The number of people on food stamps in the United States is still growing.
There were 311,870,000 people in the United States, mid March. 44,587,328 of them were on food stamps. That's 14.3% of all Americans on food stamps. The average monthly amount? $134.21.
This is the new economic metric, how many people are so poor, so broke, they quality and use food stamps. The data is hard to find, not explained and located on the USDA site.
Even more telling the amount of people on food stamps has increased 64.2% since October 2007.
To make things more ridiculous, New Mexico is considering ending food stamps for the disabled and elderly.
About 4,000 low-income elderly and disabled New Mexicans will see their food stamp benefits drop in July due to state budget cuts.
Congress, yes our lovely non-responsive Congress is literally considering cutting food stamps:
Nutrition assistance now accounts for more than half -- or about 67 percent -- of the USDA’s budget, compared with 26 percent in 1980. That shift in focus, critics say, is ineffective because it hasn’t put a dent in poverty or hunger in the United States while taking away money from other programs, specifically agricultural programs that should be the main focus of the agency.
Even “at a time of prosperity, we have increased the amount of money we are spending for people to buy food,” said Harold Brown, an agriculture scientist and adjunct scholar at the Georgia Public Policy Foundation. “The appropriation of money by Congress has never solved poverty or the resulting problems of poverty. When President Johnson declared war on poverty a half century ago nearly, we thought we saw the end of it as far as food and nutrition goes. For the Department of Agriculture, we only saw the beginning.”
The Republicans’ 2012 budget plan proposes changing SNAP from an entitlement to a block-grant program that would be tailored for each individual state, much like their proposal for Medicaid. States would no longer receive open-ended subsidies and the aid would be contingent on work or job training. It would also limit funding for the program.
Oh, food stamps never solved poverty, therefore people should starve. Love the logic!
Of course the state with the lowest unemployment rate has the lowest food stamp usage rate.