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Tue Sep 18, 2012, 12:40 PM

Who are the people using "food stamps" anyway?

My teenage son has a weekend job as a cashier at a supermarket. He told me that the overwhelming majority of people using a food stamp swipe card are young white women with little kids. He told me they always look uncomfortable about it.

I don't understand Romney's including "entitlement" and "food" in the same sentence, but I doubt he ever met a person who needed that kind of help.

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madaboutharry Sep 2012 OP
Fawke Em Sep 2012 #1
justice1 Sep 2012 #4
Blue Meany Sep 2012 #2
onethatcares Sep 2012 #3
nc4bo Sep 2012 #6
Chorophyll Sep 2012 #5
shanti Sep 2012 #7

Response to madaboutharry (Original post)

Tue Sep 18, 2012, 12:46 PM

1. Your son would be correct.

Food Stamp Assistance

Food stamp assistance is now formally known as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. While some people do not consider food stamp assistance to be a form of welfare, statistics regarding the program are still useful to consider when discussing poverty.The United States Department of Agriculture reports:
•The average household size of food stamp recipient households is 2.3 persons and the average gross monthly income is $640.
•Children make up 51% of food stamp recipients, and 65% of them reside in single parent households.
•In total, 79% of food stamp benefits are awarded to households with minor children.

The racial breakdown of food stamp recipients is as follows:
•41% white
•36% African-American
•18% Hispanic
•3% Asian
•2% Native American
•1% unknown race or ethnicity


http://save.lovetoknow.com/Welfare_Statistics

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Response to Fawke Em (Reply #1)

Tue Sep 18, 2012, 12:51 PM

4. In Nebraska 72% of food stamp recipients do work.

The remaining 28% are made of unemployed, disabled, retired, etc. I haven't been able to find the numbers to break that number down further.

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Response to madaboutharry (Original post)

Tue Sep 18, 2012, 12:48 PM

2. Actually he did, because was a bishop in the Mormon church, and would have been

responsible for giving out aid to church members. One of his co-workers recalled him saying that he had no idea people lived like that. He has, however, clearly categorized everyone who isn't a millionaire as "other," not people to be concerned about in any genuine way.

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Response to madaboutharry (Original post)

Tue Sep 18, 2012, 12:50 PM

3. the people using food stamps include

those folks that lost their jobs when private equity firms buy the companies they've worked for, saddled them with
debt, pulled millions out, then shuttered the companies after killing the pensions through bancruptcy.

It's not moral but for some reason it's legal to do things like that.

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Response to onethatcares (Reply #3)

Tue Sep 18, 2012, 12:53 PM

6. And Willard Mitt Romney was one of them. Egad. nt

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Response to madaboutharry (Original post)

Tue Sep 18, 2012, 12:53 PM

5. I think it's the very rare person who thinks "whoopee, I'm on food assistance. How clever am I?"

Mitt Romney and his $50k per plate supporters are the REAL cheats and parasites.

I will never understand the misplaced resentment toward the poor and struggling that seems so endemic in this country.

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Response to madaboutharry (Original post)

Tue Sep 18, 2012, 01:00 PM

7. lots more than that demographic

i know several young, childless college students who are getting the ebt card. it's only about $200 month.

back in the 80's, i got food stamps for me and my three sons. you couldn't get them without having children then, but it seems times have changed. people are hungry, no jobs, they have to eat! unbelieveable that some would begrudge the hungry their pittance!

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