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More People on Food Stamps Than Populations of 24 States Combined

Posted by on Nov. 24, 2012 at 3:08 PM
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 (Townhall)

Under President Obama the participation rate in the food stamp program has skyrocketed—one in seven Americans now receives food stamps. To keep up with the demands of the burgeoning program, spending has thus “doubled from roughly $39 billion in 2008 to an estimated $85 billion in 2012,” and nearly quadrupled since 2000. According to Heritage, “Today, the food stamps program is one of the largest and the fastest growing of the roughly 80 welfare programs funded by the federal government.” With that said, brace yourself for Breitbart’s findings: “The number of individuals on food stamps now exceeds the combined populations of 24 states and the District of Columbia.Wow.

In November, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported that a record 47,102,780individuals receive food stamps.

According to US. Census Bureau data, that figure exceeds the combined populations of: Alaska, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming.

Since January 2009, the number of individuals on food stamps has skyrocketed from 31.9 million to the current record high 47.1 million. By comparison, in 1969 just 2.8 million Americans received food stamps.

Also benefiting from the rapid rise in food stamps are companies like JP Morgan who administer Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards. A recent report by the Government Accountability Institute found that since 2004, JP Morgan's 24 state EBT contracts have totaled at least $560,492,596.02.

Last year, the food stamp program (officially known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP) cost taxpayers $72 billion, more than double the $30 billion spent four years ago.

The meteoric rise in the number of individuals receiving food stamps has spawned a thriving illegal online market for those seeking to turn their benefits into cash.

But if you ask Alan Colmes, this is part of how Democrats have made America exceptional.

by on Nov. 24, 2012 at 3:08 PM
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imamomzilla
by on Nov. 24, 2012 at 3:09 PM
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 How sad.

_Kissy_
by on Nov. 24, 2012 at 3:16 PM

How The Worst Drought In Half A Century Is Causing Millions To Go Hungry

More than 17 million of America’s food insecure households could go hungry this Thanksgiving, and they might have a harder time finding a warm meal, as food banks that distribute to food pantries, soup kitchens and emergency shelters rely on ever thinning supplies.

The shortage is a result of a severe, lingering drought that has depleted midwest crops, sending prices higher for food staples like meat, vegetables, and fruit. According to Reuters, the higher food prices have meant the U.S. government buys fewer commodities, purchases originally intended to support agriculture prices and reduce surpluses. The unintended result means government donations to food banks, a major source of their inventory, have fallen by more than half:

Government commodity purchases through The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) fell by more than half to $352.5 million for the fiscal year ended September 30, from $723.7 million three years earlier, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. [...]

Government commodities once made up 28 percent of the food flowing through the Feeding America network, which includes about 90 percent of U.S. food banks and provides food for about 37 million people during the year. This year those commodities account for 17 percent, Feeding America said.

Demand for food assistance has only climbed in the slow economy, with food stamp assistance at a record high in August. While this year’s average Thanksgiving meal costs about the same, but groceries are expected to cost 3-4 percent more next year. Food banks fear not meeting this demand, as their waiting lists lengthen, while some nonprofits have had to buy more of their food.

The extreme weather — made more likely by global warming — could pose an even greater threat to next year’s supplies. USDA predicts higher grain prices could send poultry prices up 4 percent, beef by 5 percent, and dairy by 4.5 percent, with higher prices lingering for years.

Ednarooni160
by Eds on Nov. 24, 2012 at 5:53 PM
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Can there or and/or will there ever be good news in this country again..

Canvas_says
by Silver Member on Nov. 24, 2012 at 6:36 PM
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It certainly does not look good right now, the next several years at least will be some of the toughest. 

Quoting Ednarooni160:

Can there or and/or will there ever be good news in this country again..


Bek22
by on Nov. 24, 2012 at 9:44 PM
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The people voted for it. Let's see how many are on food stamps in 4 more years. This truly, truly sucks.
gsprofval
by Gold Member on Nov. 24, 2012 at 10:30 PM
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I wonder how obama is going to fund the millions on food stamps when no one is working to pay those taxes.  How will he raise taxes on people who aren't working and on companies that are no longer in business because of his taxes and regulations?

Hey, dems and liberals, please answer my question.

 

29again
by Gold Member on Nov. 24, 2012 at 10:52 PM
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Quoting gsprofval:

I wonder how obama is going to fund the millions on food stamps when no one is working to pay those taxes.  How will he raise taxes on people who aren't working and on companies that are no longer in business because of his taxes and regulations?

Hey, dems and liberals, please answer my question.

 

Oh, that has such a simple answer!  They can just print more money!!  Then everyone will have what they need!  Or should I say that everyone will have teh ability to have what they need.  I am sure that there are some who will always think of their wants before their needs.  But, then, we could just print enough money for everyone to have every thing they could ever want.  We could ALL be happy then!





kailu1835
by Silver Member on Nov. 24, 2012 at 11:31 PM
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To the person who posted an article about a drought, I'm not buying it.  We grow enough food in this country to feed the entire world, yet our government pays farmers to plow their crops under.  Drought my ass.

imamomzilla
by on Nov. 25, 2012 at 8:26 AM
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 2016....if we can make it.

fingers crossed

Hang in there!

Quoting Ednarooni160:

Can there or and/or will there ever be good news in this country again..

 

Simmeringhearts
by on Nov. 25, 2012 at 8:36 AM
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And just think, this is only in 4 years! I know the number will go much higher by the end of Obama's 2nd term. How many have already been laid off? Obama must be so proud of his legacy!

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