implements Workaround For Food Stamp Outage ($50 a day voucher!)

    10/13/2013 10:21:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    WOWT-TV ^ | October 13, 2013
    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...
  • Food stamp stimulus money to expire, benefits to decrease

    10/13/2013 12:37:42 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 63 replies
    WATE-TV ^ | October 12, 2013 | Mike Krafcik
    KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A temporary increase in food stamps expires October 31, meaning for millions of Americans, the benefits that help put food on the table won't stretch as far as they have for the past four years. Food stamps, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, go to 47 million Americans a month. Almost half of them children and teenagers. The monthly benefits, which go to one in seven Americans, fluctuate based on factors including food prices, income and inflation. Those could affect people right here in East Tennessee as 1.3 million Tennesseans receive food stamps at a cost of about...
  • EBT Card Issues Cause Problems for Local Families

    10/12/2013 9:36:40 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 50 replies
    WHSV-TV ^ | October 12, 2013 | By: Carly Stephenson
    STUARTS DRAFT, Va. -- People in 17 states haven't been able to get food they need if they have a food stamp debit card. The O'Neils rely on their EBT Debit card to feed themselves and their son Micah. "People were looking at me I asked if there was anything else if she could if she could run it again and it wasn't working," said Terry O'Neil. The card has $153 to support three people for the remaining weeks in October. When their EBT card was denied today at the Waynesboro Walmart, Kristen O'Neil was embarrassed and frustrated. "We didn't...
  • EBT system failure blocks food stamp debit cards

    10/12/2013 9:17:23 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 61 replies
    WLS - Chicago ^ | October 12, 2013 | By Eric Horng
    Full carts abandoned at Chicago grocery stores were a common sight as shoppers in Illinois and many other states have been unable to use their food stamp debit cards. More than two million people in Illinois use a so-called Link Card. That's one in six residents in the state. So when suddenly the system went down Saturday morning many customers just walked out of the store. "Now I'm going to have to unfortunately do the fast food thing now. No cooking tonight," said Link Card user Rob Lee. "That's how people starve," said shopper Sean Wright. "People starve if they...
  • Computer Failure Cuts Off Access to Food Benefits

    10/12/2013 9:05:29 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 12 replies
    New York Times ^ | October 12, 2013
    People in California, New Jersey and 15 other states found themselves temporarily unable to use their food stamp debit-style cards on Saturday, after a routine test of backup systems by the vendor Xerox resulted in a system failure. Illinois residents began reporting problems with their cards — known as LINK — on Saturday morning, said Januari Smith, a spokeswoman for the Illinois Department of Human Services. “It really is a bad situation, but they are working to get it fixed as soon as possible,” she said.
  • EBT card system restored

    10/12/2013 8:57:56 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 39 replies
    WAVY-TV ^ | October 12, 2013 | By Ginger Whitaker, Liz Palka
    VIRGINIA - The Electronic Benefit Transfer system malfunctioned across Virginia and several other states Saturday, but service was restored by around 10 p.m. "It's just frustrating how I've been to several different stores right in around to get groceries for my family," said Jessica Perkins, an EBT customer. Perkins has five kids she was grocery shopping for Saturday. Perkins went to Farm Fresh, Save-A-Lot, and Food Lion before figuring out she could use her EBT card at WalMart. Perkins said she could only use the $50 at a time. "I just thank God that I have some type of provisions,"...
  • Nationwide problem’ strikes EBT cards as some customers forced to leave stores without food

    10/12/2013 6:21:51 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 24 replies
    Bangor Daily News ^ | October 12, 2013 | By Alex Barber
    BANGOR — The Electronic Benefits Transfer system that allows welfare recipients to buy groceries and other necessities experienced issues on Saturday. In some cases, people weren’t able to buy groceries. The website for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which administers the EBT system, is offline because of the government shutdown.
  • EBT food stamp outage shocks New Jersey residents

    10/12/2013 6:16:33 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 67 replies
    NBC-NJ ^ | October 12, 2013 | By Marquis Lupton
    ATLANTIC CITY - If you tried to use your electronic benefits transfer card Saturday, and was having problems, you're not alone. "I feel its going to leave a huge dent in these families because there is people who have 3 or 4 children," the Atlantic City woman said. "I think its horrible that people aren't able to get their food stamps. There are families out there that depends on these things, to feed their families," explains an Atlantic City man. As for store owners like Mohammed Ali of the 7–11 in Atlantic City, he says he has already lost hundreds...
  • Food Stamp Debit Cards Not Working in at Least 17 States

    10/12/2013 5:58:39 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 24 replies
    Sheree Powell, a spokeswoman for the Oklahoma Department of Human Services, started receiving calls around 11:30 a.m. about problems with the state's card systems. More than 600,000 Oklahomans receive SNAP benefits, and money is dispersed to the cards on the first, fifth and 10th days of every month, so the disruption came at what is typically a high-use time for the cards. Oklahoma also runs a separate debit card system for other state benefits like unemployment payments. Those cards can be used at ATMs to withdraw cash. Powell said Xerox administers both the EBT and debit card systems, and they...
  • Shoppers Report EBT System Down in California and Other States

    10/12/2013 5:45:28 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 36 replies
    KTLA-TV Los Angeles ^ | October 12, 2013 | By Ann Pride
    The government benefit cards that allow people on public assistance to buy food went down Saturday, impacting welfare recipients in Los Angeles and other cities across the country. Distressed shoppers began calling and emailing the KTLA 5 newsroom Saturday morning to report the Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) system wasn’t working. A Food 4 Less store in Hollywood confirmed that the EBT system went down at about 7 a.m. A Stater Bros. Market in Downey also said the system was not working. The California and federal government EBT websites remained out of service as of Saturday afternoon.
  • Tech Problems Stop Food Stamp Purchases, Bridge Card Users ‘Out Of Luck’

    10/12/2013 5:06:28 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 33 replies
    CBS Detroit ^ | October 12, 2013
    DETROIT - Michigan residents in a federal food program are being denied purchases with their debit-style cards because of technical problems. A woman from Fenton, who asked not to be identified, spoke with WWJ about her experience. “I’ve been in two different stores and in both stores, I was told that food stamps could not be authorized so I was not able to make a purchase. I’m absolutely outraged and furious,” she said. “Today is Saturday, my only day off to go grocery shopping for my children and I’m very, very angry that this has happened.” Officials said they’re not...
  • Food stamp debit cards not working in Erie, elsewhere

    10/12/2013 5:00:32 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 7 replies
    The Erie Times-News ^ | October 12, 2013 | By Gerry Weiss
    The number of Erie County residents in the food stamp program is the highest its been in 20 years. One in 5 people, or 20.5 percent, in the county are on food stamps. In all, more than 57,000 Erie County residents are on food stamps, known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. About 38,000 city of Erie residents, or nearly 37 percent, are on food stamps, a 24 percent increase from 2009.
  • Technical problems stop consumers from using food stamps

    10/12/2013 4:53:55 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 25 replies
    Toledo Blade ^ | October 12, 2013
    Kelly Ishaq, manager of Broadway Food Center on Broadway Street in Toledo, said the system hasn’t allowed customers to use their cards to buy food. A message comes up saying “unavailable,” he said. Brian O'Connor, a central Toledo resident, said he ran into a similar problem at the VIP food market, Bancroft Street and Ashland Avenue, and that other residents in the apartments where he lives were "panicking" about their food-stamp cards not working.
  • Maine shoppers unable to use food stamp cards

    10/12/2013 4:41:11 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 31 replies
    Morning Sentinel ^ | October 12, 2013 | By Beth Quimby
    Customers at BJ’s Wholesale Club, Hannaford supermarkets and other grocery stores in Maine abandoned their carts at registers and headed home empty-handed earlier Saturday. Lou Craig, the owner of College Carry-Out in Augusta, said he had to turn away about 50 customers Saturday because the system wouldn’t accept their EBT cards. “They just won’t go through,” he said. “It just prints out ‘declined.’ ” Craig said its a particularly busy time for those using food stamps, because their cards are usually reloaded with cash value from the 10th through the 14th. Jason Quincannon, acting store manager at Hannaford on Forest...
  • Will Obama Stop the Music This November?

    10/09/2013 7:47:06 AM PDT · by Travis McGee · 132 replies
    Western Rifle Shooters Association ^ | October 9, 2013 | Matthew Bracken
    Will Obama Stop the Music This November? The current “shutdown” of 17% of the federal government has primed America for chaos with constant left-wing rhetoric and news media reports couched in apocalyptic terms such as crisis, brink, catastrophe, hostage, arsonist and terrorist. But a catastrophe is useful to a would-be tyrant only as long as it can be blamed on a hated enemy. In 1933 Hitler’s agents burned the Reichstag, not just to sow fear and confusion, but primarily in order to charge his Communist enemies with treason as an excuse to obliterate them. The German “mainstream media” dutifully parroted...
  • Could you eat on $5 a day?

    09/23/2013 1:20:00 PM PDT · by wbill · 238 replies
    Bangor Daily News ^ | Posted Sept. 23, 2013, at 12:27 p.m. | Georgia Clark-Albert
    In my work, I see more people who want to focus on losing weight rather than gaining weight, so I don’t often stop to think about the problem of hunger. It’s easy to overlook the fact that hunger is still a big problem in in the United States. According to statistics from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, in 2011 about 50 million Americans were living with food insecurity — 33.5 million adults and 16.7 million children. What is food insecurity? It’s the inability to provide adequate food on a consistent basis. For adults, not getting enough food can have harmful...
  • Nine Baltimore Retailers Arrested for Food Stamp Fraud

    09/23/2013 10:06:24 AM PDT · by YourAdHere · 26 replies
    Afro ^ | 9/19/13 | Blair Adams
    A federal grand jury indicted nine Baltimore retail storeowners for a food stamp fraud scheme that netted at least $7 million over the last three years. According to officials, the storeowners would allegedly debit food stamp cards for cash instead of food and split the proceeds. The food stamp scheme has been going on since 2010, officials said during a Sept. 17 news conference. U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein, Special Agent in Charge William G. Squires Jr. of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of Inspector General and Special Agent in Charge Stephen E. Vogt of the Federal Bureau of...