What celebrities who 'live on' food stamps don't get
Taking the 'SNAP Challenge' and buying just $4.50 of food a day is well-intentioned, but it misses the benefit program's point.
The $4.50 figure is derived from the average monthly benefit of $133.44 for one person on SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), also known as food stamps. While that figure does seem pretty chintzy, SNAP Challenge misses a bigger point: SNAP was never designed to be someone's sole means for buying food.
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, "about 75 percent of SNAP participants use their own money in addition to SNAP benefits to buy food," the Post's Glenn Kessler writes. "Moreover, the maximum monthly benefits can quickly climb as the size of the household grows. A family of four, for instance, could receive as much as $668 a month for food. Indeed, households with children receive 71% of all SNAP benefits."
In addition, the USDA has a plethora of healthful recipes that cost $4.50 per serving and even some that are less than $1.50 per serving.
Still, even that $4.50-a-day allowance faces an uncertain future. On Thursday, the House of Representatives rejected a five-year, $500 billion farm bill that would have cut $2 billion annually from food stamps and permitted states to impose new work requirements on people who receive the benefits.
Spending on food stamps has doubled since 2008, reaching nearly $80 billion in fiscal 2012, and some conservatives have long argued the program is wasteful. A 2012 article from the Heritage Foundation called it "old and fossilized." As Kessler noted, some critics have challenged the SNAP Challenge by posting pictures on Twitter showing plentiful supplies of food that can be purchased through the program.
When it comes to costly entitlements like food stamps, Americans need a frank and honest discussion of their pros and cons -- not guilt-inducing publicity stunts such as the SNAP Challenge.
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It pisses me off to food stampers buy energy drinks and junk food! Just look around the supermarket food stampers don't have to look for sale items, look at unit prices, almost never buy store brand , they simple walk down the aisle and grab all the high priced junk.
I have three kids, my wife and I work so we have to limit our purchases so we can provide the bums with more.
That's why these young girls want more kids///////////// More snap money, bigger apartment, and a
whole host of other benefits when you increase the number of mouths you have to feed////// It was
never the job of the government to feed people but somehow all kinds of programs are developed
for the less fortunate or in most cases the people who know how to game the system/////////////////
Food Stamps are one of the most abused and wasteful social program this country has ever developed. A family of four receives more money monthly then my family of five spends a month on food. The amount paid out each month should be cut by at least one third. Purchases by food stamps should be (if not already) restricted to the following: Fresh/frozen non prepared meats & fish, fresh/frozen non prepared vegetables, deli meats/cheeses, canned goods, breads, non sweetened dairy, and non sweetened juices. The following should always be banned, and processes need to be in place where not already, to restrict: Soda, bottled water, power and energy drinks, sweetened juices, coffee, tea, ice cream, candy, energy bars, any pre-prepared meals or sandwiches, snacks/junk food. If these rules would be followed, and recipients would learn how to shop, no one would be hungry and we the taxpayers would save billions.
My mom worked hard all her life as a nurse's aid. There were no benefits. She worked until age 78. Because of the low wages she was never able to save much. She now gets $16.00 in food stamps per month to supplement her social security. Why would you deny someone like her a little help? She paid taxes in all of her life. Is it her fault she couldn't get benefits? She didn't take a dime from welfare all the time until she started receiving food stamps at age 81.
I do agree there are many people abusing the system. They actually spent food stamps while taking long vacations. I can't afford a vacation! They also sell the food stamps to people who buy them at a discount rate.
I would like to see the system fixed to take away the stamps from those abusing them while allowing older people like my mom or people like my mom or families with seriously ill children, etc.
And yes, I do help my mom financially to the extent I am able. Medical bills and other payments just eat up the budget.
"about 75 percent of SNAP participants use their own money in addition to SNAP benefits to buy food," AND? What is wrong with this? GET A JOB!!! I'm tired of supporting you! There is way too much abuse of the system.
That is why the government calls it a supplement program. The politicians need to look at the wording. It is not intended to totally supply all nourishment to a person. I say cut the program and make these people get out and find work.
This is the 48% that elected our current President.
I make quite a bit of money - but I still eat for less than that per day for myself. I eat $1 can of chef -boy-r-d for lunch along with a <0.50 cent coke. I drink a 0.15 cent juice in the morning. Then for supper we eat some kind of meat and vegetables - divided across the family is less the $2 per person.
Total $3.75 per day.
It used to be to take take care of MY family now its because I have to pay for everyone else's!! So I don't see why it is a big deal personally. Many times I have walked through the store penny pinching while welfare recipients buy all the good stuff. I have no problem giving people a hand up - but make them work for it.....these hand outs have to stop!!
Way to many people abusing the system and no elected officials have the balls to do what is right and change it. To worried about votes. Even the right side would still be limited, just as many on their side who are on welfare.
The system needs a top down overhaul. Sad that the intent to help people down on their luck has turned into a full support system with generations of people never bothering to try to pull themselves up and do better.
Beside getting the clowns in DC to act here are a couple things I think need to be done (among many):
1) Only support up to two kids. Amount doesn't change after that. Don't like it don't have kids (I support free birth control for this very reason; much cheaper)
2) Random drug screens, and year long ban for those who fail. 2nd time 2yrs. 3rd time banned for life. We can do this and will be cheaper than keeping the druggies fed.
3) Felonies and convictions with in a certain amount following also lower what you can get. Just because your poor doesn't mean you need to commit crimes, though I know it is more tempting when desperate, but still trying to better yourself.
4) Limits on what can be bought and never ever any cash to be withdrawn. Sugary snacks and the like can't buy em.
5) Limits to how long one can be on and reviews of ones status and enforcement of this. No more generational welfare. You get so long to be on then you are dropped and must wait.
Some of this may sound cold but the system has to be reformed and playing nice isn't working. A cold hard shock is all that will work for many at this point. Get those, I better take action on my own to survive or else instincts going again. You have to want to help yourself and why would you if others will take care of you? Remove the crutch and you will see just how many can actually walk again.
I think its time
I watched a lady with state of the art phones and her two kids 12 and 15 (approx.) had state of the art phones, with her black leather skirt, her leather jacket, her manicured long fingernails her black leather boots and her big hair job, purchase all kinds of food and brand name food items and then whip out her welfare card to purchase everything. Her ring on every finger created a problem for her to swipe her Colorado welfare card and she had to have the clerk do it for her as she talked on the phone as where whe was going out with another couple. She then went to her Cadillac Escalade to unload the groceries.
Welfare, food stamps, are all a scam that government cant manage b ut keeps paying. Welcome to America you schmucks, we are all being had and unless we stand up to this its going to get worse. The welfare and food stamp programs need re-evaluation and applicants need to reapply.
States need to have a hotline for welfare abuse and pursue it as a criminal activity rather than an oh well they must have needed it at one time.
Celebrities are so out of touch with reality since they live inside their gated communities, eat from the huge buffet tables on movie sets and are given special treatment everywhere simply because they starred in a leaked porno. Yet Celebrities are the loudest to claim that they are the ones that understand and can relate to the plight of everyday working people because they played one once in a movie! So why do so many people worship out of touch celebrities?
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