“The Coming Food Stamp Cut Will Hit 900,000 Veterans”


By Bryce Covert


Benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), otherwise known as food stamps, will automatically drop come Friday thanks to the loss of additional funds from the 2009 stimulus bill. That cut will hitabout 900,000 of the country’s veterans, according to an analysis by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

“Nationwide, in any given month, a total of 900,000 veterans nationwide lived in households that relied on SNAP to provide food for their families in 2011,” CBPP writes. The number varies state to state, with over 100,000 veterans in households that rely on the benefits in Florida and Texas each.

The coming cut will range from $36 a month for a family of four to $11 a month for a single person. Food stamps will average less than $1.40 per person per meal next year with the cut. Benefits were already sparse, at just $133 a month on average.



“Many fast-food workers living in poverty, analysis finds”


By Allison Linn, CNBC Digital

David Ryder / Reuters Joelle Craft, center, holds a sign during a rally and strike aimed at the fast-food industry and the minimum wage in Seattle.

David Ryder / Reuters
Joelle Craft, center, holds a sign during a rally and strike aimed at the fast-food industry and the minimum wage in Seattle.

Every time you go to a fast-food restaurant, you have a 1 in 5 chance of being served by a worker who’s living in poverty.

A substantial number of workers who serve up your fast food aren’t making enough to get by, and are instead living in poverty or relying on government programs such as food stamps, a new report finds.

On average, 20 percent of front-line fast-food workers were living in households with incomes below the poverty line over the years that the researchers studied. That compares to just 5 percent of workers as a whole, according to the report released Tuesday by the UC Berkeley Center for Labor Research and Education and the University of Illinois’s Department of Urban and Regional Planning,

The report also found that, on average, 24 percent of households that included a nonmanagerial fast-food worker were relying on food stamps — now known as SNAP — during the years they studied.

In addition, 19 percent lived in a household in which an adult relied on Medicaid, and 18 percent were in a household in which a child was on Medicaid or an equivalent program.



“House GOP votes to cut $39 billion from food stamp program”

in plain sight

poverty in america

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US House denies Food Stamps to 47 million hungry Americans


“How Right-Wing Media Assisted Food Stamp Removal From Farm Bill”




House Republicans reportedly plan to remove food stamp funding from the federal farm bill, a move that stands to further jeopardize the survival of the critical anti-poverty program. This move comes after years of right-wing media figures demonizing food stamp recipients as lazy or dependent, with Rush Limbaugh going so far as to propose dumpster diving as an alternative.

Here’s a look back at some of the most egregious right-wing attacks on food stamps

Tennessee’s Stephen Fincher received $3.5 million in farm subsidies yet seeks to cut Food Stamps..taking food from the mouths of babies



Campaign against Food Stamps 

In May 2013, Fincher argued for large cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as the Food Stamp program, while also advocating an increase in agricultural subsidies. Fincher, who owns a farm, has received over $3.5 million in agricultural subsidies from the federal government. Critics accused Fincher of hypocrisy.[26][27][28]


“House Committee OKs massive cuts to food stamps in farm bill”


By Ned Resnikoff

The Republican-controlled House Agriculture Committee on Thursday approved a version of the 2013 farm bill that cuts more than $20 billion in funding for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) over 10 years.

A handful of House Democrats have vowed to oppose the legislation until some of the SNAP funding is restored, as George Zornick reported in The Nation.

“The $20.5 billion cut in SNAP is a poison pill,” said Rep. Jim McGovern, D-Mass., at a Thursday press conference. “It means that we shouldn’t be supporting the farm bill.”

Farm bills are sprawling pieces of legislation that regulate, fund, and subsidize a variety of  programs related to farming, agriculture, and food production. In addition to cutting food stamps, this particular bill would cut a certain kind of farming subsidy call direct payments. The bill is expected to reach the House floor for a full vote in June.



Fox & Friends: The Poor Don’t Want to Work ‘Cause They Think Food Stamps are Cool! 1


Fox News Producer Yells Warning About Food Stamp Question



Fox & Friends: The Poor Don’t Want to Work ‘Cause They Think Food Stamps are Cool!