The Facts About Food Stamps ~ Share to Donate a Meal to a Person in Need
A bill was introduced in the Senate on Wednesday (January 15, 2014) that could hurt those in need of Food Stamps (SNAP) with their ability to access the much needed benefits of the service.
The bill was introduced as a means to reduce fraud in the SNAP system, but as we have illustrated in the infographic below, fraud in the system is already at an all-time low.
By requiring SNAP users to show a photo ID, it will exclude participants that do not have photo IDs without indicating whether or not it will aid SNAP users with obtaining them. This has the potential to leave thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of people without the food they so desperately need to keep themselves and their families alive.
Please share to increase awareness of how Food Stamps really work and show your support for those for whom this program truly is a lifeline. Find out more about the shocking facts about U.S. hunger and food stamps in the infographic below.
If you’re on food stamps, know that you can combine your food stamp card and coupons at the register to save even more. Nearly all major stores accept food stamps and coupons, including Walmart, Target, Meijer, ShopRite and many more.
The Facts about Food Stamps and SNAP
It’s the Holiday Season! While we’re enjoying our family feasts (hopefully made less expensive thanks to GCN coupons!), one in six Americans are going hungry. It’s a shocking statistic and we want to do something about it. At GCN, we want to help those in need get good hot meals in their bellies.
For every share on Facebook, we’ll donate a meal to Feeding America. That’s right, we’ll donate up to 4,000 meals to Feeding America, simply for sharing this on Facebook.
Dec 2013 Update:
Thanks to your help and generosity we donated 4,500 meals to Feeding America!
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Get To Know the Facts About Government Food Assistance
Politicians are lying to you. Food stamps are not evil. They nourish the nation.
Hunger exists in American. Although it may be hard to imagine, given that we live in such a prosperous nation, there are many Americans who are suffering from hunger.
According to Feeding America, one in six Americans do not have adequate access to food. This statistic includes 17 million children.
Hunger does not know social or educational boundaries: 17 percent of adults interviewed by Feeding America have college or vocational degrees.
Fortunately, we have the Supplement Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP for short) to help those who are in need.
Nearly 15% of the entire U.S. population receives assistance through this program. There’s a lot of federal funds going into it. Nearly $75 billion in 2012.
For every $1 in SNAP benefits generates $1,73 in economic activity, according to Moody’s Economist Mark Zandi.
Politicians Are Unfairly Vilifying Food Stamps
Unfortunately, those in Washington DC are politicizing the food stamp program and getting away from the main point: Americans are hungry and need help.
“[It’s] wrong for working, middle-class people to pay [for this]” – Politician
“The government continues to turn a blind eye to a system fraught with abuse.” – U.S. Congressman
There’s a lot of misinformation out there. Don’t believe the hype. Food stamps help nourish the nation.
Negative views of the Supplement Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP for short) usually fall into these categories:
- people using them are lazy and won’t work
- the food-stamp system is totally abused and full of fraud
- most people who use food stamps are addicts who only use stamps for tobacco and alcohol
- food stamps make people reliant on the government
Guess what? These are all lies.
Lie: Food Stamp Recipients Are Lazy/Won’t Work
The big reason this is a lie? Because 4 out of 5 of SNAP recipients aren’t even supposed to be working. 8% are elderly, over 60 years old. 11% are disabled adults, and 45% of them are children under 18 years old. An additional percentage includes adult caregivers of children and disabled people.
The key number? 58% of recipients live in a household with earnings from a job. The program primarily benefits the working poor.
Lie: Food Stamps = Abuse and Fraud
Here’s why this is a lie: 95% of SNAP’s federal funding goes directly to benefits. The rest goes to oversight, as well as vocational and nutritional programs.
Fraud has been reduced by ¾ over the past 15 years. Only 4% of SNAP users a non-citizens. The program’s error rate stands at an all-time low of 3%. Benefits are no distributed with an electric “debit” card, which greatly reduces fraud and trafficking. SNAP reports that the small amount of fraud reporting is actually on the retailer, not the consumer, end.
Lie: The Smokes and Booze Myth
The single reason this is a lie? Plain and simple: You cannot buy alcohol or tobacco with grocery food stamps. You just can’t. That’s it.
No wine, beer, liquor, cigarettes, not possible. Pet food and pre-prepared hot foods are off the list too. Other items that are prohibited: non food items such as soaps and paper products.
Another fact we love: When people shop with food stamps, they can combine food stamps with coupons to save even more.
Lie: Recipients Will Become Too Reliant on the Government
This is the biggest lie of them all. Some groups like to blame food stamps for a perceived “culture of dependency”. The truth is: they are simple another government service.
Other government-funded services to consider: police, public roads, water and the court system. Are you helplessly dependent because you use these when in need?
Lie: The Government Wants More People On Food Stamps
This is not true. It’s simple: SNAP enrollment responds to the current economy. It’s based on income qualifications, so it expands in a recession and subsides in prosperity. Currently, we are in a recession, which started in 2007. The program’s increased enrollment is reflecting that.
Support the Food Stamp Program
Don’t Buy into the Propaganda. Support the SNAP program. Food stamps help working families make ends meet.
Let’s stop the political madness and work toward ensuring all Americans have food on their tables.