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One in 6.5 people in America are on food stamps in September.


rhonda15

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In the 70's that figure was 1 in 50.

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.

Read more: Food stamp use reaches another high in September: 47.7 million participants | The Daily Caller
Food stamps = modern equivalent of soup kitchens and there are almost 50 million americans on it.
 

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Well....soup kitchens are the modern equivalent of soup kitchens. Simple throwing out the number is a bit meaningless. Do you think it's a sign that more people need assistance getting food, or that the % of people in poverty has stayed relatively static and that the govt is simply helping more of them?
 

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Well....soup kitchens are the modern equivalent of soup kitchens. Simple throwing out the number is a bit meaningless. Do you think it's a sign that more people need assistance getting food, or that the % of people in poverty has stayed relatively static and that the govt is simply helping more of them?
No point in asking rhonda for an opinion because she never has one.
 

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In the 70's that figure was 1 in 50.



Food stamps = modern equivalent of soup kitchens and there are almost 50 million americans on it.
Perhaps we should introduce it here for gentleman like the one interviewed by Paddy O Gorman in Mullingar recently , 12 kids , and unemployed for 30 years .
 

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With over two million people qualifying for support under our generous welfare system how many would qualify for food stamps here, if a scheme were introduced?
 

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Perhaps we should introduce it here for gentleman like the one interviewed by Paddy O Gorman in Mullingar recently , 12 kids , and unemployed for 30 years .
I'd be all for it. A special card usable only in the 26 counties and which could not be used for drink and fags and had to be spent within 3 months would be what is needed.
 
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I'd be all for it. A special card usable only in the 26 counties and which could not be used for drink and fags and had to be spent within 3 months would be what is needed.
For people who are out of work through no fault of their own and who are entitled to benefits based on their PRSI contributions?
 

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For people who are out of work through no fault of their own and who are entitled to benefits based on their PRSI contributions?
No for people who have used up their contributions a long time ago or have never made any. Also for child benefit.
 
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Mississippi...poorest of all the states and also the fattest. Obviously something isn't working out with that system.
 

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Perhaps we should introduce it here for gentleman like the one interviewed by Paddy O Gorman in Mullingar recently , 12 kids , and unemployed for 30 years .
People like that give everyone on social welfare a bad name. Imo 1 in 4 on dole are wasters the rest should not be tarred by the few.
 

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Why food stamps - what would be the benefit to the State?
What does it benefit the state to feed , clothe , and house a family like our guy in Mullingar who has avoided work for 30 years ? Perhaps a little incitement would help ?
 

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I'd be all for it. A special card usable only in the 26 counties and which could not be used for drink and fags and had to be spent within 3 months would be what is needed.
Its actually not an awful idea. It would turn the state into the largest purchaser of groceries in the country and, if used wisely, could drive down supermarket prices.

The gov could enter into negotiations with the big supermarkets and secure a 20% discount - effectively buying the food stamps at below supermarket prices. It would save a fortune.
 

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Its actually not an awful idea. It would turn the state into the largest purchaser of groceries in the country and, if used wisely, could drive down supermarket prices.

The gov could enter into negotiations with the big supermarkets and secure a 20% discount - effectively buying the food stamps at below supermarket prices. It would save a fortune.
Precisely. Plus it would mean money meant for kids and living expenses could not used on beer, fags and drugs.
 
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What does it benefit the state to feed , clothe , and house a family like our guy in Mullingar who has avoided work for 30 years ? Perhaps a little incitement would help ?
That doesn't answer my question.
 

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Were the eligibility criteria in the 1970s the same as today?
 

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By that logic part of our salaries should be paid in stamps!
No. It is for people out of work for a long time, not people who earn the money. Likewise it would mean child benefit being spent on things that kids need as opposed to the whims of parents.
 

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The OP's assertion that this is the modern day equivalent of Soup Kitchens is way off the mark and a classic example of people on this site mouthing off with a few facts to draw erroneous conclusions.

For starters, I know people like to suggest that Food Stamps are the final demeaning last resort safety net in a brutal capitalist system but they are not. They are becoming widely availed of by a wide section of the population many of whom are working and earning income, rather like Child benefit has become seen to be an automatic entitlement here. It is also subject to many of the same astonishing abuses we see in our own social welfare system.

By way of example, a client's daughter is studying at Princeton and her class was recently given a 2 hour information session on how to claim these and other entitlements. To her astonishment, she is entitled despite having a millionaire father.

Secondly, the Soup Kitchen analogy is flawed as except in a couple of states where legislation was introduced to prevent the card you are issued being used at the Hustler club, in most states you can spend your entitlement as you see fit and it doesn't necessarly have to be spent on food.

In summary, the fact that spending on that program has "quadrupled and doubled" in the last four years is not evidence that the number of people who are genuinely dependent on the program and have no other means of sustenance has increased by a similar factor.
 
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No. It is for people out of work for a long time, not people who earn the money. Likewise it would mean child benefit being spent on things that kids need as opposed to the whims of parents.
No - if the government has a valid interest in seeing that kids are properly fed, clothed etc in the case of SW recipients why does it not exercise the same interest in the children of those working? There are far too many kids not being looked after properly by working parents who spend too much on alcohol and fags. Why single out those out of work in an economy that has failed them?
 
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