Living on Nothing but Food Stamps

JASON DEPARLE and ROBERT M. GEBELOFF write in the NY Times:

About six million Americans receiving food stamps report they have no other income, according to an analysis of state data collected by the New York Times. In declarations that states verify and the federal government audits, they described themselves as unemployed and receiving no cash aid — no welfare, no unemployment insurance, and no pensions, child support or disability pay.

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Their numbers were rising before the recession as tougher welfare laws made it harder for poor people to get cash aid, but they have soared by about 50 percent over the past two years. About one in 50 Americans now lives in a household with a reported income that consists of nothing but a food-stamp card.

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  • mxmech

    I have nothing against the use of food stamps, growing up my mom had to use them. But I do want to say a couple of things regarding food stamps… First off; if you go down to your local food stamp office, look around. They actually have a sign that says “If your an illegal immagrent, do not fear. We will not report you to INS” I actually saw this sing when I went with a friend for them to apply. Now that is just wrong… Oh and my friend even though he works minimum wage and is trying to keep a roof over his family's heads. He was declined…

  • Anonymous

    I am one of these people, and every time I see some talking head on TV say that the economy is getting better, I want to get a high powered rifle and find a nice tall building…

  • rfw888

    I am one of these people, and every time I see some talking head on TV say that the economy is getting better, I want to get a high powered rifle and find a nice tall building…

  • Joe

    I’ve recently mastered the art of feeding a family of for $100 per month. Our family would qualify for $400 a month in food stamps. But I refuse. Somehow I think giving people huge bags of beans and rice with a little seasoning is far superior to food stamps. By the way, I can do Rice and Beans for us on about $60 per month, so I consider the extra 40 luxurys — eggs, bread, hot sauce, popcorn etc. Now if you can’t find a way to get $3 a day your just not trying very hard.

  • Joe

    I’ve recently mastered the art of feeding a family of for $100 per month. Our family would qualify for $400 a month in food stamps. But I refuse. Somehow I think giving people huge bags of beans and rice with a little seasoning is far superior to food stamps. By the way, I can do Rice and Beans for us on about $60 per month, so I consider the extra 40 luxurys — eggs, bread, hot sauce, popcorn etc. Now if you can’t find a way to get $3 a day your just not trying very hard.

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