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Food stamp use reaches another high in September: 47.7 million participants

Posted by on Dec. 10, 2012 at 8:13 AM
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Participation in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or food stamps, reached another high in September, according to new data released by the United Stated Department of Agriculture.

The most recent data on SNAP participation were released Friday, and showed that 47,710,324 people were enrolled in the program in September, an increase of 607,559 from the 47,102,765 enrolled in August.

The number of households enrolled in the program also increased from 22,684,463 in August to 22,973,698 in September, an increase of 289,235. The average benefit, according to the new data, was $134.29 per person and $278.89 per household.

Texas, California, and Florida were the states with the most recipients, the Agriculture Department reported.

The new numbers mean that an estimated one in 6.5 people in America were on food stamps in September.

In the 1970s, one out of every 50 Americans was on food stamps. Since 2001, spending on the program has quadrupled and doubled in the last four years.

USDA notes that its data are preliminary and subject to revisions. Additionally, USDA says, its numbers factor in those on SNAP as a means of disaster assistance, though the September numbers do not include people enrolled in the program due to Hurricane Sandy, which hit New York and New Jersey in late October.

The new numbers come as Newark Mayor Cory Booker is engaged in a highly publicized “Food Stamp Challenge,” attempting to live solely on an approximately $30 weekly benefit for his entire weekly food budget, to raise awareness about the plight of people enrolled in SNAP. The benefit is, however, intended to supplement a person’s overall food budget.

by on Dec. 10, 2012 at 8:13 AM
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_Kissy_
by on Dec. 10, 2012 at 8:26 AM
Lol. Must be the 47% that voted Romney
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Simmeringhearts
by on Dec. 10, 2012 at 8:30 AM

Anyone see that they want to microchip the recipients?

candlegal
by Judy on Dec. 10, 2012 at 8:31 AM

Yeah, that's it.

Quoting _Kissy_:

Lol. Must be the 47% that voted Romney


LauraKW
by "Dude!" on Dec. 10, 2012 at 8:32 AM
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Thank goodness those 22 million+ families will have food on the table today. I am grateful they have some assistance this holiday season. I hope the new year brings them all better fortune.
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LauraKW
by "Dude!" on Dec. 10, 2012 at 8:34 AM
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Saw it from a tinfoil hat wearers website that also sold survival seeds and encouraged you to buy gold.

Quoting Simmeringhearts:

Anyone see that they want to microchip the recipients?

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Simmeringhearts
by on Dec. 10, 2012 at 8:36 AM

So, did you buy some seeds and gold? I actually saw it on a creditable site

Quoting LauraKW:

Saw it from a tinfoil hat wearers website that also sold survival seeds and encouraged you to buy gold.

Quoting Simmeringhearts:

Anyone see that they want to microchip the recipients?


EireLass
by Ruby Member on Dec. 10, 2012 at 9:38 AM
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I'm glad my daughter and grandson won't go hungry.

meriana
by Gold Member on Dec. 10, 2012 at 9:59 AM
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What else would one expect when so many jobs having been lost and many people who are working are working at jobs with low wages which cannot support a family. Love how the article points out the number of people needing food stamps in 1970 and the increase in that number since 2001 without, apparently, looking at the reasons such as jobs being lost to cheap labor over-seas; employers hiring for part-time work rather than full-time work, low wages in many areas of work, the list goes on as to why more people than ever before need food stamp assistance.

radioheid
by Libertarian on Dec. 10, 2012 at 10:02 AM
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 So, when is this economic recovery supposed to happen? Because I personally don't consider nearly 50 million Americans on food stamps to be "economic recovery". There should never be more than 6 million people on food stamps at any given moment (2% of the population, or approximately half of a 4% unemployment rate, which IS attainable...if we had decent leadership and economic policies that favored business growth.)


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Billiejeens
by on Dec. 10, 2012 at 10:05 AM
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Quoting Simmeringhearts:

Anyone see that they want to microchip the recipients?

I missed that, but that would make sense.

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