Food Stamps at Record Highs in US

The Big Picture reports that Food Stamps at Record Highs in US.

(emphasis mine) [my comment]

Food Stamps at Record Highs in US
By Barry Ritholtz - November 29th, 2009, 11:30AM

The number of food stamp recipients has climbed by about 10 million over the past two years, resulting in a program that now feeds 1 in 8 Americans and nearly 1 in 4 children. [This is a disaster waiting to happen]

Food Stamp Usage Across the Country

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Source:
Across U.S., Food Stamp Use Soars and Stigma Fades
JASON DePARLE and ROBERT GEBELOFF
NYT, November 28, 2009
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/29/us/29foodstamps.html

My reaction: With 49 million Americans food insecure and a looming global food shortage/dollar collapse, there exists a real potential for famine in the US earlier this year...

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6 Responses to Food Stamps at Record Highs in US

  1. Sebastian says:

    So there are more people dependent on food stamps than there are unemployed? Does that mean that some people work and yet can't afford food? Or are the actual unemployment rate much higher than the official 10 per cent?

  2. stibot says:

    Could someone explain using plain english how one qualifies for receiving food stamps in the US? I suppose for foreigners like me it is hard to imagine the true picture.

    Thank you.

  3. riteturn says:

    Plenty of working people can't afford food. The minimum wage is $7.25 - If you worked a standard 40 hour week that gives you $15,080 a year. But many businesses only offer 30 hour weeks. This results in people working two jobs to survive. You can survive on that but in no way can you be comfortable. Shelter, transportation and food will leave you almost no discretionary income. The government sets a poverty level for a single person at $10,830. To qualify for food stamps you basically need to have no more than $2,000 in cash or savings or equity in a vehicle and live at or below the poverty level. The exceptions are having children, being elderly or disabled and unable to work so that you are collecting Social Security Disability payments. It is very hard to qualify for that program. If you do qualify a single person is only given $200 a month maximum benefits. $200 doesn't go very far unless you are extremely careful where you shop and have good skills at cooking from basic ingredients and spend the time to do so.
    The real unemployment rate including people who have stopped looking for a job is somewhere over 17%

  4. Sebastian says:

    Then what about the surprisingly good US unemployment data that sent gold down by around $50? It said that unemployment fell slightly from October to November. Appearently the data was taken seriously as the dollar gained strength as well.

    According to Shadow Stats, the unemployment is somewhere between 17 and 22 percent, with a small recent decline. http://www.shadowstats.com/alternate_data

  5. misso says:

    Sebastian,
    Last US unemployment data are - fraudulent and misleading:

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/34280589/ns/business-stocks_and_economy/

    Only reason for this "miracle" is announced next week’s $131 billion sale of US treasuries.

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