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  • HOUSE GOP EYES FOOD STAMP OVERHAUL, POSSIBLE REQUIREMENTS

    12/07/2016 11:28:18 AM PST · by PROCON · 114 replies
    AP ^ | Dec. 7, 2016 | MARY CLARE JALONICK
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- House Republicans are laying the groundwork for a fresh effort to overhaul the food stamp program during Donald Trump's presidency, with the possibility of new work and eligibility requirements for millions of people. The GOP majority on the House Agriculture Committee released a two-year review of the program on Wednesday that stops short of making specific policy recommendations, but hints at areas where Republicans could focus: strengthening work requirements and perhaps issuing new ones, tightening some eligibility requirements or providing new incentives to encourage food stamp recipients to buy healthier foods.
  • Soft Drinks No. 1 Purchase by Food Stamp Recipients; $357,700,000 From 1 Grocery Chain

    11/22/2016 1:00:13 PM PST · by PROCON · 88 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | Nov. 22, 2016 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    (CNSNews.com) - Soft drinks were the top commodity bought by food stamp recipients shopping at outlets run by a single U.S. grocery retailer. That is according to a new study released by the Food and Nutrition Service, the federal agency responsible for running the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), commonly known as the food stamp program. By contrast, milk was the top commodity bought from the same retailer by customers not on food stamps. In calendar year 2011, according to the study, food stamp recipients spent approximately $357,700,000 buying soft drinks from an enterprise the study reveals only as “a...
  • California "food stamps"

    10/15/2016 8:15:16 PM PDT · by OldNavyVet · 9 replies
    Internet | 10/15/2016 | Old Navy Vet
    Google tells the story at http://food-stamps.com/california?gclid=CIii5Z-s3s8CFQqDfgodqG4Kvg
  • GUN STAMPS

    10/04/2016 6:30:15 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 12 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 10/04/16 | Greg Penglis
    Eligible Ballistic and Training EBT card If there is anything truly deplorable about conservatives, it is our deplorable lack of imagination, creativity, new ideas, resourcefulness, mental flexibility, and use of language. We could use a really strong injection of humor, and our own late night talk show host on TV as well. But all in due time. First, we have to work on our language skills. Second, we have to stop being stuck forever on defense. We let the Left write the words and terms we use, and that always defines the national debate in their favor. I’ve tried for...
  • Defiant (Muslim) Lovejoy grocer’s bail set at $2 million for food stamp fraud

    10/01/2016 3:02:46 PM PDT · by Morgana · 22 replies
    buffalo news ^ | August 24, 2016 | Melinda Miller
    The alleged food stamp fraud amounted to less than $4,000 and the burglary involved a vacant apartment with no threats to human life. But when it came time for Erie County Judge David Foley to set bail at a Lovejoy store owner’s arraignment Tuesday, he looked at the bigger picture. It’s going to take $2 million to get Ahmed Alshami out of jail. In setting the high amount, Foley noted that Alshami, 37, arrested Friday on four nonviolent felony charges, has 10 previous arrests – including two felonies. The defendant also has a history of not showing up for court...
  • Food stamps may soon be available for online shopping

    09/17/2016 12:50:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 67 replies
    Business Insider ^ | September 15, 2016 | Christina Beck, The Christian Science Monitor
    Online shopping has long been a boon for most Americans, whether they hate the scrutinizing stares of fellow shoppers, the chaos of big stores, or simply can't get out the door. Soon, modifications to the federal food stamp program, SNAP, might make the benefits of online shopping available to some who could need it most: the many recipients who live in areas where there are fewer healthy grocery stores, known as "food deserts." On Thursday, the Department of Agriculture began asking for companies to join a pilot project to allow SNAP recipients to purchase their groceries online. If successful after...
  • Feds detail alleged $16M food stamp fraud

    08/31/2016 12:44:49 PM PDT · by Signalman · 18 replies
    foxbaltimore.com ^ | 8/30/2016 | Christine Boynton
    BALTIMORE (WBFF) -- More than a dozen Baltimore-area retailers are accused of misusing food stamps and defrauding the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) of millions of dollars. The indictments, announced Tuesday, come roughly three years after nine local retailers were charged in what prosecutors described as a "$7 million scheme" of trading food stamps for cash. All the defendants in that case were convicted. "Last year the Dept. of Agriculture Inspector General brought to our attention that many Baltimore-area retailers were continuing to rip-off the food stamp program," United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein said...
  • Hillary Clinton's plan to tax and wipe out the middle-class

    08/06/2016 10:52:15 AM PDT · by mainestategop · 20 replies
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qU__9f0kEb0&feature=gp-n-y&google_comment_id=z13ltx55tpb0jd4s322jgxtrzletuvjlg Hillary Clinton plans to raise taxes for the workers the affluent and middle class. Pay roll taxes and national sales taxes for workers, Higher income taxes for the rest with the middle class bearing the brunt of these taxes. With commentary by Mike Savage Also get a load of some of the people who are gonna benefit the most from these new taxes, yokels, alcoholics, potheads, anarchists, thugs and crazies!
  • As a Teen Cashier Seeing Food Stamp Use, I Changed My Mind About the Democrat Party

    07/26/2016 8:36:44 AM PDT · by milton23 · 73 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | 7/26/16 | J. D. Vance
    Mamaw encouraged me to get a job—she told me that it would be good for me and that I needed to learn the value of a dollar. When her encouragement fell on deaf ears, she then demanded that I get a job, and so I did, as a cashier at Dillman’s, a local grocery store. Working as a cashier turned me into an amateur sociologist. A frenetic stress animated so many of our customers. One of our neighbors would walk in and yell at me for the smallest of transgressions—not smiling at her, or bagging the groceries too heavy one...
  • Poor illegal immigrants get food stamps denied to poor U.S. citizens

    07/11/2016 2:05:40 PM PDT · by detective · 20 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | July 11, 2016 | By Paul Bedard
    Illegal immigrant households tapping into the federal food stamp program are receiving $1.4 billion to $2.1 billion a year despite their ineligibility, according to a new analysis of the Agriculture Department program. And rules guiding who can get food stamps favor households with illegal immigrants over all-U.S. citizen homes, according to the detailed report from the Center for Immigration Studies released Monday morning. CIS expert David North has determined that 460,000 to 700,000 households with mix of legal and illegal immigrants are participating in the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program, or SNAP.
  • Governor to Obama in Food Stamp Fight: ‘Wake Up and Smell the Energy Drinks’

    06/27/2016 11:36:08 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 106 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | June 24, 2016 | Melissa Quinn
    Maine Gov. Paul LePage may have considered a proposal to prohibit food stamp recipients from using their benefits to buy candy and sodas to be a sweet one, but the Obama administration disagrees. The friction between the Republican governor and the U.S. Department of Agriculture has reignited a debate after the Obama administration denied LePage’s request to put restrictions on what can be purchased with food stamps. In a letter to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, LePage said: “It’s time for the federal government to wake up and smell the energy drinks.” In an interview with The Daily Signal, LePage’s health...
  • Dem who opposed welfare fraud measure indicted – for food stamp fraud

    06/26/2016 8:09:05 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 32 replies
    Fox news ^ | June 24, 2016 | Brooke Singman
    An Arizona Democratic lawmaker who once voted against welfare fraud protections in her state has been indicted on felony charges of defrauding the food stamp program. According to the indictment unsealed earlier this week, state Rep. Cecilia Velasquez was charged with three felony counts: unlawful use of food stamps, fraudulent schemes and practices, and theft. The Arizona Department of Economic Security began investigating Velasquez in 2014. According to the Arizona DES, Velasquez fraudulently used $1,726 worth of food stamps between 2013 and 2015. This past February, Velasquez had voted against a bill aimed at giving the same state agency stronger...
  • Seven ‘public servants’ indicted for Food Stamp fraud

    06/23/2016 5:33:27 AM PDT · by detective · 61 replies
    It made barely a ripple in the national last week when initially reported, but 5 state workers in Delaware were indicted for Food Stamp fraud totaling nearly a million dollars. An official statement from the Delaware state government reported on June 14: Attorney General Matt Denn announced today the arrests and indictments of seven former state of Delaware employees for theft of federal money. All seven were employed by the Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS), and were responsible for issuing Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards, and three previous arrests were also related to the same investigation. Two of...
  • Obama by the numbers

    06/14/2016 10:51:04 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony
    Canada Free Press ^ | 06/14/16 | Herman Cain
    The real numbers, that is “By almost every economic measure — every economic measure, America is better off when I — better off than when I came here. That is the truth. That’s true.” - President Obama June 1, 2016 That’s not the first time President Obama has made that statement, which is not true. But he and his liberal minions keep saying it so people will start believing it. They have done that throughout his presidency, and the liberal gullible media lets him get away with it. But we will not!
  • EBT Card Outage? 8 Days Into June And Many Americans Are Still Waiting For Food Stamp Money

    06/09/2016 7:10:08 AM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 138 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | June 9, 2016 | Tyler Durden
    Submitted by Michael Snyder via The Economic Collapse blog, Widespread reports continue to pour in from all over the nation of “glitches” with the food stamp system. It is eight days into the month and large numbers of people still have not received their benefits, and in other instances it is being reported that EBT cards are simply not working correctly. So what in the world is going on here? On downdetector.com there are scores of reports of problems with the EBT system from people all over the nation. Could this simply be another example of government incompetence, or is...
  • EBT Card Outage? 8 Days Into June And Many Americans Are Still Waiting For Food Stamp Money

    06/09/2016 8:20:28 AM PDT · by Salgak · 40 replies
    Economic Collapse blog ^ | 6/8/2016 | Michael Snyder
    Widespread reports continue to pour in from all over the nation of “glitches” with the food stamp system. It is eight days into the month and large numbers of people still have not received their benefits, and in other instances it is being reported that EBT cards are simply not working correctly. So what in the world is going on here? On downdetector.com there are scores of reports of problems with the EBT system from people all over the nation. Could this simply be another example of government incompetence, or is something else at work here?
  • (Video) Furious Woman Filmed Destroying a Convenience Store When Her Welfare Card is Rejected

    06/03/2016 6:03:38 AM PDT · by ghosthost · 86 replies
    YouTube ^ | 6-3-2016 | LiveLeak
    A woman destroyed a convenience store in the US after being told her benefits card would not be accepted. Shocking footage shows the woman throwing stock from shelves and screaming before being restrained and physically removed from the store.
  • Rapper Threatens To Kill Donald Trump If His "Momma's Food Stamps" Are Taken Away

    05/22/2016 6:55:08 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 91 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 5-22-16 | Tyler Durden
    I could go to war with whoever the f*** I want to, but I really want to go to war with Donald Trump because Donald Trump trying to take food stamps from my mamma and that’s all the f*** she’s got. As long as the m*****f****** government let us keep food stamps… we gonna be good, but the first time this nigga pass a law talking about he taking Louisiana purchase, sh*t going to get ugly. I swear to god on every m*****f****** chain I got, bitchez gonna go down. You gotta understand them (inaudible) love Fruit Loops. They love...
  • Thug makes video threatening to kill Trump: He wants to take ‘mama’s food stamps’

    05/21/2016 9:05:53 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 67 replies
    BizPac Review ^ | May 20, 2016 | Carmine Sabia
    Louisiana rapper Maine Muzik wants to kill Donald Trump because he’s afraid the presumptive Republican presidential nominee wants to take his “momma’s food stamps.” On the same week Muzik was visited by police for posting a video to his Instagram account where he, and a gang of thugs, showed off a stockpile of weapons, he released the video threatening Trump. …
  • Obama Food-Stamp Free-for-All: Feds Bust Largest Fraud Operation in U.S. History

    05/13/2016 10:54:40 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 64 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | May 13, 2016
    President Obama’s expanded food-stamp program certifying flea market retailers as vendors to provide low-income neighborhoods with fresh produce has ripped open a Pandora’s Box of fraud and corruption. This week federal authorities in south Florida busted the largest food-stamp fraud operation in U.S. history. Twenty-two defendants in the largely black and Hispanic areas of Miami-Dade County known as Opa-Locka and Hialeah swindled the government out of $13 million by fraudulently trading food stamps for cash. The crooked vendors operated food and produce stands at a local flea market as part of First Lady Michelle Obama’s initiative to eradicate “food deserts,”...
  • Whistleblower Speaks Out About Food Stamp Fraud

    05/04/2016 12:43:50 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    KOB4 ^ | 05/02/2016 | Ryan Luby
    There are mounting concerns about how the state processes food stamps. State workers say their bosses ordered them to falsify records, which left the poorest New Mexicans without the help they need. One state whistleblower who testified in federal court spoke with the 4 Investigates team about claims of a cover-up. Angela Dominguez works for the Human Services Department as a case processor for food stamps, and she and other case workers from all across the state say they were ordered to find ways to make emergency food stamp cases into non-emergencies. “Whatever it would take to not make the...
  • Woman Confronts Man for Using Food Stamps at Walmart

    05/03/2016 10:33:22 AM PDT · by TangledUpInBlue · 87 replies
    Fox News ^ | 5/3 | Fox
    A video posted to YouTube appears to show a woman confronting a man at Walmart for paying for his groceries with food stamps. The video, which has quickly gone viral, shows the woman standing behind the man, who was at the checkout counter with a child. The two had apparently already exchanged words, in front of children, as the video started. "I put in 50 to 60-hour weeks," the man said. "I’m trying to provide for my family." He told her to, "Deal with it, b****," and asked her to mind her own business. "I don’t have to. It’s a...
  • AT&T offering $5 internet to low-income families (under deal with FCC)

    05/02/2016 9:12:07 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 29 replies
    CNN ^ | April 22, 2016 | Heather Kelly
    Any home where at least one person receives food stamps will be eligible for the new program, called Access from AT&T. The offering is part of an agreement AT&T (T, Tech30) made with the FCC as part of last year's DirectTV merger and will be available until 2020. The company is the latest to offer discounted internet to low-income households in the United States, joining Comcast (CCV), Google Fiber, and some local government and nonprofit. These programs help close the so-called "digital divide" for families who would otherwise be forced to rely on school connections or cell phones. A lack...
  • Give drug felons food stamps, many states now say

    04/18/2016 4:20:55 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 18, 2016 11:55 AM EDT | Grant Schulte and Scott McFetridge
    Nebraska is desperate to stop the runaway growth of its prison population, but doing so depends a lot on people like Ronald Tillman. Tillman, 54, a paroled drug dealer who suffers from bipolar disease and a debilitating back injury, has lived since his 2013 release solely on his monthly $733 disability check. When his food runs short, he faces a choice that has costly implications for the state — if he gets caught. “Sometimes when you need food, you have to steal it,” said Tillman, a Navy veteran. “I’ve shoplifted a couple of times, just to eat that night and...
  • Maine Senate backs welfare reform bill, but penalty conflict looms

    04/08/2016 4:02:10 AM PDT · by kevcol · 4 replies
    Bangor Daily News ^ | April 7, 2016 | Michael Shepher
    The Republican bill would hold those who intentionally make illegal purchases under the law to existing penalties for violations including making false statements on forms. A first violation is a one-year suspension, the second is two years, and the third is a lifetime ban. Democrats have said that is too harsh for a violation as small as buying a pack of cigarettes. In their version, the penalty for a first violation would be restitution, the second would be a maximum three-month suspension, and it would be a six-month maximum for subsequent violations. Advocates of the bill have said the department...
  • Thousands of MS SNAP recipients no longer qualify under new gov't requirements

    04/04/2016 6:41:09 AM PDT · by kevcol · 35 replies
    NewsChannel10 ^ | April 3, 2016 | Shderia Thompson
    MADISON COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) - Thousands of Mississippians receiving food stamp benefits no longer qualify for them under new government requirements. The new policy requires that single people between the ages of 18 and 49 who are able to work put in at least 20 or more hours on the job, volunteer, or enroll in a job-training program. While many folks admit they are not happy about this change, Food banks are bracing for the large number of low income families in need. "I thought it was rude and mean," said Mary Riley Walker. "You say if we...
  • Renewed requirement of work for SNAP recipients produces predictable liberal backlash

    04/03/2016 6:32:47 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | April 3, 2016 | JAZZ SHAW
    There used to be a rule in place – part of the sadly abandoned movements toward welfare reform in the 80s and 90s – which required food stamps recipients to do at least some work in order to receive the benefits if they were childless and able bodied. That rule was suspended in most places since the beginning of the crash in 2007, but now that unemployment is allegedly back down to nominal levels and the economy is “stable” across most of the country, that exception is being rolled back. This, of course, has liberals up in arms. (WaPo) The...
  • Hundreds of thousands could lose food stamps as states restore limits

    04/03/2016 7:30:10 AM PDT · by kevcol · 62 replies
    New York Times ^ | April 2, 2016 | Robert Pear
    About 45 million people receive benefits in the food stamp program, now known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP. The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a liberal-leaning research and advocacy group, estimates that 500,000 to 1 million people will lose benefits this year. The federal Food and Nutrition Service said many adults would need to take steps to meet work requirements or risk losing aid. . . . Ellen M. Vollinger, legal director of the Food Research and Action Center, an advocacy group, noted that the poet T.S. Eliot had described April as "the cruelest month," and...
  • States moving to restore work requirements for food stamp recipients

    03/29/2016 6:41:28 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 44 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | March 29, 2016 | William La Jeunesse
    States are moving to once again require able-bodied adults to put in work hours in exchange for food stamps, after the requirements largely were suspended by the Obama administration. The slow-moving reversal follows the administration pulling back on Clinton-era changes that required recipients to work for government welfare benefits. Signing the reform bill in 1996 alongside then-Speaker Newt Gingrich, then-President Bill Clinton said the goal was to make welfare “a second chance, not a way of life.” But during the last recession, President Obama allowed states to suspend a requirement that able-bodied adults without children work at least 20 hours...
  • Florida Man Tries To Buy $60,000 BMW SUV With Food Stamps

    03/20/2016 5:17:51 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 16 replies
    ZeroHedge ^ | March 20, 2016
    The farcical American welfare-state has a new posterchild. Meet Florida-resident Nicholas Jackson, who tried to purchase a brand new $60,000 BMW X-6 SUV with his Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card ... That's not what Food Stamps are for!! But, as New York Daily News' Sasha Goldstein explains, after failing to use his us-taxpayer-funded credit card to buy the high-end German luxury car, he decided to steal it...but was caught when he ran out of gas (according to police). Nicholas Jackson, 36, showed up to a Pompano Beach dealership with little in the way of currency and was sent away, the...
  • House bans use of EBT food-assistance cards at strip clubs, casinos, liquor stores

    03/18/2016 3:30:55 PM PDT · by kevcol · 69 replies
    Providence Journal ^ | March 17, 2016 | Katherine Gregg
    Before voting nay, Rep. Edith Ajello, D-Providence, said she supported the thrust of the bill, but felt — as the state's director of human services does — that the proposed penalties are too harsh. First offense: a one-month reduction in benefits; second offense: a three-month reduction in benefits. Anyone caught three times would be disqualified from the direct cash assistance program for a year.
  • Food Stamp Users Near Record High Despite Low Unemployment Rate

    03/01/2016 10:20:20 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 43 replies
    MRC TV ^ | 02/29/2016 | Nick Kangadis
    Despite the unemployment rate being at an eight-year low (4.9 percent as of January 2016), the number of people on food stamps remains near an all-time high which was 47,636,000 in 2013. Why the disparity in the numbers? Well, the unemployment rate does not take into account people who are not in, or have dropped out of, the workforce altogether. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported in January of this year that approximately 94 million Americans are not participating in the workforce. But the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) has been hovering around 46 million participants since 2011. ...
  • "I Guess It's Food Stamps": 400,000 Jeopardized As Giant State Pension Fund Plans 50% Benefit Cuts

    02/19/2016 7:27:00 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 125 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 02/19/2016 | Tyler Durden
    Dale Dorsey isn't happy.After working 33 years, he's facing a 55% cut to his pension benefits, a blow which he says will "cripple" his family and imperil the livelihood of his two children, one of whom is in the fourth grade and one of whom is just entering high school.Dorsey attended a town hall meeting in Kansas City on Tuesday where retirees turned out for a discussion on "massive" pension cuts proposed by the Central States Pension Fund, which covers 400,000 participants, and which will almost certainly go broke within the next decade."A controversial 2014 law allowed the pension...
  • USDA rules would increase food stamp access to healthy foods

    02/16/2016 3:06:50 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb. 16, 2016 3:46 AM EST | Mary Clare Jalonick
    Retailers that accept food stamps would have to start stocking a wider variety of healthy foods or face the loss of consumers under proposed rules expected to be announced by the Agriculture Department on Tuesday. The rules are designed to ensure that the more than 46 million Americans who use food stamps have better access to healthy foods although they don't dictate what people buy or eat. A person using food stamp dollars could still purchase as much junk food as they wanted, but they would at least have more options in the store to buy fruits, vegetables, dairy, meats...
  • Maine required healthy, childless food stamp recipients to work, and ... Guess What Happened?

    02/10/2016 1:19:50 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/10/2016 | Jazz Shaw
    It’s a case of miracles and wonders up in the Pine Tree State, folks. A report from Rachel Sheffield and Robert Rector at the Daily Signal takes a look at welfare programs and efforts to reform them, particularly in the area of food stamps. They note that one of the fastest growing segments of welfare programs over the last decade has been applications for food stamps by ABAWDs, or able bodied adults without children between the ages of 18 and 49. These are folks who are determined to be otherwise able to work but without a source of income....
  • When Maine Required Childless Adults to Work to Get Food Stamps, Guess What Happened

    02/10/2016 2:47:16 AM PST · by BradtotheBone · 17 replies
    CNS News ^ | February 9, 2016 | Robert Rector and Rachel Sheffield
    One trillion dollars—that’s how much the government spent last year on means-tested welfare aid, providing cash, food, housing, medical care, and social services to poor and low-income individuals. The food stamp program is the nation’s second largest welfare program. The number of food stamp recipients has risen dramatically, from 17.2 million in 2000 to 45.8 million in 2015. Costs have soared over the same period, from $20.7 billion in 2000 to $83.1 billion in 2014. The most rapid growth in the food stamp caseload in recent years has been among able-bodied adults without dependents (ABAWDs). These are work-capable adult recipients...
  • ISIS Recruits Assert "Combat Immunity" Defense [semi-satire]

    02/08/2016 11:07:16 AM PST · by John Semmens · 5 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 7 Feb 2016 | John Semmens
    Five Minnesota men currently facing charges of criminal conspiracy after being caught preparing to go to Syria to fight for the Islamic State are demanding that charges be dismissed. Moosli Krahp, attorney for the five, stipulated that "the Islamic State has engaged in acts the rest of the world holds to be atrocious. However, these terror tactics are forced upon them by the superior firepower of their enemies. The West and its puppet allies can strike from the air. Civilians may be killed, but are quickly labeled 'collateral damage.' Well, the beheadings, torture, and similar actions carried out by the...
  • Over 1 million face loss of food aid over work requirements

    01/30/2016 10:50:58 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 93 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 30, 2016 11:20 AM EST | David A. Lieb
    More than 1 million low-income residents in 21 states could soon lose their government food stamps if they fail to meet work requirements that began kicking in this month. The rule change in the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program was triggered by the improving economy - specifically, falling unemployment. But it is raising concerns among the poor, social service providers and food pantry workers, who fear an influx of hungry people. Recent experience in other states indicates that most of those affected will probably not meet the work requirements and will be cut off from food stamps. ...
  • Daugaard: Drug Testing for Welfare 'Somewhat Insulting'

    01/25/2016 12:02:27 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 38 replies
    KSFY ^ | Jan 22, 2016
    Gov. Dennis Daugaard says a measure to require some welfare applicants to pass drug tests would be a waste of money and "somewhat insulting." Daugaard said Friday that he hasn't previously been enthusiastic about similar proposals. Republican Rep. Lynne DiSanto is the measure's main House sponsor. Her plan would require applicants under 65 to be drug tested before receiving food stamps or cash assistance.
  • Gov't Hails Gains in Able-Bodied Adults on Food Stamps [semi-satire]

    01/16/2016 1:23:34 PM PST · by John Semmens · 8 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 17 Jan 2016 | John Semmens
    Since President Obama took office the number of able-bodied-without-dependents who are receiving government food subsidies has soared by 370%. This increase in participation by persons who in another era would have been expected to fend for themselves was hailed as "great progress on the President's goal of transforming America," by Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Burwell. "Relieved of the burden of feeding themselves, these individuals are free to pursue goals higher on Maslow's hierarchy of needs." One of the favorite "higher goals" of this segment of the population is smoking. Fully 50% of the subsidized beneficiaries are smokers...
  • White House Inadvertently Admits That a Child Is a Child 'Even Before Birth'

    12/23/2015 5:57:21 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 23, 2015 | Terry Jeffrey
    The Executive Office of the President of the United States -- aka Barack Obama -- released a document in the days leading up to Christmas that proves once again that reality conspires against even the most careful liars. The White House intended the document in question -- dryly titled "Long-Term Benefits of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program" -- to build the case for expanding the value and availability of food stamps. What the document demonstrates is that even the Obama White House knows that an unborn child is a child. During his political career, Obama has made great exertions to...
  • Edwards says he'll remove work requirements for food stamps

    12/21/2015 2:39:19 PM PST · by justlittleoleme · 36 replies
    Lake Charles American Press ^ | December 21, 2015 | Melinda DeSlatte
    Gov.-elect John Bel Edwards intends to remove work requirements that Gov. Bobby Jindal has enacted for more than 60,000 food stamp recipients. Edwards sent a letter Monday to the U.S. Department of Agriculture saying he will seek a federal waiver of the work requirements. The governor-elect says Louisiana's unemployment rate qualifies it to skip the work mandate. He's asking the USDA and the state social services department to stop any interruption of benefits until Edwards can reapply for the waiver that Jindal allowed to expire. The work requirements are supposed to kick in Jan. 1 for adults aged 18 to...
  • Here's What Happens When A Family Runs Out Of Food Stamps

    12/09/2015 10:43:49 AM PST · by blam · 146 replies
    BI - Washington Post ^ | 12-9-2015 | Emily Badger,
    Emily BadgerDeember 9, 2015Toward the end of every month, hospitals in California see a curious uptick in admissions for hypoglycemia, the kind of low blood sugar that can affect diabetics. The pattern, detected in a recent study by researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, is almost entirely driven by low-income patients. The non-poor don't show much change in admissions at all. The researchers suspect this trend may point to an underlying challenge for the poor: Food stamps, given out in a lump sum at the start of each month, run out for many families before they reach the...
  • City workers spent $120K in food stamps on Red Bull, authorities say (New York)

    12/02/2015 5:10:23 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 10 replies
    New York Post ^ | December 2, 2015 | Michael Gartland
    Two city workers exploited flaws in the city’s welfare system to swipe $2.1 million worth of food stamps and rental subsidies — and then spent $120,000 on Red Bull, authorities said Tuesday. Petronila Peralta of The Bronx and Cherrise Watson-Jackson of Queens — both longtime employees of the Human Resources Administration — were charged with fraud, along with 11 co-conspirators who allegedly helped carry out the scam between 2008 and 2013.
  • Maine Doubles Down on Welfare Reform Despite Media Backlash

    11/20/2015 12:21:47 PM PST · by PROCON · 20 replies
    dailysignal.com ^ | Nov. 19, 2015 | Madaline Donnelly
    Mary Mayhew, commissioner of Maine’s Department of Health and Human Services, knows her politics aren’t always popular. “I can’t stress enough what an attack campaign it has been from the media for four and a half years,” Mayhew said Thursday at an anti-poverty forum in Washington, D.C., hosted by The Heritage Foundation. Then there are the more personalized critiques: “There is a poet, or he calls himself a poet, and he sends me poems all the time,” she added. “They are not nice poems.” Mayhew claims that detractors—who mostly take issue with welfare reforms enacted by Gov. Paul LePage, a...
  • Trump Says 'Seriously Overweight' Protester Upset Over Talk of Food Stamps

    11/19/2015 1:57:52 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    KBNW-AM ^ | November 18, 2015 | ABC News
    ABC News(NEW YORK) — A Donald Trump rally was interrupted several times by protesters Wednesday night and the outspoken presidential candidate suggested that one of them, whom he described as “seriously overweight,” was upset because he was talking about food stamps. “You know it’s amazing, I mentioned food stamps at that guy who’s seriously overweight went crazy — Amazing. Amazing,” Trump told the audience in Worcester, Mass. “That’s an amazing sight.” The protester was escorted out of the rally. Just before the protester interrupted Trump, the candidate was talking about the need to roll back the number of people on...
  • Food stamp nation: 45 million for 51 months (beneficiaries exceed Canada's population)

    10/22/2015 8:59:20 PM PDT · by amorphous · 16 replies
    WND ^ | 22 Oct 2015 | Douglas Ernst
    New data released by the Department of Agriculture Oct. 9 shows the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, with enrollment exceeding 45 million for 51 straight months. The population of Canada: 34,834,841. “Between 2007 and 2011, new eligibility rules by themselves added 3.4 million people to SNAP enrollment and naturally tended to increase SNAP spending. At the same time, SNAP began to pay more generous benefits to people who enrolled,” Casey Mulligan, an economics professor at the University of Chicago, told the Washington Free Beacon on Thursday. The growing SNAP population is a far cry from the 2.8 million enrolled...
  • Ben Carson: Welfare Perpetuates Poverty, Buys Votes

    10/12/2015 1:55:31 PM PDT · by markomalley · 27 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 10/12/15 | Connor D. Wolf
    Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson used a Sunday campaign stop in Georgia to accuse politicians of using poverty to bolster their voting constituencies. In his eyes, open-ended welfare has not only perpetuated poverty, its sustained a loyal voting bloc for certain politicians.“False compassion is patting them on the head and saying, ‘You can’t take care of yourself and I’m going to give you food stamps, a housing subsidy and free health care,'” Carson said according to the Gainesville Times. “And all the things you need so you can stay dependent and vote for me.’”His criticism of welfare is not new....
  • Massachusetts woman pleads guilty to $3.6 million food stamp fraud scheme

    10/07/2015 4:29:18 PM PDT · by markomalley · 37 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 10/7/15 | Kristina Ribali
    Welfare programs often account for a state’s largest and fastest-growing budget line items, and as these programs grow, the likelihood of waste, fraud, and abuse grows too. Welfare fraud robs resources from those who are truly needy, and stories like this are infuriating.Vida Ofori Causey, a 45-year-old convenience store owner in Worchester, Massachusetts, was charged in a federal court last week after she pled guilty to a multimillion dollar food stamp fraud scheme.Food stamps are administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) through the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP), and eligible low-income individuals and families receive monetary benefits they...
  • I get food stamps, and I’m not ashamed — I’m angry

    10/05/2015 10:17:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 148 replies
    Vox ^ | September 16, 2015 | Christine Gilbert
    My name is Christine, and I get food stamps. I've had to apply off and on over the past 16 years in order to make sure my family was fed. I don't feel the least bit ashamed of myself for this, but apparently some people think I should. Some people think I, and people like me, am lazy. Or that we're taking advantage of other (smarter, harder-working) people. Those people seem to have an image in their heads of how someone who "deserves" assistance behaves, and a very narrow idea of how we should feel about it. Those people are...