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Federal Issues
Food Stamps

Food Stamps Cost & Recipients (billions of $/millions of people)
FY2013 $79.9 47.6
FY2012 $78.4 46.6
FY2011 $75.7 44.7
FY2010 $68.3 40.3
FY2009 $53.6 33.5
FY2008 $37.6 28.2
FY2007 $33.2 26.3
FY2006 $32.9 26.5
FY2005 $31.1 25.6
FY2004 $27.1 23.8
FY2003 $23.8 21.3
FY2002 $20.6 19.1
FY2001 $17.8 17.3
FY2000 $17.1 17.2
FY1999 $17.8 18.2
FY1998 $19.0 19.8
FY1997 $21.5 22.9
FY1996 $24.3 25.5
http://www.cbo.gov/publication/43173
http://www.fns.usda.gov/pd/snapsummary.htm
http://www.fns.usda.gov/pd/snapmain.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Supplem...stance_Program

SNAPS Improper Payment Rates http://www.paymentaccuracy.gov/progr...stance-program

HELP END FRAUD: Report Food Stamp Fraud http://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/fraud/fraud_4.htm

Food Stamp Fraud http://www.fns.usda.gov/fraud/what-snap-fraud

04-17-2014 House Republicans press Sebelius on food stamp ‘misuse’ by states http://thehill.com/blogs/on-the-mone...suse-by-states

11-03-2013 Food Stamp Fraud: Beneficiaries Illegally Sell EBT Cards On Craigslist, Social Media Sites http://cbsloc.al/1b70Y1x

09-16-2013 Undocumented Los Angeles County Parents On Pace To Receive $650M In Welfare Benefits http://cbsloc.al/153OHHr

09-16-2013 House GOP moves forward with $40 billion cut to food stamps http://bit.ly/169KUaE

09-16-2013 House will vote on drug testing for food stamp users http://bit.ly/18qiIBk

08-22-2013 Retailers Banned for Food Stamp Trafficking Redeemed $65.3 Million from the Program http://shar.es/zqpHl

New York food stamp recipients are shipping welfare-funded groceries
to relatives in Jamaica, Dominican Republic, Haiti http://nyp.st/15WbszW

U.S. Gives 1/3 of Puerto Rico Food Stamps
http://www.judicialwatch.org/blog/20...o-food-stamps/

House Agriculture Committee Farm Bill Would Cut Nearly 2 Million People off SNAP http://www.cbpp.org/cms/index.cfm?fa=view&id=3965

Judicial Watch Uncovers USDA Records Sponsoring U.S. Food Stamp Program for Illegal Aliens http://www.judicialwatch.org/press-r...llegal-aliens/

USDA/Mexico Spanish-language flyer: Get kids on food stamps without showing documents http://dailycaller.com/2013/04/25/us...ing-documents/

FOOD STAMP GRAPH http://bit.ly/gaV7U0

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Supplem...stance_Program
http://budget.senate.gov/republican/...0-9b802fcae8de
http://bit.ly/eAytko

Food Stamp Eligibility http://1.usa.gov/1eUPWCo
Food Stamp eligibility is based on net monthly income, not including HUD, WELFARE, EITC, child support, payments, etc.

ELIGIBILITY STANDARDS
NET MONTHLY INCOME
income from HUD, EITC, WELFARE, Child support, etc... are not included as income
plus numerous other deductions and exemptions from income http://bit.ly/lG62n7

Household Size/48 States and D.C. )NOT HAWAII OR ALASKA
1...$ 903
2...1,215
3...1,526
4...1,838
5...2,150
6...2,461
7...2,773
8...3,085
Each Additional Member +312

School Lunch Program SNAPS
FY2011 $11 billion 32 million/day

09-04-2012 Food-Stamp Use Climbs to Record, Reviving Campaign Issue http://bloom.bg/UpcUnp

Land of The Freebies, Home of the Enslaved http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mSYy3ZYOfgQ

07-19-2012 USDA partnering with Mexico to boost food stamp participation http://thedc.com/NJlBsc

06-29-2012 Food Stamp Nation holds dependency parties http://bit.ly/KIB4CU

Obama Administration Pushes Food Stamps in Latest Ad Campaign: “They Make You Look Good” http://bit.ly/LMOXlT

Food Stamp Fiasco http://on.wsj.com/L2sNt5

Food stamp fraud goes to Capital Hill http://shar.es/gRPli

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit says illegal immigrant food-stamp cuts constitutional http://yhoo.it/wGOZK8

Nearly Half of U.S. Lives in Household Receiving Government Benefit
http://on.wsj.com/qOGXy6

History of Government Benefits Programs
http://on.wsj.com/qKnsl6

Illegal Aliens Stealing from Americans......again
http://bit.ly/qXVdN6

Food. Inc. Full Movie Part 1
http://bit.ly/pgfj2F

Got Food Stamps? Get Lobster and Porterhouse Steaks!
Found in a parking lot of a grocery store in Menominee, Michigan:
http://bit.ly/npfnx2


Secretary Of Agriculture Tom Vilsack Again:
Food Stamps Helped 'Job Growth' Over Last 17 Months
http://bit.ly/oJ1Rbq

Recovery: Food Stamps Enrollment Breaks Another Record
45,753,078 Americans
http://t.co/9zV3hvV

The Food-Stamp Crime Wave -
Recipients have soared to 44 Million from 26M in 2007.
Fraud and abuse are rampant.
http://on.wsj.com/lyMARG

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
(SNAP Food Stamp Program)
http://bit.ly/m5boR5

Food Stamp Facts
http://ssa.gov/pubs/10101.html

Food subsidies cost taxpayers $79 billion in fiscal 2009
and account for about two-thirds of USDA’s budget.
The largest food subsidy programs are food stamps; the school breakfast
and lunch programs; and the women, infants, and children (WIC) program.
The federal government as a whole has about 26 food and nutrition programs
operated by six different agencies.1

The Dept. of Agriculture spent $152 billion in FY2011, $1,200 for every U.S. household;
235 subsidy programs, 98,000 workers http://bit.ly/hlIQsL http://www.fns.usda.gov/fns/

Nearly 44.6 million received food stamps in March,
up more than 11% from the same time a year ago,
http://on.wsj.com/jUbjnd
http://on.wsj.com/lb2o6d

Food Subsidies http://bit.ly/knN9eA
Food Stamps http://bit.ly/ktM0jK
monthly benefit in 2009 for a household of four was $668

Food Stamp Usage Up 11.6%
http://bit.ly/m6GxAi
Food Stamp Use, by State
http://on.wsj.com/mqLUME

44.2 million Americans Receive Food Stamps;
interactive map by state
http://on.wsj.com/l38Xz9

New Yorkers lead pack in government benefits
http://usat.ly/ekR2lz

Record number of Americans get government help
http://t.co/ihW4B5l
Medicaid: 50 million; Food stamps: 44.2 million; Unemployment 8.4 million

Food Stamps Surge in West;
Sharp Rise Since Bottom Fell Out of Region's Boom Clashes With Go-It-Alone Ethos
http://on.wsj.com/h2IwEh

States Where Food Stamp Usage Is Soaring (PHOTOS)
http://huff.to/a0jWJh
42 million Americans used food stamps in August

These Families Shop When Food Stamp Aid Arrives
http://bit.ly/d1vg1G

The Pros and Cons of Prepaid Debit Cards
http://yhoo.it/cdVMr5

41.3 million people were on food stamps as of June 2010, up 45% from June 2008.

Food Stamp Act of 1964 - August 31, 1964
Food Stamp Facts http://www.ssa.gov/pubs/10101.html#howmuch

History of Food Stamp Program
http://bit.ly/bsvLlE

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program - SNAP http://www.dhs.state.il.us/page.aspx?item=30357

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
http://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/

Your Tax Dollars At Work: Food Stamp Cards Being Used For Clothes
The DCF issues and regulates EBT (Electronic Benefit Transfer) cards, and said anyone who qualifies for cash assistance on their EBT card is allowed to use the money for whatever they want.
It's called the "Temporary Cash Assistance Program." The DCF said it provides qualifying families with children, and little to no income, a way to buy things they need.
http://bit.ly/aHIggV

More than 40 million people get food stamps,
an increase of nearly 50% during the economic downturn
The food stamps program cost, has risen 80%, to $70 billion/$1750 per person
does this mean a 4 person household gets $7,000 per year?

September 3, 2010 - For Immediate Release
JULY WELFARE COSTS FOR CHILDREN OF ILLEGAL ALIENS EXCEEDS $52 MILLION DOLLARS

LOS ANGELES COUNTY – Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich released figures from the Department of Public Social Services showing that in July 2010, $52 million in welfare benefits ($22 million CalWORKs + $30 million in Food Stamps) were issued to parents who reside in the United States illegally and collect benefits for their native-born children in Los Angeles County -- representing an increase of $3.7 million from July 2009. This amounts to approximately 23% of all CalWORKs and Food Stamp issuances in the County.

In 2009, CalWORKs and Food Stamp issuances to illegals totaled nearly $570 million. Based on the monthly figures in 2010, the total cost for the year will exceed $600 million.

“When you add this to $550 million for public safety and nearly $500 million for healthcare, the total cost for illegal immigrants to County taxpayers exceeds $1.6 billion dollars a year – not including the hundreds of millions of dollars for education,” said Antonovich.



NY Times Series
http://nyti.ms/bfVvsT

The numbers have nearly tripled in Nevada over the past two years, doubled in Florida and New York, and grown nearly 90 percent in Minnesota and Utah. In Wayne County, Mich., which includes Detroit, one of every 25 residents reports an income of only food stamps. In Yakima County, Wash., the figure is about one of every 17.

Once Stigmatized, Food Stamps Find Acceptance
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/11/us...amps.html?_r=1
Andre Bauer, criticized food stamps by saying his grandmother “told me as a small child
to quit feeding stray animals. You know why? Because they breed.”
http://nyti.ms/cN89rT

Food Stamp Price Tag Rising
http://bit.ly/auIljt

(Interactive) Food Stamp Recipients in Each County, June 2009
http://nyti.ms/a6dRGl

$23.4 billion in 2000,
$40 billion in 2008,
$57 billion in 2009
$72.5 billion in 2010

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families and food stamps -
reached $68 billion in 2009, a 32 percent increase over 2008
http://bit.ly/d7uqDn

Food stamps. Enrollment hit a record 33.2 million people in March, up 5.2 million from last year. The stimulus law boosted the size of the benefit. Average March benefit: $114 per person. http://bit.ly/8YHKgK

Food Stamps: The Never-Ending Story (2006)

The program was scaled back in the early 1980s and then expanded later in that decade and on into the early 1990s. Participation dropped off as a result of the 1996 welfare reforms but has picked up again since 2000, rising from 17.2 million participants to 25.7 million in 2005. Current program data show an average monthly benefit of $93 per person and $213 per household, costing the federal government $28.6 billion. Add $2.4 billion in administrative and other costs, and total spending on the FSP in fiscal year 2005 reached nearly $31 billion.

The first crossroads facing the FSP involves its size or, more accurately, its growth. The FSP shares with other entitlement programs the propensity to grow at rates much faster than inflation, GDP, or tax revenues. Indeed, between 2000 and 2005, food stamp spending increased 82 percent, outpacing the 49 percent growth in new participants. The growth in entitlement spending—generally seen as unsustainable—is a major contributor to the persistent federal deficit, which is why Congress passed the 2005 Deficit Reduction Act. That act provides nearly $40 billion in mandatory savings over the next five years, including $700 million from the FSP.

Advocates are worried that some 255,000 people could be removed from the program through eligibility restrictions as a result of the Deficit Reduction Act. But the savings, which represent only a fraction of overall program spending, run directly counter to efforts by state agencies to boost their food stamp participation rates. Across the nation, only 56 percent of those eligible for food stamps participated in the program in 2003. As an entitlement program, any portion of the remaining 44 percent of eligible persons can apply for and receive benefits, thus increasing spending once more. The drive to reduce entitlement spending while simultaneously expanding participation is tantamount to having two trains racing toward each other on the same track—catastrophic.

The only surefire way to reduce entitlement program spending is to eliminate the entitlement. The FSP—the next logical program to follow in the footsteps of welfare reform—should be block-granted to the states with a cap on federal spending. States would then be free to pursue a variety of implementation efforts to maximize their federal allotment. Innovation, collaboration, cost-sharing, and the identification of the most needy would lead to more-flexible and cost-efficient programs to supplement the diets of low-income families. The die was cast against entitlements such as food stamps the moment they were signed into law; serious reform is simply a matter of time.

A second crossroads concerns the effectiveness of food stamps in meeting the nutritional needs of the poor. The dilemma is that advocates of federal food programs do not want to see food stamps reduced in any way; they are thus forced into the ridiculous position of insisting that hunger is on the rise, when, according to former Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman, “The simple fact is that more people die in the United States from too much food than of too little.” Upward of 70 percent of low-income adults are overweight (many are in fact obese), and adolescents from low-income families are twice as likely to be overweight as other adolescents. Additionally, some Agriculture Department studies have shown that food stamps may actually contribute to overeating, although the evidence is mixed.

The health problems associated with being overweight or obese are well documented. Thus, every effort should be made to support nutrition education and determine the most effective ways to positively influence the diets of program participants. The FSP has stepped up nutrition education efforts since the early 1990s. More than $192 million was spent on such programs in 2003, but their effectiveness is unclear. One idea under consideration is “green stamps”—a proposal that would set aside a portion of each individual’s benefit to be used only for purchasing fruits and vegetables. Other researchers are studying the link between food insecurity (where not all members of a household have access at all times to enough food for an active, healthy lifestyle) and obesity among low-income persons. In the end, the prevalence of being overweight and on food stamps should bring greater scrutiny to the efficacy of federal food relief.

The final crossroads facing the FSP centers on continuing efforts to alter the very meaning or purpose of the program in the public’s eye. The current message was summed up nicely in a recent Wall Street Journal article quoting USDA spokeswoman Jean Daniel, “This is really a nutrition—not a welfare—program.” The subtle semantics in calling food stamps a nutrition program are aimed at removing the stigma historically associated with welfare. Although reducing individual humiliation is certainly a well-meaning endeavor, stigma is a powerful and necessary tool for a civil society. How else can we influence behavior without monetary costs or legal appeals?

http://bit.ly/9hSErP

Obama seizes control over all food, farms, livestock, farm equipment, fertilizer and food production across America http://bit.ly/GzF0UM
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