For Discussion: 1 In 7 Americans Receive Food Stamp Benefits

- By Bossip Staff

The recession is a motherfugga:

Growth in the food stamp program appeared to reach a plateau in February — with 14.3% of the population relying on the safety net program. The number of food stamp recipients was essentially flat in February, the most recent month available, with 44.2 million Americans receiving benefits, according a new report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The food stamp program ballooned during the recession as workers lost their jobs or saw their hours and income reduced. The rise in recipients has begun to flatten in recent months, which may mean that as the economy is improving fewer Americans are seeking to join the program. Enrollment in the program is still high though, with 11.6% more people tapping benefits in February than the same month a year earlier.

Food stamp numbers aren’t seasonally adjusted though, meaning a variety of factors could influence the monthly tallies and the program could grow again in coming months.

Mississippi and Oregon were among the states with the largest share of the population utilizing food stamps in February: At least one in five residents in each state were receiving benefits. Wyoming had the lowest rate of recipients with just 6.6% of the state’s residents using food stamps.

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    • E.C. from D.C.

      The way most grocery stores clear out between the 1st and the 3rd sh*it I swear it’s MORE THAN 1 in 7.

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  • Wise1

    They dont do “stamps” anymore, its a card with the American flag on it(I see it at Food Lion ALL the time along with WIC holding up the line)…I thought blacks were the only ones on it tho…hmmmmmmm

    • Sepia830

      Food Lion? Is that for real? LOL

      1 out of 7 AMERICANS yes, but it’s the 6 out of 7 illegal aliens that I’m really pissed about.

  • Delight23

    little more than half. but hell it’s the non-secret, secret.

    More rural than urban recipients. Oregon ❓ Portland is diverse BUT it ain’t that dayum diverse.

  • nyc-mrs.718

    and i bet these “food stamp recipients” are the same ones that complain about the gov’t..talk about how Obama aint sh*t n that they are being treated so badly..yet they get gov’t aid and like other countries u dont get sh*t if u dont have a job..f*ck outta here wit that..i wish ya would live in another country scrappin for food and eatin tree bark..Obama 2012!!

    • Because They Cant

      You are absolutely right. The intent of Food stamps (as well as other entitlement programs besides social security) were to aid struggling families until they get back on their feet and no longer need them. Unfortunately, many of these people decide to make a “career” out of living off the government and receive welfare checks and food stamps ever month like “why I gotsta git a job? I can jus collecka check!?” mentality is killing this country.

      I think Food stamps and other entitlement programs need to be cut, b/c IMO it won’t give and excuse for people to be lazy, they’ll be motivated to get a job and work b/c they’ll know that if they don’t work = they don’t eat. It’s unfortunate that those in America who are trying to do the right thing get dragged down by the apathetic/inept/irresponsible.

  • G.M.

    they just had a report on the news about ppl abusing food stamps and welfare money…ppl are spending the sh1t at liquor stores, strip clubs, amusement parks, the zoo, they even had a food store owner buy a bunch of food from one grocery store with food stamps and then sell those food products at his own grocery store smh…hopefully, they’ll start to regulate how the money is spent cuz the children are the last on the list to benefit from the money intended for them smh

  • y'alljustdon'tknow

    not everyone on food stamps are unemployed or just dgaf. what about the single mother who works 55 hours a week and has to raise her children alone bc their father was killed on his job while he was trying to provide for his wife and children. stop jumping the gun. now granted there are many people out there that’s using and abusing the program but i thank God everyday that its available for those of us who truly need it.

  • nursedred

    @glow you can’t buy liquor or cigarettes with ebt you have to trade stamps for money 50 cents on the dollar is the best deal you’ll get. So really nobody’s losing least of all the government. Also there’s a lot of people who get foodstamp that have jobs. Walmart and McDonald’s are notorious for giving their employees applications for social services because most of the line staff qualify

  • nyc-mrs.718

    from the stores u posted u sound like ur from detroit or michigan area..just askin =-)

  • noble

    And then we, as a country, turn around and throw away and waste 40% of our food. —Americans have no idea of the value of food and we are not grateful for it. We think we SHOULD have food, like it’s some right to be fed. I saw Somali kids scouring the ground for a piece of rice….. I ain’t say a bag of rice. They were looking for A rice. We are a gluttonous, overfed, ungrateful people.

    • LatinaSabrosa

      so very true 😦

  • Street Pharmacist

    I applied for Food Stamps over a year ago when I was unemployed. I never received the card so I was like f**k it. I reapplied last month and apparently they given me over $1700! I’m eattin’ like a King baby…!

  • LatinaSabrosa

    LOL Hey we all gotta look for deals

  • clarissa

    Indiana (studied and my work required national and international travel). Really americans work hard and forced our government officials to use or tax on us…give us break! Please read our history folks were starving and living with out running before in shacks all over american before the 60’s…President Johnson Dr. King and the civil rights economic development movement. Somali children ain’t our fault …we help everyone! Denounce your citizenship and leave.

  • noble

    (the way we do it now is fiscally unsustainable…)

  • Hispanoila Brotherhood

    If you are on food stamps, a liquor store is the last place you should be. And a liquor store accepting food stamps?!? Last time, I checked liquor is not one of the five major food groups.

  • italian kid

    @ noble

    I agree, if we could recycle all the garbagethat was left uneaten in America and sell it to African nations that would be fantastic!

    Even better if we could take feces and sell it to the monkeys over there as jenkem.

  • clarissa

    In my city daily bakeries, dairy companies wholesale, supermarkets and resstaurants send food to shelters, food pantries, salvation army, schools, various homeless shelters, senior citizen projects. If you tell any restaurant manager your hungry and have no food they will give you a free. Majority of people are not Pimping there really are alot of sick, mentally people, handicapped, old folks, and truly disabled american citizens. Clinton cleared the ADFC roles….2-5 years max…2 children. The. NEW immigrants and foreign aid is really who you should be hollering about…..they dont and nobody kin to them paid a dang dime in taxes!!! DENOUNCE YOU CITIZENSHIP AND LEAVE…PLANT A GARDEN AND LIVE BY A CAMP FIRE IN ANOTHER COUNTRY. WE AMERICANS FOUGHT FOR IT, PAID FOR AND ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR OUR POOR….WE ARE NOT RICH AZZ AFRICA BEGGING!

  • noble

    We have to pack up and leave the US because we’re critiquing a government program?? …. chileplease.

  • clarissa

    @noble
    Fast food cannot be recycled. Every company donates to shelters and homeless projects. I have a MSW and work city state and federal government. THE BIG DRAIN ARE IMMIGRANTS FOREIGN AIDE COMMONWEALTHS! THEY DONT PAY A DANG DIME IN TAXES! AMERICA SHOULD TAKE CARE OF HER POOR AND SICK! CITIZENS ARE NOT PIMPING LIKE YOU THINK. EVEN STRIPPERS AND DRUG DEALS PAY TAXES WHEN THEY SHOP! MANY IMMIGRANTS COME BEGGING WITH OLD GRANDPARENTS HANDICAPPED AND DISABLED CHILDREN. AND YOU KNOW THE COUNTRIES WE GIVE FOREIGN AIDE TO AIN’T PAID A DIME IN TAXES…..AMERICANS QUIT HATING ON EACH OTHER! PLEASE AND THANK YOU!

  • PALESTLATINA

    PUERTORICANS RECEIVE MORE FOOD STAMPS THAN ANYONE ELSE. IN FACT, PUERTOS USE FOOD STAMPS TO PAY THEIR RENT AND UTILITY BILLS. PUERTORICANS HAVE NEVER REALLY SEEN REAL MONEY ONLY FOOD STAMPS.

    • LatinaSabrosa

      U right about that one. Puertoricans ABUSE the system like WOOOh, they will fake a crazyness to be able to claim SSI but they are American citizens and fell as though they can do that. But not all ricans are like that but they do so because they can get away with it. It amazes me how “the most powerfull country” can continue to get ROBBED everyday by its own people

    • LatinaSabrosa

      feel

  • noble

    @ clarissa, first of all, all those caps… Bakeries and restaurants in your town might do a good job donating but they are not what I’m talking about. You can look up articles on national food waste as a whole… From individuals, to restaurants, cruise lines, businesses… We waste entirely too much food in this country (but we also waste too much electricity. We are 6% of the world and use 16% of its resources, so we are wasters and consumers all around.) But the issue is the government cannot support this program as it now exists. And fast food makes entirely too much food and throws it away for many reasons… One is it costs them pennies to make it. McDonalds buys the vast majority of potatoes grown in the US and buys them for next to nothing. McD alone keeps US potato farmers in business. It’s a cycle… the US gov gives people food stamps, people can now spend their cash on fast food, they give their cash to McD, McD gives its money back to the government in the form of US subsidized beef and potatoes…. Cycle. US Gov = left hand. McDonalds = right.

  • http://www.freewebs.com/atyourbest Teal_Blade

    Imma have to be Tiffany Williams on this one..

  • noble

    And @ Italian kid, interesting you would call uneaten food on a plate ‘garbage.’ One minute it’s what is sustaining you, next minute it’s garbage. That would be like buying 10 gallons of gas, deciding you’re full and only want 6 and taking the hose and pouring the other 4 gallons down the street. We throw away perfectly good food and call it ‘trash.’ We are confused.

  • noble

    And off topic, aaccording to energy justice dot net, we are 4.6% of the world’s population and use 25% of its oil, gas and electricity. Man, that’s even worse…

  • Northern Cali Honey

    Most people who are on food stamps are just lazy if you ask me…some NOT…but MOST are.–Ok the ONES I know–

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