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  • Governor Cuomo Announces 750,000 Additional Working Families Now Eligible For Nutrition Assistance

    07/08/2016 11:07:20 AM PDT · by oh8eleven · 44 replies
    NY State Website ^ | 8 July 2016 | N/A
    Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that 750,000 additional working families are now eligible for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – or SNAP– which helps fight hunger among working New Yorkers.
  • Christie vetoes $17M in welfare, women's health programs 'to protect taxpayers'

    07/01/2016 6:59:35 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 11 replies
    Gov. Chris Christie rejected legislation Thursday that would have raised monthly welfare benefits for the first time in 30 years, and would have restored $7.5 million in grants for women's clinics which he eliminated when he first took office in 2010. In veto statements released just before 10 p.m. — two hours before the start of the new fiscal year — the governor said his actions "protected taxpayers" from the "irresponsible" spending by the Democrats who control the Legislature. "Unfortunately, the Legislature has continued its annual ritual of attempting to pass additional unbudgeted spending for selected interests," according to Christie's...
  • 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...
  • The SNAP of Doom

    06/15/2016 7:01:22 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 35 replies
    Daily Impact, the ^ | 10 June 2016 | Tom Lewis
    There are stories that confirm our worries that the whole industrial system is about to come apart; and then there are stories that scare the crap out of us because they indicate that the collapse is ongoing and accelerating. This is one of those latter stories, one of those pre-apocalyptic cracks of doom that, like thunder, tell you it’s time to get ready. A Google search this morning finds no mention of this story in the industrial media, but it rages in the alternative sources (many of whom are weaving it into their previously established conspiracy theories as a deliberate...
  • 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,”...
  • Can I Get Two Hamiltons for a Tubman?

    04/21/2016 9:03:38 AM PDT · by HomerBohn · 36 replies
    National Review Email | 4/21/2016 | Jim Geraghty
    Biographer Kate Clifford Larson has noted Tubman was comfortable with guns: Harriet Tubman carried a small pistol with her on her rescue missions, mostly for protection from slave catchers, but also to encourage weak-hearted runaways from turning back and risking the safety of the rest of the group. Tubman carried a sharp-shooters rifle during the Civil War. Harriet Tubman’s pistol and saber are on display at the Florida A & M University (FAMU) Black Archives in Tallahassee, Florida. With an image like that, people would work harder just so they could have more Harriet Tubmans in their pockets. We...
  • State warns county not to ask legal status of WIC recipients

    04/11/2016 2:58:12 PM PDT · by lacrew · 16 replies
    WIBW ^ | April 11, 2016 | Greg Palmer
    WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Sedgwick County commissioners are being warned by the state not to ask participants in the federal Women, Infants and Children program about their citizenship. The Wichita Eagle reports the Kansas Department of Health and Environment says asking about immigration status before the state changes eligibility requirements could result in termination of the county's contract to operate WIC.
  • 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...
  • US applications for jobless aid rise, but still near lows

    03/31/2016 6:13:55 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 31, 2016 8:35 AM EDT | Josh Boak
    More Americans sought unemployment benefits last week, but applications still stayed near historic lows that point to a stable job market. […] Weekly jobless claims have remained below the crucial threshold of 300,000 for more than a year, a level that usually corresponds with monthly gains in excess of 200,000. Economists expect that Friday’s jobs report will show that employers hired roughly 200,000 workers in February as the unemployment rate held at an eight-year low of 4.9 percent. …
  • Job totals trail pre-recession levels in 10 US states

    03/25/2016 9:22:44 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar. 25, 2016 12:18 PM EDT | Christopher S. Rugaber
    Ten U.S. states still have not regained all the jobs they lost in the Great Recession, even after six and a half years of recovery, while many more have seen only modest gains. […] Wyoming had 3 percent fewer jobs last month than it did in December 2007, when the recession began, the Labor Department said Friday. That is the biggest percentage decline among the states. Alabama's job total trails its pre-recession level by 2.7 percent, followed by New Mexico, where job totals are 2.6 percent lower. Some larger states are also still behind. New Jersey has nearly 1 percent...
  • Obama Blames Republicans For Slow Economic Recovery

    03/04/2016 4:13:43 PM PST · by Nachum · 38 replies
    daily caller ^ | 3/4/16 | Connor D. Wolf
    President Barack Obama responded to reports of slow job growth Friday by blaming Republicans who have opposed parts of his economic agenda. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) report found the economy added 242,000 new jobs in February. The latest number highlights a long-running trend of slow, yet positive, economic growth. Obama credits the growth to his agenda but its slowness to Republicans for their opposition to his plan. “The plans that we have put in place to grow the economy have worked,” the president declared in the Oval Office. “They would work even faster if we did not have...
  • 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. ...
  • The Faculty Backward Network

    02/16/2016 5:12:54 AM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 16, 2016 | Mike Adams
    Author's Note: The email referenced in this column was composed by Chris Moore of East Carolina University, Michael Behrent of Appalachian State University, Jason Sturdevant of North Carolina State University, and Altha Cravey of the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill. Please feel free to email these public servants with your thoughts.Dear Faculty Forward Network (info@facultyforwardnetwork.org): I received your recent email on educational inclusiveness and diversity with great interest. I have written three books, spoken on 88 university campuses, and written approximately 1000 columns on the subject in the last 13 years. This was the first time I've ever...
  • 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...
  • 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. ...
  • Oh, snap: Campus kids drop 'triggering' applause to show approval

    11/18/2015 4:12:47 AM PST · by aomagrat · 61 replies
    Fox News ^ | 17 November 15 | Maxim Lott
    The social justice warriors of American campuses would like you to hold your applause. When a Yale student's angry meltdown at a professor went viral, viewers may have noticed the crowd gathered and some students snapping their fingers. It's the currently preferred method of showing approval in some circles, given complaints that traditional clapping can be "triggering," or even painful to hands unaccustomed to work. Although the curious digital trend is catching fire with the college crowd, it is not new or confined to the U.S.
  • Number of Michigan Welfare Recipients Declines 70 Percent

    10/27/2015 5:33:39 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 24 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 10/24/2015 | Tom Gantert
    The number of people receiving welfare cash assistance from the state has plummeted since Gov. Rick Snyder took office, partly due to the improved economy but also because the state now enforces a limit on how long beneficiaries could receive cash benefits. There were 227,490 people receiving cash assistance benefits from the state in 2011. As of August 2015, that number was down to 64,492. The state welfare agency's Family Independence Program provides temporary cash assistance to pregnant women and families with children. The program also attempts many interventions to get people employed in long-term jobs. From 2005 to 2011,...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Maine DEA: EBT Cards Are Being Used to Buy Drugs

    08/19/2015 8:43:40 AM PDT · by rktman · 16 replies
    townhall.com ^ | 8/18/2015 | Christine Rousselle
    Maine Drug Enforcement Agency agents revealed yesterday that EBT cards (debit cards that are loaded with funds for welfare programs, like SNAP and TANF) are being used as currency to buy drugs. In the past 11 months, MDEA agents have found 40 EBT cards in 25 drug enforcement operations.
  • USDA: Food Stamp Spending at Farmers Markets Up ‘Nearly 6-Fold’ Since 2008—A ‘Win-Win’

    08/10/2015 12:10:46 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 34 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | August 10, 2015 | 12:25 PM EDT | Penny Starr
    In a blog posted on Friday on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s website, the department boasts that food stamp spending at U.S. farmers markets has increased “nearly six-fold” since 2008. “National SNAP redemptions at those outlets totaled $18.8 million during fiscal year 2014 (Oct. 1 to Sept. 30), a nearly six-fold increase since 2008,” the blog states, calling the increase “a win-win for all.” (SNAP is the acronym for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, the food stamp program.) […] Calling food stamp payment at farmers markets a “top priority” for the USDA, the department is providing free wireless equipment to...
  • Arabic: Most Common Language of Refugees in America

    08/05/2015 8:12:27 AM PDT · by george76 · 12 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | 2 Apr 2015
    the nation’s legal and illegal immigrant population hit a record 41.3 million in the summer of 2013 – up 1.4 million since July 2010. ... refugees from both Africa and the Middle East were users of the most cash assistance – noting that 91.4 percent of refugees from the Middle East were on food stamps, also known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
  • Maine Leads Nation in Food Stamp Reduction

    07/31/2015 5:28:49 AM PDT · by Steven Scharf · 5 replies
    The Maine Wire ^ | July 30, 2015 | Patrick Marvin
    The Maine Wire Maine Leads Nation in Food Stamp Reduction By Patrick Marvin July 30, 2015 According to recently released data from the U.S.D.A, Maine is leading the nation with its reduction in the number of individuals who are utilizing the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP), also known as the food stamp program. Between April 2014 and April 2015, 12.4% fewer individuals participated in the food stamp program in Maine, the highest percent reduction of any state in that time frame. Maine’s 12.4% reduction represents a decrease of approximately 28,000 individuals who are no longer enrolled in the program which...
  • Illinois is now the biggest food-stamp user in the Midwest ( Michigan mentioned )

    07/13/2015 2:33:13 PM PDT · by george76 · 25 replies
    Illinois Policy ^ | July 13, 2015 | Michael Lucci
    Illinois and Michigan have traded places on two key metrics for measuring prosperity and opportunity, and both changes are embarrassing for the Land of Lincoln. The first major change came in October 2014, when Michigan surpassed Illinois for total factory jobs. Michigan now has 25,000 more factory jobs than Illinois even though the Wolverine State’s economy is only three-quarters the size of Illinois’. Now, new data from the Department of Human Services shows the embarrassing role reversal has come full turn. In March of this year, Illinois bumped off Michigan to become the Midwest’s No. 1 user of the Supplemental...
  • When school's out, millions of kids go hungry

    06/22/2015 3:25:45 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 89 replies
    CNN ^ | 06/22/2015 | staff
    A record 21.7 million American kids get free or reduced-price lunch during at school. But when summer vacation starts, the vast majority of them go without this essential, federally funded benefit. Fewer than 4 million kids -- or just 18% of those in the school lunch program -- are fed through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's summer food program. While that's a record number for the 40-year-old initiative, many advocates and government officials say more needs to be done. "In the summer, when those school meals disappear, children find themselves hungry and with few options," said Duke Storen, a senior...
  • U.S. Gives $7 Bil in Food Benefits to “Ineligible Recipients”

    05/22/2015 2:00:54 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 31 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | May 22, 2015
    The bloated federal agency charged with feeding the poor—and eradiating “food insecurity” in the U.S.—blew nearly $7 billion to provide “ineligible recipients” with the welfare benefit and there appears to be no end in sight to the fleecing. In fact, the agency, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), has for years violated a measure known as the Improper Payments Elimination and Recovery Act (IPERA) that requires agencies to conduct annual risk assessments to identify programs that make “significant improper payments” of $10 million or more. Not only has the USDA violated IPERA in the last four years, it also refuses...
  • Soon You Might Be Able To Receive Food Stamps Over The Phone

    05/15/2015 8:11:21 AM PDT · by rktman · 33 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 5/14/2015 | Connor D Wolf
    Soon it could be possible to apply for food stamps over the phone, with proponents arguing that in-person interviews add too much extra administrative cost. A report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) looked at whether it should get rid of in-person interviews for those who apply to receive benefits under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which is commonly known as food stamps. The program is the nation’s largest food-assistance program.
  • Food Stamps Are a Form of Corporate Welfare, and Harmful to the Poor

    05/02/2015 10:25:49 AM PDT · by pinochet · 35 replies
    The big Agribusiness corporations are some of the most corrupt corporations in America. The New York Times had an article in 2013, on the Agribusiness corruption in the $1 trillion farm bill. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/20/business/richer-farmers-bigger-subsidies.html?_r=0 The Food Stamp programs and free school lunch programs, are a means by which Agro-business corporations can increase their revenues, by selling food to the Federal and State governments at above market prices. The food stamp program was never intended to help the poor. Even the USDA website admits that the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program was intended to help Agribusiness corporations sell surplus food that they were...
  • This Is What Happened When Maine Forced Welfare Recipients To Work For Their Benefits

    04/08/2015 5:30:14 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 60 replies
    US Herald.com ^ | 4APR2015 | Staff Writer
    Maine finally took a bold step forward in welfare reform and it’s paying huge dividends. Last year Maine passed a measure that would require recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, otherwise known as SNAP, to complete a certain number of work, volunteer, or job-training hours before being eligible for assistance. Main Governor Paul LaPage passed the measure last year and the resulting drop in food-stamp enrollees has been dramatic. At the close of 2014 approximately 12,000 individuals were enrolled in the state assistance program. Keep in mind that these individuals are adults who aren’t disabled and who don’t have...
  • The poor are treated like criminals everywhere, even at the grocery store

    04/02/2015 5:37:09 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 151 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 4-1-15 | Jeanine Grant Lister
    Anger toward those living below the poverty line seems to only be increasing. Maine and Missouri have proposed bills limiting residents’ food choices if they use SNAP. Missouri House Bill 813 would bar the state’s 930,000 food stamp recipients from using their benefits to buy cookies, chips, soda, energy drinks, steak and seafood. (The legislature also implemented mandatory drug testing for TANF applicants in 2011.) If the bill becomes law, a Missourian can’t buy a can of tuna with an EBT card. Tortilla chips to go with salsa? Nope. Flank steak — tough, stringy and the only cut of beef...
  • CBO: ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS GRANTED EXECUTIVE AMNESTY WOULD BE ELIGIBLE FOR CERTAIN FEDERAL BENEFITS

    01/16/2015 11:33:22 AM PST · by Jim Robinson · 17 replies
    Breitbart ^ | January 16, 2015 | By Caroline May
    The Congressional Budget Office estimates that by 2017, some 2 million currently undocumented immigrants will be eligible for certain federal benefits under the Obama administration’s executive amnesty. In a report released Thursday, CBO considers how changes to immigration policy could affect the federal budget. Its estimates are based on President Obama’s expanded deferred action programs to provide legal status to undocumented immigrants. The office estimates that between 2 million and 2.5 million undocumented immigrants will “have received approval for deferred action” by 2017. The CBO’s estimate is less than the 5 million the Obama administration estimated its executive amnesty would...
  • Michigan Has More Food Stamp Recipients Than Students

    12/30/2014 12:04:58 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | December 29, 2014 | Wynton Hall
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK) Michigan now has more food stamp recipients than it does public school students, an analysis of federal and state statistics by Breitbart News reveals. Michigan, which announced on Friday plans to begin drug testing some welfare recipients, currently has 1,679,421 individuals on food stamps (known officially as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP), according to the U.S. Agriculture Department. According to the Michigan Department of Education, the state’s total pupil count for K-12 is 1,564,114....
  • (satire) President Obama To Require Government Caseworkers To Cold-Call Citizens To Join SNAP

    12/19/2014 3:54:34 PM PST · by justiceleagues · 37 replies
    Salty Badger ^ | 12/19/14 | Salty Badger
    Due to an increase in the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program’s budget, formerly known as food stamps, President Obama is requiring all SNAP agencies to add a sales team. The sales team will be responsible for telemarketing, cold-calling eligible Americans and persuading them to join the entitlement program that already services 50 million citizens and visa-holders.
  • Food Stamp Beneficiaries Exceed 46,000,000 for 37 Straight Months

    12/16/2014 9:57:29 AM PST · by yoe · 19 replies
    CNSnews ^ | December 10, 2014 | Ali Meyer
    The number of beneficiaries who receive compensation from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), otherwise known as food stamps, has topped 46,000,000 for 37 straight months, according to data released by the Department of Agriculture (USDA). In September 2014, which is the latest data from the USDA, there were 46,459,998 Americans who received assistance from the SNAP program. The number of beneficiaries has exceeded 46 million since September 2011, a total of 37 months, or more than three years. [snip]Households on food stamps in September got an average of $252.69 during the month, and the program benefits cost taxpayers $5,748,809,023....
  • Indiana to Start Requiring Food Stamp Recipients Work, Be in Job Training, or Job Hunting

    11/15/2014 10:24:17 AM PST · by upchuck · 26 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | Oct 22, 2014 | Kate Scanlon
    Next spring, thousands could be cut from Indiana’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program [Food Stamps]. Indiana has previously waived the federal requirement that SNAP recipients are either employed, actively seeking employment or in training for future employment.But now the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration has announced that, as of 2015, the federal requirement will be enforced and as a result, approximately 65,000 people will be cut from the program.According to Fox 59 in Indianapolis, Indiana’s new requirement mandates that “any able-bodied Indiana adult without children will need to be working at least 20 hours a week, be in job training,...
  • Another $31.5 Mil to Give Food-Stamp Recipients Fruits, Veggies

    10/07/2014 11:15:02 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 36 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | October 7, 2014
    Enormous amounts of taxpayer dollars keep pouring into a scandalous Obama administration program that aims to provide low-income minorities—already getting free groceries from the government—with healthier foods. It’s part of the First Lady’s effort to eradicate “food deserts,” area’s with limited access to affordable and nutritious foods, and so far the administration has spent a fortune with no end in sight to the cash flow. Announced just a few weeks ago, the latest allocation is for $31.5 million to “create projects that increase the purchase of fruits and vegetables among low-income consumers” that already get food stamps from American taxpayers....
  • USDA offers $31.5M for healthier food stamp diet

    09/30/2014 12:39:04 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 38 replies
    The Hill ^ | September 29, 2014 | Rebecca Shabad
    A division of the Agriculture Department is making $31.5 million in funding available to help people on food stamps obtain healthier foods. The department’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is making the funding available to help those enrolled in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which offers nutrition assistance to millions of low-income Americans. "Too many struggling families do not have adequate access to nutritious food," Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Monday as he announced the new funding. "Helping families purchase more fresh produce is clearly good for families' health, helps contribute to lower health costs for the country,...
  • S.N.A.P Benefits to Increase In October

    09/29/2014 12:53:07 PM PDT · by mrsmith · 31 replies
    It's about a 4 per cent increase between the benefit increase and the increased expense deduction. Heard about this increase and searched 'Bing News' and Google News' and found nothing. Finally found this Pa. state welfare site that mentions it.
  • Global Warming Could Cause More Cold Snaps ("Warm globally, cool locally" alert!)

    09/17/2014 9:48:38 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 34 replies
    Discovery ^ | 9SEP2014 | Patrick J. Kiger
    Remember that sudden, extreme plunge in temperatures throughout much of the United States in January 2014, which led to life-threatening wind chills that forced schools to close in the Midwest? Many were mystified to hear that it was caused by a disturbance of a previously obscure atmospheric phenomenon called the Polar Vortex. Well, if you hated shivering through that cold snap, you better stock up on thermal underwear. A new study published by U.S. and South Korean researchers in Nature Communications predicts that as the world gets warmer, parts of North America, Europe and Asia paradoxically could be hit by...
  • Funding gives EBT users access to online shopping

    08/29/2014 3:47:08 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    Troy Record (NY) ^ | August 29, 2014 | Staff
    BERNE - A 21st-century Albany County initiative that combines farmers markets with online shopping is receiving extra funds to continue growth. State Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and Rep. Paul Tonko announced Wednesday that FarmieMarket Online LLC, based in the town of Berne, is receiving $24,490 in federal funding. The SNAP’s monthly electronic benefit transfers (EBT) dollars, which 95,000 individuals and their families in the Capital Region currently receive, cannot be used in many online food stores, but only at authorized retail food stores. The new program will allow EBT users to order fresh food online with the benefit...
  • Census figures show more than one-third of Americans receiving welfare benefits

    08/28/2014 4:00:52 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 11 replies
    FOX News ^ | August 28, 2014 | By Mike Emanuel
    Fifty years after the “war on poverty” was first waged, there are signs a new offensive is needed. Newly released Census data reveals nearly 110 million Americans – more than one-third of the country – are receiving government assistance of some kind. The number counts people receiving what are known as “means-tested” federal benefits, or subsidies based on income. This includes welfare programs ranging from food stamps to subsidized housing to the program most commonly referred to as “welfare,” Temporary Assistance for Needy Families. At the end of 2012, according to the stats, 51.5 million were on food stamps, while...
  • Former Miss Spain becomes first openly gay national beauty queen with sultry snap

    08/22/2014 5:42:13 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 61 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | August 22, 2014
    Patricia Yurena, a two-time winner of her country’s national contest and a runner-up in last year’s Miss Universe competition, came out as a lesbian on Instagram this Tuesday.
  • The secret life of food stamps might get less secret

    08/11/2014 1:48:14 PM PDT · by Theoria · 47 replies
    MarketPlace.org ^ | 05 Aug 2014 | Krissy Clark
    Should the public know how much money Wal-Mart, or that convenience store down the street, takes in through the federal food stamp program? Or does that amount to a retail trade secret? Those are the questions at the heart of a request for public comment announced Monday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which runs the food stamp program. Here’s the background: Last year we spent $76 billion tax payer dollars on the food stamp program (officially known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP). That money goes to about 47 million low-income Americans, who use it to buy...
  • SNAP Overpaid $2B in Benefits; Program Dollars Up 115.6% Under Obama

    07/26/2014 1:28:12 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | July 22, 2014 - 9:39 AM | Ali Meyer
    The nation’s food stamp program, formally known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), provided a record $74.6 billion in benefits to needy Americans in Fiscal Year 2012—paying out $2 billion too much, according to the annual quality control report for FY 2012, the most recent year for which data is available. And only in Washington could that $2 billion in overpayments be viewed as a good thing. […] The data show the payment error rate has declined over time, from 5.64% in FY 2007; 5.01% in FY 2008; 4.36% in FY 2009; 3.81% in FY 2010; 3.80% in FY...
  • Using Grocery Coupons to Cut the Budget and Help the Poor

    06/13/2014 1:01:23 PM PDT · by dignitasnews · 8 replies
    Dignitas News Service ^ | June 11, 2014 | Paul M Winters
    The nation has seen an increasing trend among lawmakers, particularly those on the left, in utilizing the state to drive our consumer choices. Generally, these have come from punitive measures. In addition to added regulations on food producers, they have struck directly at the consumer, in the form of "sin taxes" on sodas and other foods high in sugar and cholesterol in an "altruistic" attempt to persuade Americans to eat healthier. While I tend to disagree with these tactics and believe that the usage of state power to drive our consumer choices is a form of tyranny, I do believe...
  • Study: Banning Soda From Food Stamp Purchases Could Curb Obesity and Diabetes Rates

    06/10/2014 12:04:48 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 69 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 9, 2014 | Christine Rousselle
    A new study by researchers at Stanford University is suggesting that making soda and other sugary drinks ineligible for purchase with SNAP funds could result in nearly a quarter million fewer diabetes cases in adults, and over 140,000 fewer obese children.
  • Food stamps used to buy Red Bull ( Muslim immigrants in Conn )

    04/24/2014 9:43:05 AM PDT · by george76 · 23 replies
    ct post ^ | April 16, 2014 | Daniel Tepfer
    Aslam Khawaja, 48, of Iranistan Avenue, the owner of the SK Grocery at 856 Fairfield Ave., was charged Wednesday with first-degree larceny by defrauding a public community, a felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison. From March through December 2013 Khawaja paid cash to 128 of his customers who are on the state's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program for their SNAP benefits at 50 cents to a dollar of benefit, the arrest affidavit states. ... Khawaja is a Pakistani national. In December he was shot during a robbery at his store and at that time asked detectives to file...