Portraits of hunger: Stories of Americans on food stamps

The number jumps out at you: More than 46 million Americans — one in seven of us — gets help from the federal government to feed ourselves and our families. The “food stamp” program — they’re not stamps anymore, by the way — has been hailed as a key element of the safety net. But a number of the Republican presidential candidates say the president’s support for food stamps and other social programs only promotes dependency.“We actually think work is good,” Newt Gingrich has said. “We actually think saying to somebody, ‘I’ll help you if you’re willing to help yourself,’ is good.”

If you’re surprised at how many Americans receive help in buying food, you may be even more surprised who they are. As it turns out, millions of Americans with jobs also need the help.

 

Comments

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/WIZIYBUG5VGTHPUSX2TPFJDKEM Christi

    The working poor suffer every time a politician shoots their mouth off about lazy welfare recipients.  It’s a stereotype just as unrepresentative of those people as any other stereotype.  If you are in the bottom rungs of society, there are several rungs missing to pull yourself up to the next level, and the GOP is determined to knock even more out.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Gloria-Moshier/100000376600874 Gloria Moshier

    Many people in this country are UNDEREMPLOYED.  They make enough money to pay part of their bills but not all.  They are dependent on family members and social agencies to fill the gap, this includes food stamps, assistance with heat, and help with housing costs.  They have no extra for clothing or “goodies”.  Also, there are many people out there who take food stamps but really do not need them.  There are also people who need them but use them to get cash to buy drugs and alcohol. This is why many people are opposed to people receiving food stamp assistance, the abusive practices of the few.
    There needs to be more extensive “needs assessment” and their also needs to be greater limitation on the use of food stamps.  We cannot refuse the truly needy!

  • Not You

    Newt needs to live on food stamps and minimum wage for 30 days.  Then he can preach.

  • Cavalier

    Granted some folks are in dire need of assistance.  Some others take assistance due to their high entitlement mentality and can well survive without the government food stamp program.  I just saw on PBS where one 82 year old  man only receives $16 a month and another employed lady with two kids earning $1900 a month gets $850 a month in food stamps.  I do not net $1900 a month and at the end of the year am lucky to break even.  I can feed my wife teenage child and 25 year old, unemployed step son on less than $200 a month and eat well because we prepare food and know how to buy and raise what we need.  50# sacks of beans, rice, oats, flour and then canning vegetables in season buying on specials,  buy poultry, beef and hogs off the local farmers. 
    Rather then a large number of unwanted horses being dumped on back roads, bring back their market
    Horse meat would be a cheap high protein, lowest cholesterol, tender sweet meat that cooks up better than beef and is more tender at any age, should the government keep its nose out of what people are allowed to eat and open USDA inspected horsemeat processing plants again. It is a culinary favorite with a high price in other countries.

  • Elizabethmelville56

    I am so tired of wealthy politicians trying to relate to an under employed or unemployed single mom, or single dad, or just an ordinary family living on the edge of poverty.  They have no concept of telling your children there is nothing to eat for dinner. Poverty is real in this country folks, the middle class is gone or nearly so.  The middle class is now the poor and the poor are really in dire straits.  Salaries have stayed at the same levels for the last 10 years, while everything has gone way up.  Corporate profits are out of sight, (GM just announced their highest profits ever)  The CEO’s are getting Golden parachutes for non-performance, and making fortunes; while families can’t feed their children, and old people are deciding to buy food or medicine, but not both.  The Greed of these power people is sickening.  Newt Gingrich is a thief, a liar, a cheat and a coward !  He makes money off of everything, he has so many non-profits that pay him “Consulting Fees”  he and his current wife too. Its just disgusting.  I don’t know what the answer is, but these guys are not it.  Just saying..

  • Vickie

    I was dismayed, again, at a conservative who didn’t know their facts. It seems so easy for the right to speak untruths and just ignore the truth. When Jeff Greenfield asked Ramesh Ponnuru about whether it is the right ethic in America to make food available to people who can’t afford it, Ponnuru pointed to policies which made food expensive. He cited the ethanol program. Well, policies in this country have actually been built around a “cheap food” policy. That’s part of what subsidies are all about. We have for so long held “bragging rights” around having abundant, cheap food, that the statement Ponnuru makes is not even valid. Oh, by the way, I come from agriculture, my family operates a large ranch. I find it unconscionable that we would question food stamps in this country, and the vitriolic manner that the Republican candidates address these policies aimed at basic human needs, leads me to ask: “Where did they come from?”

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/Q7O5E6DJMFOCAHAQCR32HUNW3I R

    Yes, funny how those free markets supporters flood DC with their lobbyists getting THEIR WELFARE programs funded. 

  • jam

    Listen to the show again.  She doesn’t make $1900 a month.  She makes $19,000 a year or  $1,583 a month probably before taxes, not after; slightly more than $9 an hour or, putting it into real life perspective, not much more than you get working in a fast food restaurant.  She’s a member of the working poor and struggling just like the others are.  The shame is that she’s apparently working for a state that pays so little.  The irony is that she’s working for the food stamp program. 

  • Kathy

    I work for DPW.  What hurts the most to see—old people on Social Security who get the bare minimum in Social Security (675. or so) and get $16.00 in FS.  SIXTEEN DOLLARS.  I would love to see them get at least 200. per month, to atleast be able to pay rent, and HAVE FOOD.  I see older people coming in to our office that never expected to be there.  Worked all their life, saved, thought they’d have enough to live on, and they don’t.  Sad to see.  Plenty of hard working folk coming in that need the FS.  Tom Corbett cripples PA FS recipients.  Has a commercial that says “Save”, can’t do that now because of the new Means test.  Ridiculous.

  • rudyblu

    I watch this program last night an thought that a lot wasnt said an lot was said . Comparing today to the 90s is like comparing apples to oranges. In the 90s one could rent a home for 400. a month today 700. a month maybe. Gas prices then was .80 cents a gallon, even min, wage was 3.35 an yet most folks where doing better, My wife works a job i pick up what i can even if i pick up 100 dollars today its worth about 10 dollars in the 90s that 100 dollars felt like a 1000 dollars.  To be honest we cant get food an go to bed hungry . You get a paycheck an its like one must pay himself to go to work these days,

  • Rg_barrientes

    the reporter reporting from Houston, TX has not done his homework. I did not get his name, but even in the state he was reporting from there are restrictions on people getting food stamps.  If  a person is between 18 and 62 and has no minor children in the home they can only draw food stamp 6 months out of every 3 years.  There are job search requirements and so on. this guy made it sound like there are no stipulations.

  • Marc Finn

    Seems as if we should also give the recipients guidance on the choice of food they buy.  What I saw; basket filled with steaks, prepared foods, soda with no fresh fruits, vegetables nor bulk grains.

  • Steve

    The SNAP program is not broken, our priorities are ‘broken’.
    Why do we tolerate corporate subsidy yet chastise people subsidy –
    subsidy for people who have trouble making it DUE to corporate greed and
    obscene profits? It make no sense. Wouldn’t it be great if there didn’t
    have to be subsidies on either side? Why can’t we, as a society, get
    this balanced?

  • Wornstones

    Is anyone else seeing the bigger picture here? Food stamps is just a small bandaid on a MUCH bigger issue — overpopulation. As jobs become replaced by technology, more people are unable to provide for themselves and their families. It would be my guess that a large percentage of the people who rely on govt. subsidies of all kinds (housing, food, health care) are people who have multiple children and no skills or training to provide for a family. Many are probably single parents with little or no help to care for children while they work. We have pushed our food production resources to the brink, poisoning soil and water, to keep up with unbridled worldwide population growth. In the main, the small body of people who have the personal resources (income, housing, insurance) to provide adequately for their families have the fewest children. Yet the only solutions for controlling family growth are either permanent or require planning (remembering to take a pill or use birth control accessories in the heat of the moment). There are no simple solutions to planning each new life brought into this world, and until this issue is solved, we will struggle with trying to feed and care for more people than we have the resources to handle.

  • jeff

    WHERE THE HELL DO YOU BUY GROCERIES!!!!!!!

  • Mkline

    This country cannot afford to keep importing labor intensive goods in exchange for American export of bulk commodities to maintain an acceptable level of GDP growth, because it erodes employment prospects, and encourages outsourcing of American skilled labor/labor to compete within our own country, leading to an increase in Food Stamp recipients.  In addtion, there needs to be strong oversight in import of services to protect the service industries operating within our own country for the same reason.

  • silenus

    Let them eat cake . . .

  • Anonymous

    We have the fattest poor people and thinest rich people in the world. The poor eat cheap , processed food , the rich can afford a good diet.

  • Anonymous

    Newt and Rick never had to count pennies, being in Congress and receiving an inflated salary.  So how could they know how others exist.  These help programs didn’t just appear overnight, but after poverty has been studied over ninety years. 
    All the American People are pragmatists.  If programs are available, they will utilize them without qualms.
    The way our public education has been set up in the past, it often only benefits sixty percent of the students who are proficient at academics not necessarily those with the highest intelligence, and has left forty percent behind along the way, diverted in some way yet still given a HS diploma. 
    Until we do away with the yearly grade-rank by age in K-12 and start using a system which allows for the mastering of individual  capsules of knowledge at ones own pace, we will continue under-utilizing our manpower potential, and Citizens that do the minimum to get by.
    Also education that emphasizes the how-to’s of entrepreneurship for everyone would be of great benefit to us as a Nation.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Susan-D-Weiss/582142832 Susan D. Weiss

    Widespread Fraud? …..NOT ACCURATE…….. Watching these families? This simply makes my chest ache… My kids are going to watch this with me tonight. I admit, I don’t look forward to it, I don’t want my 5 year old to be told of sadness and pain but it’s my job to be sure that their hearts and minds are in the best possible shape…  FACTS… COMPASSION… they go well together.

  • amwa

     …and we have someone running for President who is AGAINST birth control.  We have to feed the children that are here but we also have to have someone like Barack Obama in the White House helping woman get birth control if they want it.  Rick Santorum is just so out of touch with people trying to survive and put food on the table.  Only the wealthy can afford large families. If the Catholic Church wants to stay in the dark ages they can start helping feed the children.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kate-Pollack/504625142 Kate Pollack

    I make $8 and hour at a skilled, professional job that I went to college in order to get. I cannot live off this low of a wage. I don’t have any dependents, either. Without food stamps, I don’t know what I would do. Maybe Newt should think about the fact that college graduates cannot make a living wage in this country. I also had to get help from the county to pay my heat bill this winter. I don’t know what else I am supposed to do- be homeless? Or maybe go into prostitution? I wonder what New thinks.

  • Mac

    note that all **former** members of Congress receive pay for **life**, about $174K per year.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kate-Pollack/504625142 Kate Pollack

    Are you really saying that poor people should just have less kids and they’d be alright? Wow. Or maybe they should remember to take their birth control? That is really offensive. Overpopulation is a problem, yes. But the fact that people cannot make a living wage is the reason so many of us are on food stamps. “It would be your guess”…that people who need assistance have too many kids. Great guess. Good for you and your “guesses”. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kate-Pollack/504625142 Kate Pollack

    Another stereotypical, offensive comment directed towards the poor. I hear this all the time. I don’t need the government to tell me how to eat. I buy healthy food with my benefits and so do a lot of other people. Mind your own business and don’t look in other peoples’ shopping baskets so much. There are many reasons for bad diets being a problem in this country. Lack of proper education is one. You cannot really think that food stamps is causing this.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Russ-Pennington/1136725734 Russ Pennington

     It appears to me, you are trying to help yourself. I think that newt would say good for you. 

  • MissCris

    Bravo!!

  • Mojomcmahon

    Thanks for sharing Kate…. Tell it like it is!! The world needs to know the real stories. 

  • Mojomcmahon

    Sad but true.. in the richest country in the world, (or used to be)

  • Melaniel66

    Been there where I needed help for food.  I feel that if everyone in there own towns would take two cans of food sometime in the month to there nearest food pantry there would be more to go around and two cans is not much.  So may do not give and the ones who do are overwelmed at times and stop.  We have to stand up and help out eachother because one day you can be ok and the next broke and trying to feed your family and yourself.  Lots are out of work and the goverments standereds are to high to help us in need these days.  They do not care about us.  We have to start caring for eachother again and stand up to them and take our country back.

  • Darceyfowler

    My husband is a Drug and alcohol counselor.He works for the State of Colorado…We only clear 1800.00 a month.We have no insurance and spend only 50.00 a week on food and paper products.It is really hard to provide nutritious food for a family on that budget.So we end up eating a lot of pasta,cheap and filling.We throw nothing away.Makes soups from chicken carcasses and any leftover meats.We pack leftovers in my husbands lunches.We were getting 230.00 a month food stamps,but now we make to much for help.If it wasn’t for the food bank we would often have nothing but rice to eat. 

  • Dupree63

    You really said a mouthful with this statement.  I haven’t had a raise in my salary in several years, and I have gone into deep depression.  I received my W2 form this year, and I just wanted to cry when I look at how my annual salary has been deeply slashed by the employer I work for.  I certainly could use some food stamps.

  • MissCris

    So true.I remember my Grandpa always saying that his generation was the best generation.Now I see why.They helped each other.America needs to wake up.We have to much corruption in washington and we need to rid ourselves of it.Lots of americans are in need and we need to help them.My family used foodstamps growing up and they helped but now the prices of everything has gone up and people can’t afford what they need.But the rich want to put down the poor for needing help while they get tax breaks left and right.It makes me sicks.

  • Psychojesster

    We make less than $1500 a month Normally could find ways to stretch that fairly well. Rice & pasta being key to this. Now a baby on the way & a diagnosis of diabetes means the whole diet needs to be revised. All my easy meal stretchers are “bad foods” high carbohydrate. Not sure how w will stretch things now.

  • Waterswheel

    I know people who are on food stamps. They are not living large. Household Size1  Max SNAP (Food Stamp) Allotment $200 per mo$50.00 per week for 1 person who brings home $908 per mohttp://www.in.gov/fssa/dfr/3097.htm

  • Marysauceman

    Newt is so out of touch ~ he’s already proved what his values are like…

  • Marysauceman

    Very eloquently stated…

  • Kitzcat

    Sounds like you know me. I get $908 per month with a mortgage of $742 per month. There’s not much left for paying bills. I only qualified for $62 per month. It’s a help, but I still have to rely on the food bank as well. Being diabetic makes it even harder.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/HMIHNOTWVSORY4HZJQSYJHV4EY Layunna

    A single mom now making min wages after 8 years with the same company , my stamps get cut because  dead beat dad is paying 200. a month after 13 years of no payments ?????And my hours get cut at work ????And who needs food stamps ?????????

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/HMIHNOTWVSORY4HZJQSYJHV4EY Layunna

    I have seen a girl with 6 small kids getting 600 a month ! That is beyond belief !!!!!

  • Waterswheel

    Fraud is much more difficult now that the paper food stamps are gone and one is issued a 
    Electronic Benefits Transfer Card-(like a credit card) that has to be swiped at the check-out stand.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/HMIHNOTWVSORY4HZJQSYJHV4EY Layunna

    All one has to do is hand  over the card  and give the pin . simple .

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/HMIHNOTWVSORY4HZJQSYJHV4EY Layunna

    Now ,,,to stop fraud  ,  picture id !

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/HMIHNOTWVSORY4HZJQSYJHV4EY Layunna

    That where the meat is !!!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/HMIHNOTWVSORY4HZJQSYJHV4EY Layunna

    Mrs obama cut the candy bars in half , ok now if the food stamps would cut junk food out  ??? I believe that would make more of a stand !!!!!!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/HMIHNOTWVSORY4HZJQSYJHV4EY Layunna

    any one can use your card  as long as they got your pin 

  • my2cents

    Perhaps the Obama’s would have a better rating with the public if they would contribute their vacation funds to the poor.  How many people take lavish vacations several times a year?  And we’re all paying for it.  And while many American’s really need food stamps and government assistance, there are many that suck off the system, even after they don’t need it anymore, or continue to collect even when they are able to get a job.  As hard as it may be, there has to be a stopping point.  Our nation can’t afford to continue on the path we’re going, because if it’s bad now, it will be 100X worse in 10 years.  The rich have to give more, and the poor have to try harder..

  • Swcramer07

    My husband walked out and abandoned my daughter and I. I was in the middle of trying to get disability for health issues, and still trying to get it. I can’t go to work even part-time because I will be telling SS that i can work. I was told by the social worker helping me not to go to work at all and if I do I won’t be able to get SSI. So I am in limbo. My husband has become a DEADBEAT DAD he will pay no support of any kind because he says LEGALLY HE DOESN’T HAVE TO. And he has taken me off his health insurance. I am getting “foodstamps and medicaid” because there is no money coming in. My husband works for the COUNTY GOVERMENT in Northern Va. He makes very good money but will not give any support. I have no money coming in right now. I never thought I would be in this position to ask for help. But when you need it, it should be there for everyone. I hope to get married again and get off gov’t help one day. I paid into it for 30 years working. I am not surprised at all who is needing help now.

  • my2cents

    And by the way, ‘there but for the grace of God’

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/HMIHNOTWVSORY4HZJQSYJHV4EY Layunna

    Crack heads will always find a way to beat the system !

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/HMIHNOTWVSORY4HZJQSYJHV4EY Layunna

     to get food stamps and still sell em ,while we have to fight for what little we get !!!!

  • eydie

    You can sue him for child support and they will go after his wages! If he is the father of your daughter he most certainly does have to pay child support. Go get him!!! 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/HMIHNOTWVSORY4HZJQSYJHV4EY Layunna

    Drug testing will cost more !!!!

  • Waterswheel

    Fraud is not so simple.  If, say, one is trading food stamps for drugs or merchandise the seller has to go to the store with the buyer to use the card. One can no longer use stamps like cash for a straight across transaction.

  • Layunna

    Than having your picture on the card 

  • Waterswheel

    Photo on the card is not a bad idea.  

  • Layunna

    Simple yet ,,,,you can’t use your card with out your ID 

  • Waterswheel

    Household SizeMaximum Gross Monthly Income Limit1$1,18021,59432,008
    Household SizeMaximum Net Monthly Income Limit1$90821,22631,545

    Household SizeMaximum SNAP (Food Stamp) Allotment1$20023673 526
    http://www.in.gov/fssa/dfr/3097.htm 

  • Waterswheel

    Let me try that again: Household Size  3
    Maximum Gross Monthly Income Limit     $2,008
    Maximum Net Monthly Income Limit   $1,545
    Maximum SNAP (Food Stamp) Allotment  3   $526

    http://www.in.gov/fssa/dfr/3097.htm 

  • Anonymous

    Household Size  3
    Maximum Gross Monthly Income Limit     $2,008
    Maximum Net Monthly Income Limit   $1,545
    Maximum SNAP (Food Stamp) Allotment  3   $526

    http://www.in.gov/fssa/dfr/3097.htm

  • Luvmylars

    Unfortunately, the piddly amount dispensed to most recipients of food stamps does not allow for an all healthy foods diet.  Compare the cost of a family-sized bag of chips (and the “full” feeling it provides) to the price (and LACK of “full” feeling) of THREE green peppers – same price!!!!  Not to mention the fact that many recipients live in rural areas where fresh fruits and vegetables are only available by traveling in a vehicle.  The Food Stamp Program does not cover expenses for a vehicle or offer gas reimbursement for those already in possession of a vehicle.  If you could only go to the store once a week, how long would your fresh fruits and vegetables last?  What if you could only get to the store every two weeks?  Get my point?

  • Sahalek

    We have politicians who are out of touch with reality, who are also in the upper echelon in regard to income and lifestyle. They sprout their rhetoric but they have no concept of what it means to struggle with rising inflation,stagnant wages,and an uncertain economy which impacts our daily lives.
     

  • Waterwheel

    You have to report income and employment changes at least every six months in most state to continue to receive food stamps. One cannot earn more than the maximum income and still get food stamps, unless one is working under the table. 

  • Jacqulyn Atkinson

    For people saying an ID would help with fraud.. What about households with two parents and older children? Should everyone’s photo be on the card, or just one person’s? If it was just that ONE person, then only that ONE person could go to the store and purchase food for the entire family. What a silly solution!! Also, it doesn’t help that the government refuses to issue new cards when they’re needed. So of course they’re not going to fork over the cash to make ‘better’ cards. I got married a year and a half ago, and my card still has my maiden name on it. You never get asked for ID to use the card, at least not around here. It’s like a debit card; as long as you know the PIN, no one will even blink an eye at you. 

  • Cstarklafayette

    You may even be surprised how many people go to work and are hungry, working hungry, or can’t afford to pack much of a lunch!

  • Waterswheel

    Good point about the photo ID.  One can get a new card in AZ-cost $5.00

  • Waterwheel

    You know of course, the president, any president, never really goes on vacation. 

  • Take out the trash

    Have you been to the grocery store lately?  You people better get off you high horses and pay attention to what’s going on.  What use to cost $60 at the grocery store now cost $150. What use to be middle class can even barely afford groceries, and you have many people working for alot less money and can’t make ends meet.  Eat or pay the electric bill because our power company is greedy and they charged me $70 to deliver $8 worth of gas to my home.  Are we suppose to pick the money off trees?  Sorry! Obama got to it before we could pick it off.  That tax break we get- you can keep it, because there are no tax breaks at tax time! It’s a crock!    

  • Take out the trash

    And thanks to Obama Care we had to drop my husbands insurance cause they wanted $6,000. yr. This is an obamination.  Yes the politicians are living high on the hog!  They are out of touch with reality!  Who do they think their audience is?  People like them?  People on food stamps aren’t getting enough assistance to help themselves no less to commit fraud.  This isnt’ the days of people selling their food stamps outside social services to get cash.  I would be more worried that people are not getting enough to eat.  There are many with no food.  This has got to come to an end!  This government has taken all they take from us, it’s time to get Obama out of the office and to start sending messages to your representatives!  But  Wait til you see how long it takes them to answer you if they do at all. They are all hiding under their desks!  Time to take the trash out again in November!  

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1091181049 Laura Benson

    seems to me that that for a family of three, that’is outrageous as to the state worker with two small children gets 300 and something a month for her benefit .. and I am NOT ridiculing .. the economy keeps going up, up, up and no cost of living increases or anything .. I really believe that there are far more working people in need of help, but there are still way too many who play the system that take away from those that TRULY need help 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1091181049 Laura Benson

    I wish people would just stop pointing fingers .. remember, KARMA is a *bleep* .. Pray, YOU and/or your family members NEVER need to turn to “the system” .. it’s not ABOUT the children, it’s FOR the children, and for the “NEEDY” .. people are tossed into situations beyond their control that leave them in hard times .. and MOST turn for help TEMPORARILY to help them get thru the hump .. so don’t throw stones at people when YOU don’t know the circumstances, because one day, each of us just might be in need of help 

  • Anonymous

     I don’t think any of the candidates don’t want to help you.  If you are working and doing all you can then you are the most deserving.  If you are wasteful with your cash and expect a handout then that would be another thing. Good luck to you.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1091181049 Laura Benson

    and you are also required to include ALL income of ALL household members .. and there are people that don’t do that so they may receive the maximum .. and food pantries .. I don’t know how it works everywhere, but here I believe you are allowed in your town ONLY but some go to surrounding towns as well .. holiday times . .multiple food baskets for one family who plays the system while there may be ONE family who can’t get due to the other’s selfishness .. but, same for fuel assistance and everything else too .. makes me sick 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1091181049 Laura Benson

    you are allowed to work while on disability but there are restrictions to income limits where it won’t interfere with your monthly SSI alotment 

  • Anonymous

    Folks, what I see all around me is people who are using drugs who sell their foodstamps for about 1/2 their value to get cigs and drugs and alcohol. My daughter was on foodstamps for a while when her husband was going to school.  They had money for food that I could never afford and her husband wasn’t even on the program.  Just her and two kids.  So, all I can say is if a family is getting the whole allotted amount then they can eat as good as most people and better than a lot. If a family does not qualify for the whole amount then someone in charge feels like they can put some of their own cash.  Some people who do not get the whole amount think the partial amount they get should pay for all of their food and complain that they can’t feed their family on that amount.  Well, it wasn’t meant to completely pay for it all in some cases. Once on the foodstamp program people find it hard to pay for their food themselves.  

  • Anonymous

     What is the cost of living in your area.  1800 a month sounds good to me and I’ve never gotten foodstamps.  We managed to buy our home, car and boat.  Not new but we had what we needed.  Most we’ve ever cleared was $1600 month.  Of course we have a farm and use fire wood a lot. 

  • Anonymous

     vegetables are not expensive.  I see what’s in the food cart of most foodstamp users.  Goodies, and heat and serve foods.  If they would cook real food they can eat well if they get the max amount for their family.  You can take a small amount of meat add pasta, vegetables and have a great meal for 4 people for about 6 dollars.  I know what I’m talking about.  I do it all the time. Some meals might cost more but there are left overs for other meals.  Funny to me how many times I see people on foodstamps going to MacDonalds.

  • Anonymous

    Newtie is a crook, how someone can leave the position of Speaker of the House in disgrace and still run for President. Why do they still call him “Speaker” Gingrich? It’s not “Speaker for life” or Senator for life or Governor for life, the media are a bunch of idiots for permanently afixing these titles to these people for life! Calista looks like the android Human/Martian woman in “Mars Attacks”. As for food stamps, the hunger is real…most of these people work or are retirees who worked, paid their taxes and some have even fought in our endless parade of wars. These people spend this money on food which helps keep more people employed and businesses open and both paying taxes. How many people are elligble and don’t even apply because the Repubs have heeped shame on the food stamp issue. Another case of “let them eat cake” attitude.

  • Anonymous

    What I don’t understand is, if everyone is so hungry, why are they not growing gardens where they can.  I remember in the days of my child hood everyone grew gardens where they could.  Put up food, grew fruit trees and canned the fruit too.  Now people who have a perfectly good area they could grow some veggies won’t do a thing for themselves. 

  • Anonymous

    That’s right can’t save…just create a living hell of insecurity and shame.

  • Anonymous

    Small business/entrepreneurship currently is a joke and a lie…a myth. Very few small business succeed, older ones are put out of business by big box stores and new ones lack capital and usually employ a family in hock up to their eyeballs with no benefits. It’s a good soundbite for the politicians and the corporate owned media, they just want a few around to con everyone…they do everything in their power to tax and hinder small businesses.

  • Michelle McCoy

    I went to college and graduate cum laude. I have lived abroad and speak three languages. Even with the internship experience I had in college, for which I am eternally grateful, I have still only managed to land a job where I make 9.25 an hour. Living in California, that is hardly enough to pay my rent and bills. If it were not for my boyfriend with whom I am sharing expenses, I would be applying for food stamps and assistance. I have worked very hard, with more opportunities than many, and yet I am still struggling to get by. My heart and prayers go to those who I know are unable to provide dinner for their families each night. 

  • Anonymous

    With all due respect, you are assuming most poor people have a home, property, and land–or access to such. Some do- and those that do need some educational help doing such. But most don’t.

    Yes, there are now “inner city” projects that support “communal gardens” and the like. And it’s a great idea, which I support. The reality is most poor people don’t have these options. And even so, fine, you could certainly raise fruits, veggies. What about live stock? What about grains? You need serious land and need to meet zoning qualifications. Just saying…

    You also have to realize we now have a Government foisting UN Agenda 21 upon Americans, whereby they are trying to and quite effectively–seize private land, property, farms, control farming and the food supply…look up “Agenda 21″ and “Codex Alimentarius”…Monsanto is trying to take over world food production via GMO seeds which are non-reproducing. Not only is there significant scientific evidence that GMO food is dangerous to human health, and nature at large, but effectively gives this evil Corp. a monopoly on the food supply…OF THE WORLD. Now farmers have to repurchase seeds from Monsanto every year because these are non-self propagating crops? Can you imagine why this is so crazy and dangerous, especially in 3rd World Countries? This is a form of Corp. rape of the people, pure and simple. Like our Wall Street Thugs. Not to get off topic, but it’s now Feb. 22, 2012. Why hasn’t Jon Corzine been indicted, arrested, and thrown in jail yet for securities fraud, theft, and lying before and a grand jury concerning the MF Global scandal???? Just something to ponder.

    I realize that currently there are about 6 billion or so people on this planet. Still, we have the resources and wealth to feed EVERYONE. Why are people so up in arms about feeding the poor and needy under “Government Welfare” when THE BIGGEST RECIPIENTS OF GOVERNMENT SUBSIDIES AND WELFARE ARE BANKS AND MEGA CORP. CONGLOMERATES RAKING IN BILLIONS, USUALLY TAX FREE???????? WHY AREN’T WE MAD ABOUT THAT?!!!

    As an American tax payer and patriot, I’d much rather haven given those BILLIONS in bail-outs to needy Americans that fat-cat bankers and Wall Street scumbags, who don’t even contribute anything to society. They just treat our economy and the DOW like their own private casino–bad gamblers and leeches off  “WE THE PEOPLE”.

  • Anonymous

    Since you think the program is quite fraudulent, and it seems that now your son-in-law might now have a degree and a good job, perhaps you should insist THEY pay back benefits THEY received from the program?

    I won’t hold my breath…point made.

  • Anonymous

    I agree…also, isn’t it ironic how our government officials receive and can retire with health care and pensions that WE pay for…the likes of which only few average Americans in the country can dream of?

  • Anonymous

    That’s true

  • Anonymous

    I agree…never been on food stamps but been unemployed, and food was tight. Still, tried to do my best. I always bought stuff in bulk when possible and tried to give something to my local food bank every month…if only some canned food, rice, boxed pasta, etc. I was always mindful of finding cheap fruit, veggies, produce, and trying to donate that, too. When people are struggling to eat, these are the first things they cut from their budget, understandably.

    We need to stand together.

  • Anonymous

    I am from PA–Ricky Boy’s home state, and let me tell you, he is a CORRUPT HUGE HYPOCRITE. His views on birth control are laughable, but the latest controversy is how we should all HOME SCHOOL our kids!!! Great–if you make over $500,000K/yr. and a spouse is at home to do it…Oh, also, he FORGOT to mention that the only reason he now home schools his kids, is because he had formerly had them PRIVATELY schooled at a charter school in PA…trouble is, the county where he claimed residence (1 month of the year) came after him for reimbursement of $70K in local tax payer money since in essence, the Santorum residence was really in VIRGINA. See below:

    Residency and tuition controversy

    In November 2004, a controversy developed over education costs for
    Santorum’s children. Santorum’s legal address is in Penn Hills,
    Pennsylvania, a suburb of Pittsburgh. But as a Senator, he lives at his
    home in Leesburg, Virginia, near Washington, D.C. (Leesburg is located
    about one hour’s drive west of Washington, D.C., and about 90 minutes’
    drive south of the Pennsylvania border). Santorum’s five older children
    received education through the Western Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School
    with 80 percent of tuition costs paid by the Penn Hills School
    District. At a meeting in November 2004, the Penn Hills School District
    announced that it did not believe Santorum met the qualifications for
    residency status since he and his family spend most of the year in
    Virginia. They demanded repayment of tuition costs totaling $67,000.

    Santorum’s supporters said that the controversy is
    politically-motivated as the school board is controlled by Democrats
    (Erin Vecchio, the school board member who first publicly raised the
    issue, is the chair of the local Democratic Party). They also noted that
    since Santorum votes in Penn Hills and pays property and school taxes
    there, he is entitled to the same privileges as any other Penn Hills
    resident and he should not be deprived of these privileges as a result
    of his service in the U.S. Senate.

    In November 2004, the Penn Hills Progress, a local paper,
    reported that the Santorum and his wife pay about $2,000 per year in
    property taxes on the home they own. They also found that another couple
    – possibly renters – were registered voters at the same address.[17]

    After the controversy developed, Santorum said he would make other
    arrangements for his children’s education, but insisted that he did not
    owe the school board any back tuition. On July 8, 2005, a Pennsylvania
    state hearing officer ruled that the Penn Hills School District had not
    filed objections to Santorum’s residency in a timely manner and
    dismissed the complaint. Santorum hailed the ruling as a victory against
    what he termed “baseless and politically motivated charges.” Santorum
    told reporters that “[n]o one’s children — and especially not small,
    school-age children — should be used as pawns in the ‘politics of
    personal destruction.’” [18]

    In the 2000 campaign, Santorum’s opponent, Ron Klink, ran an attack
    ad featuring an image of the senator’s house in Virginia calling him a
    “hypocrite.” The ad noted that in his 1990 campaign for Congress
    Santorum had run attack ads criticising the then Democratic
    Representative Doug Walgren for buying a house and living in McLean,
    Virginia. A news report noted that “when asked about Santorum’s comments
    in 1990, his spokeswoman said that when Santorum was a congressman, he
    did not own a home outside Pennsylvania.” [

    How ’bout those apples?

  • Erin

    felt like my heart exploding to hear the single dad speak about going hungry four days..  cause he just wanted to make sure his kid ate.  I have been there and amazingly you are reluctant to tell people ‘you are hungry’.  I have had a friend laugh at me before cause he thought I was joking.  Politicians and others who think working is the answer.. walk in someone else’s shoes before you speak.  Many many many of us are working and raising children and doing everything we can and feel blessed for the extra food help.. and yet some would begrudge you that.  I paid into the system my whole working life so getting the help seems right ..please lets help and love one another  and FEED each other ..  these programs are a blessing.

  • cindy

    Yes, the numbers are stagering. I will tell you it is harder buying food now, cause of the rising of food costs, even if a family is on food stamps, they don’t provide enough for you to feed your family for a month. I know of families that are on food stamps, and they go hungary for up to 2 weeks , cause they don’t have enough stamps for a month. you have a choice of paying your bills, and going hungary, or buying food, and loosing your electricity, or roof over your head, you choose?????

  • Catherine Muir

    Remember, food stamps are a program of the Dept. of Agriculture, designed not just to put food on the table of those who could otherwise not afford it, but to keep up demand for food products to shore up prices to producers. It’s a good program, with the cost to users varying according to income. They are not free and cannot be used to buy cigarettes, dog food, toilet paper, etc, only food for human consumption. Most people who ‘bag’ the program are totally ignorant about how it actually works and how great the benefit is to the US economy, especially primary producers.

  • Catherine Muir

    Growing a garden requires a lot of expensive input, not to mention the availability of land. I have a garden and I figure that each tomato costs me about $98 to produce, calculating the cost of the timber to make the raised beds, the plants, fertilizer, pest control, water, compost, etc. Don’t throw such a simplistic solution at such a complex problem! You sound like a TeaBagger.

  • Anonymous

     Are you crazy?  who ever said you needed to make expensive raised beds and fill them with store bought compost? Some people live in areas where the only thing they could grow would be in big flowerpots but that’s not the case for most people.  People in the country can raise a wonderful garden with the ground they already have that their parents used to grow gardens in.  Those who do not have the best of ground can use some of the old tires they have laying about to make a raised garden among many other containers that can be used.  5 gal buckets can be free from anyone who does drywall, uses hyd. oil, they’re laying all over the place. $98 , who do you think you are fooling.  One well tended tomato plant will yield 50 tomatoes.  I know what I’m talking about. Some people still grow gardens, but very few are on food stamps.  The first time you build your space to grow a garden it might put you out a few bucks, but after that it’s almost nothing.  NO one should expect someone else to do for them what they can do for themselves.

  • Anonymous

     Funny, but here in KY A woman gets foodstamps for her and her kids, then invites a man to come live with them and manages to feed him too

  • wanda

    WOW that is a high dollar tomato you grew hope you won a prize for it. You can get veggie seed with food stamps, However i do grow a garden a big one at that , an it doesnt cost that much, I also sell to the farmers market, I do no some cant grow gardens for many different reasons, an some just wont do it, I, OFFER FREE produce here this summer an many wouldnt take it unless i pick it for them, YOU dont have to have a big space to grow veggies, nor do you need raise beds,  We can quarts of corn an green beens tomatoe juice for under .50 a quart, BUT why do it ,

  • Anonymous

     I could go for that.  So when you start paying yours back let us know and I’ll talk to my kids about it.  Actually, tax payers don’t owe it to anyone to give them foodstamps while they pursue higher education.  I have already expressed my opinion on that matter before.  But at least they are working and paying their own way now.

  • Anonymous

     OK, your world may be different than mine.  but here in KY we have lots of land.  Many of the people on foodstamps here are living on the same farms their parents used to farm but nothing is going on now except game chickens, pleasure horses, 4 wheeler paths, Junk and garbage strewn about.  Funny to me, the same people who say they can’t afford good food are eating at mickydees on a regular basis.  You can get two can’s of veggies for the price of one fries. They all have big screen TVs and multiple cars. 

  • Anonymous

     It wasn’t susanlou who grew that expensive tomato.  it was another person I was responding to.

  • Sheila

    Did anyone watch the video?? Fraud amounts to less than 1% of FS users. The people they profiled have and do work…do you really think they want to be in this position?? Especially the two single parents…where is the support from the other parent. That is an issue we hardly ever address.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NVGDDKZRRBPW5G2G6MIRAFIRZI Kate

    We all sympthize with the elderly on Food Stamps and people who are out of work through no fault of their own. The person in this feature that I have absolutely NO sympathy for is Brittany Bailey, the Food Stamps employee who makes $19,000, lives in government-subsidized housing and has two children and no husband. First, she is barely literate and has no business working in such an agency. Ignorant, incompetent employees are part of the problem. And where are the fathers of these two children? Why aren’t they paying child support? Why should the taxpayers have to pay because this Welfare Queen is too stupid to practice birth control? Or if that is too much to ask, and in the case of people like Brittany Bailey, obviously it is, she could at least choose men who are able to take care of the children they father! 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NVGDDKZRRBPW5G2G6MIRAFIRZI Kate

    The deadbeat single mother who allegedly “works” (and all you have to do is listen to her speak to judge just how much “work” she does) for the Food Stamp program makes $19,000 a year, not $1,900 per month. What I’d like to know is where are the fathers of those two children? Why aren’t they supporting the children they fathered? And why is this Welfare Queen having children she cannot afford to feed? 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NVGDDKZRRBPW5G2G6MIRAFIRZI Kate

    I agree. And did you see that box of “Texas Toast” on Brittany Bailey’s kitchen counter? She’s the barely literate single mother Welfare Queen who draws $19,000 from an alleged job, has two children their fathers do not support, lives in government-subsidized housing and gets Food Stamps.

    Kate Pollack: We as taxpayers have every right to look into the shopping carts of people paying for their groceries with Food Stamps to see what OUR money is buying! And YES, they should remember to take their birth control. Why should the taxpayers have to pay for their mistakes? When a woman who has no means of supporting a child produces a child, ONE child is ONE TOO MANY!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sheri-McMahon/100000296589405 Sheri McMahon

    Makes sense—-not. Let’s see, when I shopped for my friend who had terminal breast cancer. Or when I was on food stamps (yes, working full time) and my wallet was stolen. Gardens. . . did that. Not a huge return (maybe no return?) after paying for the water bill, the rake, the hoe, the squirrels who stole the corn on the cob. I lived in public housing and did have a yard, but the soil was poor–when the units were built they used fill that had bits of concrete and whatever, and not much soil on top. And the housing authority mgr yelled at me for planting too many flowers outside! I got a lot of mileage out of the stamps because I knew how to cook from scratch, but a lot of people have never been taught that. People who are not disabled or excused for medical reasons (such as the time I spent caring for my terminally ill spouse) are REQUIRED to participate in job search activities 25 hours a week. Considering how much unfairness there is in the world, it’s unreal how some people carp about the possibility that some people might get some free meals. Sheesh. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sheri-McMahon/100000296589405 Sheri McMahon

    Makes sense—-not. Let’s see, when I shopped for my friend who had terminal breast cancer. Or when I was on food stamps (yes, working full time) and my wallet was stolen. Gardens. . . did that. Not a huge return (maybe no return?) after paying for the water bill, the rake, the hoe, the squirrels who stole the corn on the cob. I lived in public housing and did have a yard, but the soil was poor–when the units were built they used fill that had bits of concrete and whatever, and not much soil on top. And the housing authority mgr yelled at me for planting too many flowers outside! I got a lot of mileage out of the stamps because I knew how to cook from scratch, but a lot of people have never been taught that. People who are not disabled or excused for medical reasons (such as the time I spent caring for my terminally ill spouse) are REQUIRED to participate in job search activities 25 hours a week. Considering how much unfairness there is in the world, it’s unreal how some people carp about the possibility that some people might get some free meals. Sheesh. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sheri-McMahon/100000296589405 Sheri McMahon

    And it’s your responsibility to be careful who you give it to. . . and to report lost/stolen card. Food pantry rules vary depending on who is running the food pantry. A disability organization I volunteered for provided food baskets for people belonging to the organization but we also could not reject anyone else who showed up. When we were doing that we had to track the # of food baskets for the non-profit that provided the food but we did not have to keep individual names. Other organizations require SSN and ID. It varies. Baking companies here donate surplus bread to a variety of organizations where anyone can grab all they want. As for wages, I now make quite a bit over minimum wage, but get no 401k contributions from my employer (and my contributions would reduce my social security wages, reducing any retirement benefits), my health insurance is $2400/yr for me alone with a high deductible (Obama didn’t do that!), and a 3-day hospitalization left me with a $1700 bill beyond the deductible. At min wage in 1972 I could work an hour and buy 4 gal gasoline. Now I can buy 3 gal. 

  • none of your business

    Newt you could care less about anyone take a look at your own life!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We are a poor country and as long as the republicans run it we will stay that way!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Rainbowreef7

    Thank you President Bush for putting us in a recession and starving your country and taking money you dont need,  buy the way what did you have for supper and how many meals have you missed and how many soup kitchens have you helped????????????????  Your a jackass who used up everything we had and then left the country with nothing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Gogopod

    First, let me just say that Newt Gingrich says, “work” is good, well that is just fine and dandy when there is ample work available to the American people. Unfortunately, many jobs have been outsourced to other countries so our people over here in the “land of the free” have less employment available to them and may need to resort to help from the government. Second, if corporations and companies weren’t so greedy and hungry for unrealistic profits then maybe there would enough jobs to accommodate those people who aren’t currently employed. Now, I am aware that there are freeloaders out in the world, but do you think it is a coincidence that there once was an abundance of jobs and now there aren’t enough to occupy every person of working age in the United States, and you may think there is no correlation? Think twice. I am very lucky to avoid experiencing an abscence of food in my life, and I sympathize with the people who have no other choice. It is called compassion for humankind. Some people have no choice how they were raised and live and only know what they are taught from birth. I believe in helping ones that are less fortunate and if they abuse the system, well, what goes around comes around. Karma to those. The lesson is, be nice to your fellow humankind because it is the right thing to do and also try not to judge. You may be the one with the foodstamps in the line at the grocery store one day.

  • Gogopod

    Gardens can only grow in certain climate. What about winter? What about the size of a persons yard, or if they even have a yard? It takes $$ to keep up a garden. I agree gardens are awesome, but some people may not have the resources to start and maintain one.

  • http://twitter.com/Ed_Advocate Kevin Andrews

     Wow, Kate! So you would take this woman’s job and her food support away? What then? Should she abandon her children? Live on the streets? Thank God you are not running for President!

  • darlabelle

    Our family’s insurance was over $6,000 a year  – $7,2000 to be exact – when Bush was president.  Add our out of pocket expenses and health care was and continues to be our most expensive budget item. I didn’t blame Bush any more than I think you should blame Obama.  Our health care system is a big mess. The reforms made under Obama are not perfect but they’re a start.  Hopefully, Americans will realize we need a true overhaul.

  • Wood

    I don’t understand the choices these people are making, the first guy with his kid WHY would he even WASTE gas and TIME (when he would be looking for work) driving his kid to school and sitting there for 8 hours, WHY ISNT HIS CHILD ON THE BUS THAT WE TAX PAYERS ARE PAYING FOR?

    The second couple shes on disability (but she’s able to work for church), they are also collecting food stamps AND they get a free house to live in from church AND he works. Its only them too to support. Boy they could have picked a more convincing people for this story. They seem to be abusing the system.

    And the last family seriously?? She buys all named brand food we dont even buy (and we are not on ANY assistance) “texas toast” “cherrioes” instead of oaty oh’s named brand baby lotion and poweder and her duvet?? I saw that for $200 at bed bath and beyond last night!!!! No joke.
    And Western union takes food stamps!This to me is all common sense!!!!! 

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/4JIRBCIPUXUJZQIII6BSUACTEI Lee

    I sympathize with the elderly and those who become ill or unemployed through no fault of their own. But people like Brittany Bailey — the Food Stamp employee who is herself receiving Food Stamps — is what is wrong with the system. This woman has not one but two children born out of wedlock, she allegedly works, lives in public housing and gets Food Stamps. Where are the fathers of those two children? Instead of the taxpayers subsidizing her irresponsible lifestyle, she should go on the Maury Povitch Show, try to figure out who the fathers are and make them pay for the children they created!

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/4JIRBCIPUXUJZQIII6BSUACTEI Lee

    I wondered about that, too. Isn’t there a law that the county must provide bus service for children who do not live within walking distance of school?

    You’re also right about the second couple. If a person is able to do volunteer work, why are they on disability?

  • Anonymous

     I agree, some can’t, some aren’t able, some don’t have a place to store the food if they grew enough to last.  My point is, some people will not do anything to help themselves where they can when they can. 

  • Joslyn Moses

    Basic mathematics, What is basic mathematics for the rich in your country it is $$$$$$ and people do not matter unless they can take someting from them. This is the america your country has become…a bully nation….$$$$$ means more than human life..your fellow country men and women are all self centered…which leaves many, many, many alone so, sad most are the throw away children and the old ones… I personal have raised one family from birth to adulthood and now am on my second family our daughter is 11 yers old and my companion works just as hard as i do, we are a small family but have many many strenghts, this is her second family also we meet after 25 years apart.. you see we knew each other while in our teens and drifted apart to raise our own families, now we are together after all this time…I often ask her did you ever think we would be together after all this time. Our children from our first families traet each other with great honor and respect and we help each of our children as one.have a nice kind friendly day. We always empree upon our children to be kind, nice and  friendly at all times no matter what bye joslyn

  • Joslyn Moses

    It is named zoning, some places do not allow gardens, farm animals, just cars and pavement for factories

  • Anonymous

     I understand that.  But the ones who can will not do anything to help themselves.

  • Waterswheel

    Did you watch the video? Brittany Bailey  works for the state, earns 19,000 a year, that’s $365 per week gross.

    There was no mention anywhere that she lived in public housing or any statement about here housing situation.
    No mention was made of the number of fathers or whether or not she had her children out of wedlock. All that was said is that she is a single mother. There are many reasons that could have caused here to be in that situation. 
    Do you have any sources other than your assumptions to back up the claims you have made against this woman? 

  • Waterswheel

    She volunteers at her church. She may only do so for a few hours a week and the work she does may be light, she also does not have to go in is she’s have a bad day due to her disabity- which is hardly the same as working. I

    Many people on disability volunteer for many reasons, not the least of which is to stay connected to humanity and to continue to contribute to society. 

  • Waterswheel

    Perhaps the brand names were on sale or she bought them at a discount grocer.
    The duvet could have been bought second hand or been given as gift.   
    Western union takes food stamps???? What is your source of information? 

  • Waterswheel

    He is looking for work.  They said there were times when he didn’t have enough gas money to drive back and forth to pick up his son,not every day.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NVGDDKZRRBPW5G2G6MIRAFIRZI Kate

    To Waterswheel: If YOU will watch the video, you will see that as her interview is starting, it shows the building where she lives — government-subsidized housing!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NVGDDKZRRBPW5G2G6MIRAFIRZI Kate

    To Waterswheel: If YOU will watch the video, you will see that as her interview is starting, it shows the building where she lives — government-subsidized housing!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NVGDDKZRRBPW5G2G6MIRAFIRZI Kate

    Obviously, that “college” you attended did not teach English grammar! If you are going to be dishonest, at least tell a fib that is believable. You are no more a college graduate than my cat!

  • Waterswheel

    To Kate, watch video closely, the building you are referring to is a retirement center that the seniors who were interviewed were living in, not Ms Bailey’s home.

  • Shapstah

    The greed of the wealthiest Americans is sickening. From starving families, no health cover to poor education, homeless people waiting in line for soup. You should be ashamed of yourselves, pay more tax and stop being greedy. Help your fellow American and stop the obsession with having it all.

  • Nikiminajatwa

     Or maybe people on welfare could get off their butts and get a job.

  • John

    Americans go nuts over welfare, yet will end up paying $1 trillion to support the wounded from insane wars for life..

  • JD Straw

    Amen, brother!

  • JD Straw

    Regarding your last sentence:  “You may be the one with the food stamps in the line at the grocery store one day.” I wish you were a prophet, because I wish to God that I could get food stamps. It would certainly help me, because I was laid off three years ago, couldn’t find another job (“too old which is discrimination) so I finally went ahead and applied for my social security, and in spite of having 1/3 of my income that I brought home while I was employed, my current retirement income is a couple of dollars “TOO MUCH”  for me to qualify for any kind of services. Anyone earning $19,000.00 annually, this is not much, but it’s more than a lot of people have as income and this with no kind of help. I wish I COULD get food stamps, rental assistance, free utilities, and anything else they would give me. I’ve been paying taxes for over FIFTY years and in my entire life, was never given any kind of “free lunch”. 

    This is a cock-eyed country—outsourcing our jobs, importing most of our goods from other countries but never exporting anything because we no longer have anything to export, funding wars all over the world, taking care of deadbeats, illegal aliens, and people in foreign countries ahead of its own hard-working, tax-paying citizens. Last, but not least: THE NEVER EVER BEFORE, HIGHEST OF ANY OTHER TIME IN THE HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES—OUR OUT OF CONTROL FIFTEEN TRILLION DOLLAR and climbing, DEFICIT!

  • Emmebk

    How many adoptions will come from this economic depression?  If you can’t afford the electricity or natural gas to cook food, look at what a food stamp user can buy. Read the labels and think about the cost of future health problems for this segment of the population. 

  • John

    Each horror story of life in the USA gives people one more reason to pack up and migrate. The American dream is gone, history. Only a patriotic idiot would stay and wave the flag made in China.

  • irishblk

    GUESS WHO ELSE IS RECEIVING FOOD STAMPS!!!!!!! THE VERY MEN AND WOMEN WE SEND TO FIGHT THE WARS THAT ARE NOT EVEN IN OUR COUNTRY. ASK AROUND AND FIND OUT HOW MUCH THEY ARE PAID TO BE IN THE SERVICE. EVEN WITH HOUSING AND MEDICAL BENEFITS THE ECONOMY IS NO DIFFERENT FOR THEM.

  • irishblk

    GUESS WHO ELSE IS RECEIVING FOOD STAMPS!!!!!!! THE VERY MEN AND WOMEN WE SEND TO FIGHT THE WARS THAT ARE NOT EVEN IN OUR COUNTRY. ASK AROUND AND FIND OUT HOW MUCH THEY ARE PAID TO BE IN THE SERVICE. EVEN WITH HOUSING AND MEDICAL BENEFITS THE ECONOMY IS NO DIFFERENT FOR THEM.

  • irishblk

    GUESS WHO ELSE IS RECEIVING FOOD STAMPS!!!!!!! THE VERY MEN AND WOMEN WE SEND TO FIGHT THE WARS THAT ARE NOT EVEN IN OUR COUNTRY. ASK AROUND AND FIND OUT HOW MUCH THEY ARE PAID TO BE IN THE SERVICE. EVEN WITH HOUSING AND MEDICAL BENEFITS THE ECONOMY IS NO DIFFERENT FOR THEM.

  • Irishblk47

    when is  your flight leaving ?

  • Irishblk47

    when is  your flight leaving ?

  • Irishblk47

    YES WORK IS GOOD- VERY GOOD IF YOU ARE PAID ENOUGH TO SUPPORT YOURSELF OR FAMILY. EVEN BETTER IS A JOB WITH MEDICAL BENEFITS YOU CAN AFFORD. YES I KNOW THIS IS THE NEW AMERICAN DREAM. TO NOT BE UNEMPLOYED FOR LONG PERIODS OF TIME WHILE YOU ARE TRYING TO RAISE YOUR FAMILY.  TO BE ABLE TO KEEP YOUR CHILDREN IN THE SAME SCHOOL DISTRICT SO MAYBE THEY CAN GRADUATE FROM HIGH SCHOOL. EVEN IF THEY DON’T GET TO OWN THEIR OWN HOME BUT ARE AT  LEAST ABLE TO GET SOME COLLEGE EDUCATION AND NOT JOIN IN THE DOWNWARD SPIRAL OF THE ECONOMY 

  • John

    I and 100,000 Americans have packed up and moved to Australia. Look up the number of Americans who have migrated to other nations.

  • Debbyb50

    This is just even more proof of the ignorance that exists among the folks who have been lucky enough to not be faced with tragedy and disability in their lives. I was widowed, NOT because my husband was shot in some street brawl, but because he had melanoma. Two months later, our daughter was diagnosed with autism and other conditions – NOT because I was some crack Mom. My life completely changed. Have I helped myself to try to get by without working outside of the home? You BET I have. We received food stamps for a period when Social Security goofed up on the Survivor Benefits and we were at half income for four months. Once the benefit resumed, I called immediately and reported it to my local DSS. We were told that we were approved for six more months (?). This was after verifying that statement five times..
    Now, two years later, DSS is garnishing our Social Security Survivor Benefits $170 because they realized they had made a mistake. They had ‘coded’ my daughter in their system as ‘retired’ instead of ‘retardation’ – and this is for 20 months. Mind you, the benefits we receive exclude us from any ‘handouts’/ assistance with anything related to government. Our income is less than $25, 000 per year.

    There are situations, dear Newt, where people are in unique situations – and they/we are struggling every single month to survive. PLEASE remember this when you think we’re just being lazy….

    Love,
    Me

  • Bob

    Test.

  • Tghedges

    lee,You need to relax  and stop assuming things about others. Are you so perfect that mistakes and/or poor judgment has never caused hardship in your life. Do you know her as being irresponsible or are you just a person filled with angst towards others. How would you react to your children being hungry? I am sorry, I am sure you would work 4 jobsand spend no time with your kids. Stop judging and start finding solutions!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=901325082 Joleen Millar

    What does it matter how she had her children? what does it matter that they were “born out of wedlock”??? you have no right to judge anyone, and clearly yes, it is hard to say that everyone that is on assistance is trying to better their lives, but it’s none of your business. Her kids could be younger, they may not be in full time school, she might not be able to find work that goes well with her child care schedule. There are so many things that you dont know about and have no right to concern yourself with. The point of this story is that people that are working full time still need help, life is expensive and people like you will never treat others as equals because of your assumptions. its sickening, and i truly hope that you never need the smallest of financial help, and if you do so i hope people treat you the way you treat them! 

  • Fwlawrence

    What was it? $367 a month for the faather and son? I am an adult male and I spend $120 on food. Why is he running out of money at the end of the month?

  • Bookworm

    Cindy then no offense but that is their problem.  There are ways to stretch a dollar, as much as I hate Wal-Mart we grocery shop there for the majority of groceries since they accept coupons (and large amounts of them), as well as the price match.  We are currently on the FS program ever since my husband lost his job and hasn’t been able to find a new job.  We get right at $500/month for our family, We usually have a bit left over at the end of the month, and we buy stuff we would like but not always have, like organic coconut ice cream, or organic veggies and fruits, as well as some fresh seafood.

    The key is coupons and price matching.  Anyone can do it if they have a bit of time and patience and it really does pay off in the end.

    Just this week, I bought over $600 worth of groceries for a little over $250, those staples(wheat pasta, rice, beans, canned and frozen veggies and meat) will last us all month, and we will only need to buy milk and veggies/fruits and bread for the rest of the month.

  • Anonymous

    It’s about choices. But trust me, if I can stretch a 12 lb. ham, a 3 lb bag of beans, 3 lb. bag of rice, 2 cabbages, 3 lbs fresh bananas, 5 lbs apples, 2 lbs. each fresh tomatoes and peaches, 2 loaves of bread, 8 quarters of butter, 24 eggs, 12 cans/tuna, 3 lbs. hamburger, a 5 lb. bag of potatoes, 10 boxes pasta, 5 cans Hunt’s pasta sauce, 4 bags fresh salad mix, 4 cucumbers, 2 lbs. celery, 3 gallons of milk, plus various bags frozen veggies for a month for about $120–anyone can do it. You won’t go hungry and you can eat well and healthy, too.

  • Anonymous

    Pay back…what? I don’t have kids or son-in-laws supposedly abusing “the system”? as YOU angrily claimed. I am college educated, professional, working to pay into a 30+% tax bracket, which I support. I just want to know my tax dollars, like you, are spent wisely. I agree with you. No beef. I also do not mind helping those in need, who truly deserve it. That’s all. No personal attack meant. Relax :) Sh*t we are all so uptight these days. But quite understandable. Peace!

  • Tuxedo1234

    I am happy that some of my tax money is used to help people who don’t make enough money to feed themselves. 

  • Kctt

    Then your daughter didn’t report her “husband” on foodstamps?? She must of told DSS that they were seperated, because he WOULD of had to of been on her foodstamp case, because they do not count student loans or grants as “income”.. and ANY adult living in the household must be reported as well as gross income.. so your daughter susanlou, was doing some fraudulant sh*t. Face the facts.. give me her name and her whereabouts where she committed the fraud.. I will be more than happy to check up on her fraudster ways.. ;) 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Susan-Wallace-Mckinney/1306732571 Susan Wallace Mckinney

     You are wrong.  They(food stamp office) knew about him, he was in medical school full time, Because no one was employed at the time they did not draw stamps for him. or put it this way, there were 4 in the family and they drew food stamps on 3.  Crazy rule.  They did not count student loans as income, but at least one of them had to be employed to get the full allotment.  No lying or fraud.

  • Mandy B

    Finally someone that I can relate to. I don’t even have a boyfriend. I’m forced to live with Mom.

  • Mandy B

    I feel for you. I know too many in the same situation.

  • Mandy B

     I feel you. Whole grains. Low cost meats. Using low or no sodium (makes foods less addictive. processed food is MORE addictive). Staple foods should be foods that naturally are the most filling (beans, greens, whole grain rice, bread). I take a calculator with me when I go grocery shopping. Being on a restricted diet you will eat less anyway, so you will spend less on food. I could just be talking about myself though lol.

    CONGRATS on the new baby :-)

  • Mandy B

    I’m right there with you, Kate Pollack!

  • Mandy B

    I TOTALLY agree with you. I know people personally with that problem. I know someone for example, who has 6 kids and get the maximum amount of stamps, yet they still never have enough food to last the whole month. EVERY time I go over their house, ALL there is is JUNKFOOD. It’s junk food heaven. Recently I have became a recipient of foodstamps due to being laid off. I am vegan. Before going vegan, I used to complain that organic and whole foods are expensive. After becoming a vegan, I learned that it’s actually LESS expensive, especially because you will naturally eat less. It’s not processed or drenched in salt and sugar, so it’s less addictive and it’s more filling. I budget myself and carry a calculator when going to the farmers market. Buying fruits and veggies from local farmers are WAY cheaper than the grocery store. I always start with staple foods, whole grains (cheaper at the farmers market), legumes, coconut milk, seasonings, fresh veggies, etc. If processed foods/junk foods were eliminated, people would NOT go hungry, would eat less, and ultimately use less food stamps.

    I could go on for days about this.

  • Mandy B

     I totally agree. Well said!

  • John

    The min wage in Australia is $15 a hour. Ask why Americans get so low wages?

  • kjd

    I am so sick of people putting down people on food stamps. My boyfriend works full time with as much overtime as possible. If I were to get a job which by the way is nearly impossible I would have to pay a babysitter most of the money I made so what would be the point. And for the people who say well you have tattoos, yes I do but a friend of mine did them for free. And when I was single and working I still could not afford food and a place to live. So stop judging people until you know the whole story.

  • average joe

    Yes stay on food stamps and you will never get enough motivation to get a higher paying job and better yourself otherwise you would get bumped off the program. Mostly cause the higher paying jobs aren’t that much higher when compared to the qualified wage and grocery money usually accompanied by free medical. Most of the time there is a second income anyway provided by boyfriend or husband. What these people don’t understand is that they are keeping wages low. Is why jobs don’t pay and try to keep it no med benefits

  • Geor1772

    Did you o to college? Did you have childeren out of wedlock at a young age? Did you procreate with a miscreant?  Did you do try everythjing to try to better yourself? Give me the answers to these questions and I will have empathy for you and your family!!!

  • Geor1772

    Who cares that you went to college! Did you get your degree in a field that is growing?I have two Masters degrees in education and I hustle on my second job and make well above 6 figures!

  • http://twitter.com/freedom9to5 Chelsea Butler

    I believe some people really do need food stamps. I also believe that people abuse the system. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/James-Hendrixs/100002534475868 James Hendrixs

    If we were anywhere near full employment the GOP argument might have a shred of legitimacy, but with millions out of work what would the Republicans expect these Americans to eat?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/James-Hendrixs/100002534475868 James Hendrixs

    Single males usually have nothing but beer and an empty ketchup bottle in the fridge. OBTW, no toilet paper because beer costs so much!

  • socconsc

    @b49dc5ba0995718827ab7655037b3f43:disqus Seriously procreate with a miscreant…no wonder you don’t understand the plight of people who need help. Because you went to college, because you most likely feel you have bettered yourself maybe you should use some of the skills you have developed to assist those in need rather than standing in judgement and criticizing them. 

  • Anonymous

    So what if her children were born out of wedlock. The food stamps provide nutrition for those children who have no responsibility in the matter.
    Is it possible to think beyond the mother and her choices to those kids?
    I love the “she allegedly works, etc” Allegedly? Meaning, no substantial proof to support your comment.

  • Ilonao51

    I want to first say that this is what is going on with my daughter and her son. She works for the local school district in the school kitchens. They pay an hourly wage for the 9 months the school is in session, then average that out over the course of 12 months so that she has a check throughout the summer. Looks good but when you factor the numbers,,,,

    She is at $9.00 per hour. Sounds okay right well when you figure that out times 9 months divided by 12 it is not that great. Roughly $6.80 per hour. 

    My point is that my daughter still qualifies for food stamps and she works for the school district where the superintendent makes over $350.000.00 per year. This is terrible. Then we have people like Gingrich that say people need to work… Well how about a real living wage. Yes she has 3 months that she is getting her money and not working but remember that is her money. Like the school system has a savings plan for her. I think its a way for them to not have to pay unemployment to their employees when there is no school. I really think this is awful and such an embarrassment of wages in this country.

  • No Obama

    I worked at Burger King making $7 an hour and my husband only made $8 working construction plus we had two kids and we made it.He worked two jobs to pull in $400 a week and we did it without any help. Most people on food stamps are not working nor are they trying to work and that is what’s wrong with the program.They run around bragging about not having to work and will gladly say they don’t want to.Why should they if they are getting everything free and in the meantime while they aren’t working they are having more kids that they can not and do not want to support.So why is it my husband and I should bust our butts to support our family and others get to sit around all day collecting Government assistance that is coming out of the working mans pocket.Some people are just ignorant.The amount of people on food stamps is growing every day leaving fewer people who are actually working paying taxes to support the ones who don’t want to work.How long do you think America is going to last.Where do you think this money is gonna come from when that # outweighs the working. Not the Government that’s for sure.People look at it as free money but nothing in life is free. Obama is not for you or America.He could care less. Quite voting for someone because he is giving out free food and money which doesn’t come from his pocket it comes from hard workers who are struggling to support themselves.Look into that person before you vote for them because if you did you would see who Obama is and the only reason he has been giving out more Government assistance is because he needs your votes and he knows that that is what you focus on as long as people like you are getting something for free your not looking at the big picture.Obama is the worst choice for America and if he is voted in you are going to eat your words because a lot of people are going to go hungry and it’s going to start with the poor and please quite hating on the rich you wouldn’t be doing it if you were one of them. They shouldn’t have to pay no more taxes than we do. If less people were collecting government assistance than we wouldn’t be in the mess we are instead people who don’t want to work are taking away from our Military and schools.Obama had no problem cutting their pay or funding but he gave more to people who don’t want to work.

  • NO Obama

    Couldn’t have said it better myself. I have to budget and can’t afford to buy any snacks or sodas but every time I see someone using a food stamp card their buggy is slap full of junk food and sodas and frozen crap.Cook your kids a meal and quite feeding them junk.

  • No Obama

    I agree but Obama isn’t helping anything either. Giving out more Government assistance to people who refuse to work is not the answer.My family struggles to make it every week and because we work we can’t get any help and the more overtime we work the more money we get taken from us.The working class people are going to give up eventually.Why should we bust our asses to barley get by while people on foodstamps and Government housing are living better then us. They drive nice cars.Wear nice clothes and jewelry but can’t afford to pay for food. Their are to many programs out their for people who don’t want to work and they even offer them a free education of course not many foodstamp users our taking them up on that free offer because it takes some work on their part but their are not any programs for people who are working unless you make min wage and aren’t married

  • No Obama

    I don’t know what world you live in but no that is not who the majority is. Go take a ride to Government housing and tell me what you see because it is not the people you just described.Matter of fact I know an old lady who has worked all her life her husband just passed away she has never gotten help before but had to apply for foodstamps and they gave her $20 a month. They do not help working people most who get the benifits are people who don’t want to work. You need to do your homework before speaking.Some people who do get help are going through hard times and just need some help but most are just lazy and want to keep having kids when they don’t work because it’s not coming out of their pockets

  • george

    813 231 8700 , 812 822 1600 812 332 0820 you get free food stamp now tell every one you know call any time of the day or night leave a meeeage too you need help now and do not want to die good

  • george

    812 for all code

  • Obamasucksit

    Gee maybe you should be blaming the actual ass clown who is president NOT a private citizen who briefly ran for office..Obama the welfare king…hey he never works why should anyone else!

  • Ifyouvotedobamausuck

    You are a typical stupid obamabot psyco