How Many People Around You Receive Food Stamps?

Chris Kirk, Slate, April 30, 2013

Since the turn of the millennium, participation in the food stamp program, known officially as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, has more than doubled to 15 percent of all U.S. residents in January. In some parts of the country, as few as 1 in 20 people receive food stamps. In others, the figure is more than 1 in 3. Low-income households that meet SNAP eligibility requirements receive a payment card that can only be used to buy government-approved essential foods.

Under President Obama’s watch, the value of the benefits distributed by the program each year has more than doubled as more people have fallen below the poverty line and more households have joined the program. {snip} Due to the high unemployment rate, the Obama administration has also waived a 1996 job requirement—a rule that made finding a job or enrolling in job training a prerequisite for receiving SNAP benefits—for 46 states. {snip}

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  • Puggg

    How Many People Around You Receive Food Stamps?

    In my driving around St. Louis, if I see a car with a “Hot 104.1” bumper sticker, I figure on the occupants having an EBT-financed culinary lifestyle.

  • The__Bobster

    I don’t know anyone with an EBT card. It was hard for me to imagine living on an income low enough to qualify, but then I came across this:

    Case Worker: Illegal Aliens Got Food Stamps by the “Vanload”, Judicial Watch, April 30, 2013

    For decades the U.S. government has knowingly given illegal immigrants food stamps, according to a former certification case worker who denounced the costly practice back in the 1980s but was essentially ordered to keep a lid on it.

    The retired assistant case manager, Craig McNees, was in charge of vetting food-stamp applicants in north Florida and Indiana in the ’80s and says the program was infested with fraud and corruption that was perpetually ignored by management. “Illegals would come in by the vanload and we were told to give them their stuff,” McNees said. “Management knew very well they were illegal. It was so rampant that some employees would tell their illegal relatives to come get food stamps.”

    McNees contacted Judicial Watch after reading documents obtained by JW from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) detailing how the agency is working with the Mexican government to promote participation by illegal aliens in the U.S. food stamp program. The effort includes a Spanish-language flyer provided to the Mexican Embassy by the USDA ensuring that Mexicans in the U.S. don’t need to declare their immigration status to get financial assistance from Uncle Sam.

    • Give a man a fish and he’ll eat for a day. Teach and man to fish …..

      “Management knew very well they were illegal. It was so rampant that some employees would tell their illegal relatives to come get food stamps.”

      Give a legal alien a job and he’ll feed his illegal family members for life …… with food stamps.

  • The__Bobster

    Funny how Obongo says we’re in a recovery, but the number of food stamp recipients continues to skyrocket.

    • gemjunior

      Since Obongo is black, in his eyes when more and more whites pay up for his people to sit around and put lotion on their ashy hands, the more of a recovery it is since he doesn’t have a clue anyway.

      • evilsandmich

        True to a point, but his policies are also ruining the white working class as well; icing on the cake.

    • Paleoconn

      When he talks about a thriving middle class, be sure he means govt workers, most of whom of course are minorities.

  • fenway23

    ” Low-income households that meet SNAP eligibility requirements receive a payment card that can only be used to buy government-approved essential foods.”

    By essential foods do they mean stuff like potato chips, canby bars, hawaiian punch and frozen french fries? Frustratingly, whenever a ban on the buying of junk food with EBT cards is proposed representatives from the snack food and beverage industries come out of the woodwork and make a huge stink about it. Apparently they think the tax-payers should be forced to subsidize their businesses. The use of food stamps for products such as chips, soda, etc. could be stopped tommorow if supermarkets were required to program their registers not to deduct funds from a person’s EBT account for non-eligable products. I know this because I’ve worked in the grocery industry. But our stupid politicians don’t have the brains or guts to do anything about it.

    • EBT-Food Stamps aren’t supposed to be used to buy alcohol and tobacco. But I have secret squirrel sources that tell me that the reality on the ground is otherwise at legitimate grocers and retailers. Furthermore, when the state governments those secret squirrel sources are in tries to crack down on that, the Feds intervene.

  • pcmustgo

    Cool tool. Not 100% against food stamps either. Am against people having too many out of wedlock children too young.

    • Jefferson

      Since you like to hang out with Latinos so much, how many of your Dominicana and Boricua friends in New York are on food stamps ?

  • bigone4u

    My late grandmother who worked all her life by taking in washing and doing other hard labor was on food stamps after her husband had his heart attack. She was in her 60s. I do not object to people like her getting them, but a week or so ago I sent a link to Amren about white middle class college students abusing the system. Neither they nor black loafers, breeders, and druggies should get them. Set up a food warehouse to distribute rice, beans, flour, and other staples and let them eat from that source.

    • brengunn

      The problem is, taking it away from them will mean taking it away from your granny. There is always going to be abuse in the system but the question is, is it more important that this abuse doesn’t take place (no food stamps at all) or is it more important to see hungry pensioners fed? It’s always more important to look after our weak and elderly.

      • bigone4u

        Good comment. I guess I had in mind a system where granny’s and disabled persons’ SS benefits could be increased to take care of food needs, while the bums were fed in other ways. I didn’t mention soup kitchens in my comment, but those might be an alternative too.

      • May I suggest a third way? My white grandmother gets, black moochers don’t.

        When you let your brain think racially and you ditch the insanity of being ideologically consistent, life gets a lot easier.

        • brengunn

          What about black grandmothers? Surely you wouldn’t let a black pensioner go hungry because of her colour?

          • PesachPatriot

            I’m not a big fan of the EBT card program…in the old days with actual food stamps there was some shame in presenting them at the checkout line and this motivated some people to get off the program ASAP….however, if it wasn’t for the EBT cards this whole country probably would have gone up in flames and looked like either the balkans or baghdad a few years ago. The fraud and waste in this peculiar american version of bread and circuses is piddling and paltry compared to the shenanigans occurring in the financial system and the military industrial complex.

          • brengunn

            How very true, PP. It’s a pity they share none of the scrutiny that welfare programs endure. Though I suppose it’s much easier to hate the poor than the rich.

          • PesachPatriot

            I think hatred of the poor is a very old thing, not necessarily limited to america,canada, the UK,or Europe. People hate what they fear, and the fear of becoming impoverished and destitute is always very near and very real in these uncertain economic times. I always give change to beggars at intersections because I feel badly for them, even if they end up spending it on booze or dope.The part of america where I live is very status conscious, although I do not really understand it….cars and houses are just necessities, I don’t think it defines who you are as a person. I have noticed in my life that many rich people are bitter and miserable and have a hard time parting with a nickel, but people of far lesser means are usually happy to give to charity or help others. It seems the two of us think very much alike on certain subjects.

          • brengunn

            It seems the two of us think very much alike on certain subjects.

            Yes, I thought the same thing. I, like you, have no desire for status through materialism. And I think, you’d agree that recognizing difference shouldn’t necessarily lead to hatred.

            I have noticed in my life that many rich people are bitter and miserable and have a hard time parting with a nickel

            My sister is a beautician and has many clients that are rich. She has often remarked to me that they hate to tip, and they certainly don’t tip in the way ordinary folks do.

          • PesachPatriot

            I hope your sister doesn’t have to take too much aggravation from the swells she is serving. I have seen people driving ferraris and porsches get into angry shouting matches over parking spaces at the mall during christmas shopping season. The bad behavior of the poor, while regrettable, can sometimes be understood because of ignorance, poor diet, bad upbringing etc, when rich people behave like jerks there really isn’t much of an excuse. Someone with a net worth of more than 10 million dollars and an MBA should behave themselves a little better than the average stressed out paycheck to paycheck working person. It would would be neat if we could grab a few pints and have a discussion in the real world…

          • brengunn

            True, maybe if I’m ever in your neck of the woods, should my sister in AF ever be posted back to San Antonio, we’ll be able to do that.

          • PesachPatriot

            Its kind of a long drive from florida to san antonio….what is AF? Make sure to bring plenty of sunblock if you ever make it down here…and watch out for face-eating zombies lol

          • brengunn

            Air Force. One of my sisters is an officer in your AF, unfortunately she was stationed in Florida recently, she’s in Europe now. I thought you lived in Texas?

          • PesachPatriot

            Oh ok….not a texan although I hear its a great place and i stopped there once last year on a flight back from california…i grew up in NY but i’ve lived in florida for the last 8 years.

          • brengunn

            I thought that’s where Jews go to die? You must be the healthiest Jew in the whole state!!

          • PesachPatriot

            LOL’s to that…not all of us here are old….I feel pretty old at 34 years some times, but then I realize i’m still pretty young….for a tree or a turtle…I wanted to enjoy the sun and the beach while I could still walk with my own legs and chew with my own teeth….Its a good place to raise a kid because you don’t have to buy winter clothes each year.

          • David Ashton

            They certainly don’t go the West Bank for that reason.

          • PesachPatriot

            No one in their right mind goes to live in the west bank unless they are young, fit and able to carry and use a pistol and assault rifle every single day. The sad thing is that in the last decade Hebron, Nablus, and Ramallah probably have less murder, stabbings and shootings per year than Detroit, Chicago or Atlanta. Its also much safer to walk around Tel aviv or Jerusalem at night than west palm beach or miami.

          • Wayne

            Nature has wired us to detest and fear poverty because it motivates us to avoid it and survive. It is and should be natural to despise it.

          • GREG PACE

            I say let any black starve

          • Wayne

            She would not be going hungry because of her color, nitwit. She would go hungry because 1) her descendents don’t give a damn about her, 2) she didn’t have children (highly unlikely), 3) the Church fails in it’s calling. Any way, it is not the governments place to play sugar daddy.

      • Wayne

        Oh stop, for crying out loud! Elderly are to be taken care of by loving family members, just as Nature and Nature’s God intended. This is one of the major reasons for bearing children. Aside from that exists charity, which is the realm of the Church, not the government. Socialist idiocy destroys families, marriages, and is disrespectful to the elderly. The major problem with this country is that it is run for the sole purpose of subsidizing the breeding of the sick, ugly, irresponsible, poor, weak, dull, stupid, perverted, queer, savage, slow and dumb at the expence of the bright, upright, strong healthy, beautiful, capable, responsible, virtuous and good. But this is essentially the purpose of socialism–to advance the bad over the good, or, evolution in reverse.

        • brengunn

          Socialist idiocy destroys families, marriages, and is disrespectful to the elderly.

          And your proof is?

          What is the state if not a wider family?

          Wayne, I bet you’re a man that believes in patriotism and having a strong military? Well, why should a citizen care for his country when his country is unwilling to care for him, should he need it?

          Would you expect a man to die for a country that would see him starve in his dotage because he’s poor, or sick or alone?

          I cannot respect such a country.

          • Wayne

            Take a look aroun, Bolshevik! What’s the marriage fail rate? What’s the out of wedlock birt rate? In nature, there are economic consequences that punish divorce and birthing bastards. Socialism removes this natural and healthy effect, destroying the common sense morality that Nature put in place. There are no serious consequences for negative behavior.
            Look at the abysmal birth rate in Western socialist countries. These sheeple have full confidence their sugar daddy government will take care of them cradle to grave, so they spend their lives like Peter Pan, never growing up or planning ahead. The State you worship then imports outsiders to keep the gravey train working while the sheeple go extinct–nature will not be mocked.
            Socialism causes Citizens to be viewed as nothing more than consumers, consuming like pigs ready for slaughter. The elderly should be respected, not thrown in an old folks home at government expense and culled when they get too expensive.

          • brengunn

            This is such a confused theory that I don’t know what to make of it. I’ll just say that Capitalism created our Western societies and problems like dropping birth rate are due to the wealth that has been created due to this system.

          • Wayne

            Baloney! Western society existed for thousands of years before capitalism. Capitalism didn’t create the West, white men did.

            Your hero Karl Marx in fact advocated for the abolition of the family. Socialism is communism incrementally.

            Increased standard of living is also a contributing factor to low birth rate as well. I agree with Adam Smith on that. But it does not explain illegitimacy.

          • Wayne

            The State an extended family??? Are you serious? My family, sir, speaks my language, shares my history, culture, race, and religion. The Boston Bombers are surely part of the State you worship, they are not part of mine. Neither are Dreamers, Muslims, etc. do you want your parents to be cared for by these types? Would they be loved and cherished by strangers as much as by true family? Think for once, you fool!

          • brengunn

            I didn’t say the state was a substitute for family but it should be a wider family, yes. You’ve no idea what you’re on about. Blaming socialism for everything, Jesus, you’re simple.

          • Wayne

            So the Boston Bombers are your extended family and the 11 (more like 30) million amnestied aliens are going to be your family by the waving of the magic government wand, right?
            Democracy + Welfare State + Open Borders = National Suicide

            Government (state) does NOT equal nation. Nation is blood and soil.

          • brengunn

            Nation is blood and soil.

            What does that even mean?

            Look, the government are our elected officials. We elect them to make the laws and allocate our tax money to what the country needs. We elect them to make our life better, easier, safer, and more prosperous. They are the heads of our wider family.

            The people, while there may be many bad ones, there are many more good ones. We share a destiny, we all pay our taxes and elect the same officials. Our work makes the country prosperous, should we ever need a little help, I think we’ve earned it.

            Let’s hope you never fall on bad times.

          • Wayne

            Why are you yet again substituting government for family??
            Blood and soil is just that–blood (kinship) and soil (territory). Clear??
            But you are right, it is a free country! You are free to take in as many extended Spanish or Arab or Somali speaking extended family members as you like. Nobody is stopping you. Have 10 or 12 live with you, feed them and cloth them. Put them at the head of the line before your REAL family. You are free to do that, and you have such a big heart!! Right??

          • brengunn

            Blood and soil is just that–blood (kinship) and soil (territory). Clear??

            So you’re an advocate of tribalism? How small minded, you’re centuries behind the curve there Wayne.

          • Wayne

            I prefer the reality of nature to your abstract fantasies.

          • Veritas_lux_mea

            Wayne is 100% right on with his posts. Blood and soil nationalism is growing all over the West, especially in Europe. Looks like you’re the one who needs to get with the times brengunn.

          • Tim

            “Blood and Soil. What does that even mean?” It means that “Coal Miner was my father, as was his father, his father`s father and all their sons and brothers”…. any questions?

          • Jenkem Huffington

            We elect them to make our life better, easier, safer, and more prosperous. They are the heads of our wider family.
            A+ for explaining the childish mentality that yearns for socialism. I’ll just leave this here:

            The primary reason why the individual citizens of a country create a political structure is a subconscious wish or desire to perpetuate their own dependency relationship of childhood. Simply put, they want a human god to eliminate all risk from their life, pat them on the head, kiss their bruises, put a chicken on every dinner table, clothe their bodies, tuck them into bed at night, and tell them that everything will be alright when they wake up in the morning.

            This public demand is incredible, so the human god, the politician, meets incredibility with incredibility by promising the world and delivering nothing. So who is the bigger liar? the public? or the “godfather”?
            This public behavior is surrender born of fear, laziness, and expediency. It is the basis of the welfare state as a strategic weapon, useful against a disgusting public.

          • Jenkem Huffington

            Claims socialism doesn’t destroy families, then admits that the state IS your family. This is the core of socialism. There is no family but the state, there is no God but the state. Our only loyalty is to the state, and we thank the state for all that is good.

            You can’t respect a country that won’t steal from producers to feed layabouts? Seriously, try China, Cuba, or North Korea and have your socialist utopia. You pretend to work and the government pretends to pay you and you can feel good about yourself.

            I would counter this by asking, how can you respect a country that rewards those who refuse to work and punishes those who do?

      • Wayne

        Feeding riff raff causes them to breed. Stop feeding the degenerates! Uninalysis before befefits are paid!

        • brengunn

          No, this makes no sense. As you noted before, in our so called socialist societies birth rates are plummeting while in third world countries with no social security they’re breeding like rabbits.

          How can you argue socialism both lowers population and causes people to breed.

          • PesachPatriot

            I think what wayne is getting at is that people don’t need to have kids in societies with senior pensions and a welfare system(most of the western/civilized world)….in third world hellholes your kids and grandkids are your social security check and home security system….currencies and regimes fail constantly in africa, asia, and latin america….most people in those countries don’t expect that they will even have a continuity of government between youth and old age. In those places people don’t have 401K plans or government pensions…they hoard fifty and hundred dollar bills in duffel bags under the bed and bury gold and silver in their yards. In many parts of the world making it to 65 years old is a pretty significant accomplishment.

          • Wayne

            Oh God! Do I have to explain everything to you? You must have attended university!
            Equatorial peoples evolved in a relatively easy environment. The sexual strategy that works best in such on environment is sex early and often with as many partners as possible. Besides the few who die of disease or wild animals, the rest will survive. Food in plenty enough so that a mother alone can forage for just enough, there is no need for clothing and minimal shelter.
            Northern peoples who behaved I. This way were culled every year by Winter. Men and women were forced to work together if their children were to survive. Pregnancy was a big risk, the female needed a dependable loyal man or she and the child would die. Complex shelters and clothing were necessities. Men were forced to depend on one another for the hunting of large game. Hence the survival strategy changed from sex early and often to careful selection and quality over quantity.
            So, the third world will tend to over populate regardless. It’s in the evolutionary wiring. Feeding them whether in Detroit or Somalia only worsens their misery, hence do not feed the riff raff. Northern peoples are different in that we tend to have more children in tough times only, and with ease, luxury, and man-made unnatural safety nets have fewer children. Hence socialism is creating fewer births in white societies.
            But you believe and worship the god of equality, don’t you? You believe an Aborigine and a Norseman are 100% interchangeable, right?
            Equality is a false god.

          • Jenkem Huffington

            Note that birthrates of the responsible producers who can think more than 3 minutes into the future are dropping …because they can’t afford to have children themselves after paying for Sha-nay-nay and Guadalupe’s litters.

      • Jenkem Huffington

        Head on over to Cuba or China if you believe that feeding everyone is the responsibility of the state.
        In America it is more important to defend the rights of the individual. I have a right to my labor and the irresponsible, infirm, and layabouts may recieve my charity voulentarily, but have no right to extort it at the barrel of a gun.

        • NYB

          Limited state welfare, as in Scandinavia and Northern Europe, is viable among a racially homogeneous population with strong values centered around the European work ethic.

          The minute other races are placed on the dole, the system becomes fatally flawed.

      • Andy

        I’m sure there’s some way to feed hard-working old women without paying for able-bodied twenty-year-olds. Honestly, I think we should hand out food from pantries each week to people who need it and stop with the money.

    • sbuffalonative

      We used to have this idea of a social safety net protecting ‘widows and orphans’. Most people believed it was a good idea; taking care of mothers and children who lost their husband and fathers in war or a mining accident.
      The problem is that “progressives” keep expanding the “victim” list.
      How is an illegal alien who made the CHOICE to come here a victim of American society?

      • bigone4u

        I stopped to talk to a white homeless man today because I saw he had a beautiful pit bull puppy with gorgeous markings, green eyes, and a pink nose and I always pet every dog I see. The fellow turned out to be quite nice and intelligent. Sadly, he had stage 4 lymphoma, but had received chemotherapy from some source. A charity had given him 25 pounds of dog food, but if I had been thinking clearly I would have pulled out a $20 bill and forced it on him. He was far from his home in Arkansas, but given his circumstances every bit of temporary charity seems to me to be deserved. Like you say, no illegal can rightly claim to be a victim. This fellow seemed quite content to be independent and did not give off that victim aura.

    • Jenkem Huffington

      Shame on YOU for not taking her in and supporting her.
      If granny is hungry, do you have the right to go into your neighbor’s house with a gun and rob him for her food? If so, please explain, if not, how is this any difference when the “gun” you use is that of the IRS?
      Furthermore, considering we don’t have money now to pay our bills and all taxes are going just towards interest on the debt, what right do you have to steal from people not even born yet to feed your family?

  • DailyKenn

    I stopped by the Dollar General Store to pick up a few things yesterday. The employees at that store are all white, mostly young adults working second jobs to make ends meet. The customers are about 80 percent Hispanic, nearly all carrying EBT cards with a bunch of kids in tow.

    Liberals say the EBT cards allow the white people to have jobs. I say if it weren’t for EBT cards the white people wouldn’t have to work long hours at second jobs and could be home with their families.

    • bigone4u

      A hundred up arrows at ya. Wealth transfers do not create jobs. That’s one of the lessons I used to teach in Econ 101.

    • blight14

      Well stated Kenn, as usual……greetings from Louisville…..B

      • DailyKenn

        Nice Vette

        • blight14

          Just across the river from you Kenn…….Brett

    • Michael_C_Scott

      Yep; the greasers would still be there if they had to pay cash.

      One of the biggest problems inherent in using a program like Food Stamps to feed people is that anything run by government requires an enormous administrative overhead, which – as you hinted – increases the tax burden on productive workers.

  • Secret Tribunal

    Start noticing the web sites and news stories from institutions. The photos always show blacks and Whites together, but only blacks are winning awards. Look deeper, and only Whites are seen doing any actual work.

    Blacks get awards for being Diverse, which requires no work but being visible enough for White privilege to reach out and embrace it.

    • dogbone

      Getting up in the morning and showing up to work is quite an accomplishment for blacks. It’s equivalent to the Nobel prize to whites.

  • Dale Gribble

    I shop occasionally at a discount grocer on the diverse side of town, nearly all the shoppers are wearing some type of hijab burkha get up and are towing half a dozen kids per. I asked a young white female clerk if anyone paid in real money, she said rarely.

  • John Fritz

    Only 4% of the people in my county of 630,380 receive stamps.

    7.37% of people in my county are African American and 9.67% are Latino, so without them it would probably be <1%.

  • sbuffalonative

    I’m shocked that Erie County (which includes Buffalo, New York) only has 13% using food stamps. However, the number has increased 70% since 2000.

  • IstvanIN

    3% for my county.

  • GeneticsareDestiny

    10% of people in my county are on food stamps. Doesn’t surprise me at all. I thought it would be higher.

    • Michael_C_Scott

      Only 9% here. For giggles and grins, I tried Brownsville, Texas. They’re running 50%. Not really a suprise.

  • WR_the_realist

    6% here. But then, I moved into a very white but not wealthy area. I notice that the widget only gives results at the county level even though you enter a ZIP code, which in most areas is a more precisely defined area. The county I used to live in has a lower overall rate, but that county included both some very rich areas and some black and Hispanic neighborhoods, so I’m sure the various ZIP codes within the county have very disparate levels of food stamp use.

  • American Tax Payer

    My area is four percent with a cost of $15,251,890. And, it’s grown ONE HUNDRED SEVENTY THREE PERCENT since 2000. Which just happens to correspond with the rapid increase of the non-white population and the “whites” with their non-white children.

  • Erasmus

    And when we amnesty Juana, Lupita, Carlos and Ramón, those numbers are going to go way, way up.

    I’d slam Obongo for the breakdown of American society and the sellout of our country, but the clueless W, McCain, Miss Lindsey, Rubio and now Paul Ryan are all playing a big part in our nation’s destruction.

  • LHathaway

    So, immigrants (people of color) are sent to the front of the line on the food stamp tray. Then immigrant store owners (certain groups of ethnic people of color) are well known for participating in food stamp fraud when the stamps show up at market.

  • capnmorgan5150

    I tried punching East St. Louis into the search, somehow they just don’t have those figures. I wonder why?

  • Paleoconn

    I like how they make it show the change since 2000, that way Bush gets as much ‘blame’ for it as Obama, even though we all know the latter is largely the culprit. As much as I loathe Bush, we don’t need to lie to blame him for the odd thing he is not responsible for, there is plenty of bona fide blame to go to all the endless Bushes, as Coulter calls this silly US political dynasty.

  • I hear everyone and you make some good points but there are people who need the help. I have seen them in person and I could go and on about why, etc they need this help, and they are black and white, but my point is only that, you should never say EVERYONE, OR ALL, people on anything. I think there are a lot people playing games with the system but its never all of them.