USDA Combats ‘Mountain Pride,’ Self-Reliance to Boost Food Stamp Rolls

Caroline May, Daily Caller, July 3, 2012

One in seven Americans are on food stamps, but the government is pushing to enroll more—in many instances working to overcome Americans’ “pride,” self-reliance or failure to see a need.

“Our common goal is to increase participation in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program,” the United States Department of Agriculture explains on its “Outreach Toolkits” page. “Our purpose is to ensure that those going through difficult times can feed their families healthy, nutritious food. By working as a team, we can accomplish these goals.”

The USDA has adopted a range of strategies and programs designed to bring more people to SNAP, including taking on “pride.” A 2011 Hunger Champions Award document reveals that local assistance offices have been rewarded for “counteracting” pride and pushing more people to sign up for benefits.

The Ashe County Department of Social Services in Jefferson, N.C., for example, received a “Gold” award for confronting “mountain pride” and increasing food stamp participation by 10 percent.

“Hearing from the outreach worker that benefits could be used to purchase seeds and plants for their gardens turned out to be a very important strategy in counteracting what they described as ‘mountain pride’ and appealed to those who wished not to rely on others,” the document explains. “Eventually, many accepted assistance from the Low Income Energy Assistance Program, the Qualified Medicare Beneficiary program, and others, in some cases doubling a household’s net income. In 1 year, SNAP participation increased over 10 percent.”

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The agency adds that there are many hurdles—including reticence to accept government aid—that SNAP advocates must overcome in order to make eligible people accept the government’s help.

According to the USDA, 65 percent of those eligible claim SNAP benefits, a number the agency has been working to increase.

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“I think it’s a deep problem when SNAP officials think it is their duty to overcome ‘mountain pride’ or overcome the American sense of independence and individual responsibility,” [Alabama Sen. Jeff] Sessions told The Daily Caller in an interview. “They seem to think that is an anachronism and that modern Americans shouldn’t have pride and independence. I think it is highly troubling actually.”

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SNAP spending has doubled since 2008 and quadrupled since 2001. Participation has increased from 1-in-50 on food stamps in the 1970s to 1-in-7 today.

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[Editor’s Note: As of the 2000 census, Jefferson, NC, was 95.4 percent white and 1.4 percent black.]

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  • loyalwhitebriton

    “Mountain Pride”?! In other words, White Americans who would rather not be dependant on state handouts. Of course, this attitude of self reliance is an evil which must be stamped out in order to achieve the Democrats’ goal of a Socialist Utopia (sic).
    And so typical of leftist bureaucrats to celebrate any increase in welfare dependency; it doesn’t seem to occur to these num-nuts that if everybody was on welfare, the whole economic system would go KAPUT!. That knowledge, apparently, is confined to us “Right Wingers”!

  • ncpride

    I’m not surprised they are targeting our Mountain folk.  You’re talking about some of the most self sufficient people in the country, where everyone has a huge garden, and long hours are spent canning and freezing food for the winter. It’s a way of life there and I would know. I have family that still live in Jefferson, and as a matter of fact, we’re headed there this weekend to visit our new family member.
    And if you want a great (White) place to vacation, try the Blue Ridge Parkway.

    The government needs to buzz off and stay out of our business. We don’t need or want their hand-outs. Period. And if the younger generation are falling for this nonsense, SHAME on you!

  • Whiteman

    This is a surprise to me. Whenever an organization, such as social services, has an official mission statement saying something about how they’re doing all they can to end discrimination, this is where the most discrimination takes place. 

  • “Mountain Pride” vs illegal invading mexicans who have no such “pride!” Get the picture….

  • Our government is handing out “awards” (not just any award, but “gold” awards) for “combating” Whites who are self-reliant for their sustenance. In other words, our government wants to break the will of White Americans who are self-sufficient. They are determined to break the will of Americans in order to make them dependent on government for their survival. This is not the same “America” our Founding Fathers envisioned.

  • Their goal is slvery and addiction to socialism.

  • Vil

     This is an oldie but a goodie:

    “An economics professor at a local college made a statement that he had
    never failed a single student before but had once failed an entire
    class.

    That class had insisted that socialism worked and that no one would be poor and no one would be rich, a great equalizer.

    The professor then said, “OK, we will have an experiment in this class
    on socialism.All grades wouldbe averaged and everyone would receive the
    same grade so no one would fail and no one would receive an A. After the
    first test, the grades were averaged and everyone got a B.

    The students who studied hard were upset and the students who studied
    little were happy. As the second test rolled around, the students who
    studied little had studied even less andthe ones who studied hard
    decided they wanted a free ride too so they studied little. The second
    test average was a D! No one was happy. When the 3rd test rolled around,
    the average was an F. The scores never increased as bickering, blame
    and name-calling all resulted in hard feelings and no one would study
    for the benefit of anyoneelse. All failed, to their great surprise, and
    the professor told them that socialism would also ultimately fail
    because when the reward is great, the effort to succeed is great, but
    when government takes all the reward away, no one will try or want to
    succeed. Could not be any simpler than that…!”

  • By accepting government handouts, you become dependent on the government, which is exactly what the beast wants, which in turn gives the beast more and more control over your life. Which is exactly the end goal.

  • I’m going to sign up for SNAP benefits. Then spend every dollar the government gives me on non-perishable, doomsday food supplies. Ha! The government is going to help stock my race-war bunker!

  • First of all, I LOVE that part of our country! The mountain areas of NC and Tenn. are just beautiful. Secondly, I think the “Mountain Pride” they are talking about is what early America was like all across this wonderful land….self-sufficient pride ruled the day. That thought process has been slowly eroded. The socialists cannot have that…we must all be dependent on the government. I cannot fathom that this is what our nation has become. When I think of “rugged individualism” the Blue Ridge area is one of the few areas left in America that still comes to mind. Those Scotch-Irish immigrants that are so badly portrayed in the media and liberal Hollywood as backwards hillbillies  still have that spirit that can be a model to many of us. It seems that the Progressives realize this and are on the offensive. Who needs to “combat pride” ??

  • Global Minority

    Don’t be suprised if FB shuts down your account after posting it. FB is on a great white witch hunt.

    • The__Bobster

      Which is why I create throwaway FB accounts.

  • Global Minority

    Mountain Pride scared the hell of the elites in DC.  They no darn well that Mountain Pride is code word for backwards White people. (thats what they really think of them)  They just came up with a silly little “slogan” such as Mountain Pride. They should have just named Great WHITE Mountain Pride.

    • ncpride

      You’re right. That IS what they think of us. I always get a kick out of this misconception of mountain folk, because nothing could be further from the truth. If this country collapses from any number of disasters that seem to be coming our way, these armed to the teeth, self-sufficent, hard working, backward hillbilles will have the last laugh, because we know exactly how to survive and on our own.

    • sarah stein

       Mountain people lack the financial sophistication to pay $500,000 for a $200,000 house, then  finance it under an adjustable rate mortgage, because after all, everyone knows you can’t lose money in real estate.  If only Bank of America had an outreach program.

  • VintageHippie

    As one who is living through the “straight line winds” disaster, I will say that many of those in Appalachia are far better off than their government dole counterparts thanks to good ol’ Appalachian ingenuity and intelligence.  If far more people would take care of THEMSELVES, they’d not need the government dole at all, and thus all control in that area would cease, but the government doesn’t want that.  They want more people dependent on the paternalism so they can control them.  GO INDEPENDENCE…it’s what this country was built on and what made it a success in the first place.

  • The denizens of the mountainous regions remind me of the Amish in a way.  I remember last year when they arrested some Amish for some piddley-doo offense.  They released the mug shots, and one of the young men had a defiant look on his face, and I knew exactly what he was saying with his stare — “In ten years you people are going to be begging me to teach you how to survive.”  We’ll be begging them and these mountain residents.

  • So the Obama administration’s latest project is taking “mountain pride” and turning it into human garbage. Huzzah.

    However I think I see a little problem with their scheme to just take away Americans’ pride and self-reliance…

  • Kurt Plummer

    >
    “Our common goal is to increase participation in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program,” the United States Department of Agriculture explains on its “Outreach Toolkits” page. “Our purpose is to ensure that those going through difficult times can feed their families healthy, nutritious food. By working as a team, we can accomplish these goals.”
    >

    What it does is open up the State to infiltration by those who would need the SNAP/EBT capabilities to survive.

    >
    “Hearing from the outreach worker that benefits could be used to purchase seeds and plants for their gardens turned out to be a very important strategy in counteracting what they described as ‘mountain pride’ and appealed to those who wished not to rely on others,” the document explains.
    >

    See, this does worry me.  Both because if they are that poor that they are pressed for the ability to purchase or recycle seeds, they may well need the support.  But also because it opens the way to dependency on agro supplies whose ‘eligibility’ may be turned on or off, depending on whether they are GMO. 

    >>
    “Eventually, many accepted assistance from the Low Income Energy Assistance Program, the Qualified Medicare Beneficiary program, and others, in some cases doubling a household’s net income. In 1 year, SNAP participation increased over 10 percent.”
    >>

    Once again, I have _no problem_ with keeping people warm and under medical care, if only because an ounce of prevention is worth a thousand dollar trip to the dentist or doctor because you aren’t getting the vitamins or minerals you need.  They are white, they are hard working.  Help them out.  Many states have work relief programs wherein beneficiaries must contribute 25-40 hours a month to be eligible.

    There is nothing wrong with that if they feel a need to earn their benefits, most especially as most of the work hours are spent in places like soup kitchens, ARC stores and similar, community benefit, projects.  If these people are churgh goers, there are quite a few eligible charities that can punch their ticket for EBT/SNAP as well.

    >>
    Overcoming “beliefs” is a stated method from the USDA to bring more people to the program.
    A “Common SNAP Myths” sheet from the “Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Community Outreach Partner Toolkit” details the importance of reaching people who do not think they qualify or have beliefs that conflict with accepting food stamps.
    “Millions of low-income people are not accessing the nutrition benefits for which they qualify,” the “myth” sheet explains. “To be effective, it is important that our national and local outreach efforts counter myths about SNAP among those who think they are not eligible or have beliefs that discourage them from enrolling.”
    >>

    I must admit, I would rather see the government invest in longer term benefits for the region.  Be that job creation or electrical/utilities expansion.  But at the same time, the more infrastructure building enterprises you bring in, the more likely you are to see infiltration by other ethnies used to living in similar circumstances.

    Hispanics are a major cultural problem coming into the NC (see the issues with drunk driving and diving without license or insurance) and they naturally tend to head into rural areas.  Giving them a 7-11 and SNAP amounts to an invitation, giving better access to power and water is almost defacto guaranteed ethnic displacement.

    >>
    USDA claims that eligible people who do not participate are actually harming their communities by preventing additional funds from entering their respective economies.
    >>

    Which is what this suggests to me.  Commercial exploitation as the front runner to breaking up white strongholds.

    >>
    “SNAP is an investment in our future. It offers nutrition benefits to participating clients, supports work, and provides economic benefits to communities,” USDA explains on one of its outreach pages.
    >>

    Forcing widescale social benefits acceptance is a case of creating poverty enablement which brings ethnic entitlement chasers which brings crime.

    >>
     “However, too many low-income people who are eligible for the program do not participate and thus forgo nutrition assistance that could stretch their food dollars at the grocery store. Their communities lose out on the benefits provided by new SNAP dollars flowing into local economies.”
    >>

    And the beautiful mountain communities of North Carolina soon start to look like Miami or St. Louis.

    >>
    The USDA also claims increasing food stamp participation is an economic stimulus.
    “Outreach and education are powerful tools in overcoming barriers to SNAP participation. Even a small increase in SNAP participation can have a substantial impact,” USDA continues. “If the national participation rate rose 5 percentage points, 1.9 million more low-income people would have an additional $1.3 billion in benefits per year to use to purchase healthy food and $2.5 billion total in new economic activity would be generated nationwide.”
    >>

    It’s a threshold kicker.  USDA gets larger chunks of budget allocation based on ‘demonstrable growth in demand’.  And never mind that it’s actually a negative economic indicator as it means more people are unable to generate their own income.

    >>
    Alabama Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions, the ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee, described USDA’s assertion that food stamps are beneficial to the economy as “ludicrous.”
    Sessions, who has had his eye on food stamp reform for years, added that USDA’s focus on reducing cultural impediments to food stamp participation is particularly concerning.
    “I think it’s a deep problem when SNAP officials think it is their duty to overcome ‘mountain pride’ or overcome the American sense of independence and individual responsibility,” Sessions told The Daily Caller in an interview. “They seem to think that is an anachronism and that modern Americans shouldn’t have pride and independence. I think it is highly troubling actually.” (SEE ALSO: USDA suggests food stamp parties, games to increase participation)
    >>

    Great, someone sees it.  But doesn’t see or care to admit that the associated ethnic infiltration that comes with it and may be the ultimate, overarching, goal.

  • So the stupid, lazy, and useless who can’t even put food on their own table not only have the option of getting all they need without lifting a finger for it, but they are actually being encouraged to become dependent on government services while the taxpaying populations continue to dwindle. Thomas Jefferson is spinning in his grave. Meanwhile, those who actually want to better themselves, get educated, and contribute to enhancing this country’s competitiveness have to either pay the bill themselves or get high interest govt. loans. What madness. No wonder countries like Finland and Sweden that use tax money to subsidize higher education are flying past the USA.

  • ncpride

    I’d say the whole country was less bright in 1914, especially very rural areas where education often took a back seat due to the need to work and survive.

    The very idea that Moutain folk in 2012 are ‘backward’ , less educated and ignorant is beyond absurd. Not that you were implying that, those are just a few of the ways I’ve heard us referred to.

  • This ‘Mountain Pride’ self-reliance reminds me of the first 20 minutes of There Will Be Blood, one of the greatest scenes in film history. There was Daniel Day-Lewis, doing the hard work no Mexican would have the brains or braun to do, single handedly pulling civilization out of the earth, then crawling all the way back to town with a broken leg through the California wasteland and stopping to get the spoils of his work before seeing a doctor. That right there sums up everything that this country was built on. No blacks, no browns, just hard working white men who still today carry this country’s economy with tens of millions of nonwhites on top of them.

  • sarah stein

    Self sufficient people are the government’s worst nightmare.

  • Unelecting the first black president will do a lot more to awaken White racial awareness than letting him win. 

  • J.T. Brooks

    I have just viewed the Mountain Pride (Jefferson, N.C) portion of the
    Fox Report. Seeing the humongous scope, corruption, and big corporation involvement and the incentive for recruiting people people to be a part of signing up as many people as possible, gave me the incentive to respond to the food stamp program. My wife and I were born and grew up near Jefferson. We feel very fortunate to have grown up in that area. I came into this world with nothing and still have most of it. Seriously, the work ethic, honesty, and integrity of those hard-working people probably could be matched, but not exceeded. I love the people of Ashe County and the beauty of the land, but I question this type of exposure as being beneficial to the citizens of that area.