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I am a 51 year old part time employed woman. I receive food stamps, it is a great help! I regularly use my local food pantry and I have to be creative and think outside the box. It is difficult when you add in price and nutrition, and factor public transportation to make this happen. Again, I am grateful to have food stamps! My Lord is my provider!!
The food shown is not what you can get on f.s. You could not get fruits or fresh vegetables. For that much money, 29. a week, you'd have to buy Raman noodles and lots of carbs. On that kind of food ,it would be easy to put on weight and have no nutritional value. The gov't is this year going to abolish food stamps, along with medical help and low cost housing. Children will go without enough food, and people that are now in low cost housing will be on the street and homeless. Most families are working but are paid wages that are so low they can't live on the rising cost of groceries. Gov't wants to eliminate Medicare. Most nursing homes rely on that to take care of the elderly. The govt. spreads propaganda that the social programs are used by scammers and drug addicts, not children and low income families. The fat cats in Washington with their wasteful spending should have to eat on 4.00 a day. I'll tell you what. If they go through this plan, which affects social security with the disabled vets and the poor elderly, there's going to be an uprising or a REVOLUTION coming. Americans are tired of hearing, get a job, when working-class people do have a job that isn't enough. My friend in construction every day at the small grocers, pulls up to the men outside , and asks....who wants to work today.? They jump in the truck and go, happy to be working. So I don't want t to hear that ppl don't want to work caz they're lazy or jus fine on 4.00 a day. It's all bullshit.
The only way that anyone can truly live 'a food stamp challenge,' is to live it for a whole month. The daily allowance is approximately $5.50 per day for 3 meals. This is not a real way to live because the fact is no one can live on 3 meals per day for $5.50. Produce is out of reach, and I know how to cook, and my budget is $5.93 per day per month. That is the amount of SNAP benefits they allow in my county for a single person for one month. I cannot purchase hot food with SNAP benefits in my county while in some of the more populated counties of Pennsylvania, the people receiving SNAP benefits get more and can spend there benefits on hot food in grocery stores or convenience stores if they wish.
This video is a pile of crap. I could eat pretty well on $120/month+ which is the average monthly benefit in my state. And by eat well I mean no processed food.
In fact I intend to prove it the last 6 months of the year. I believe I will eat well and not be hungry.
Also, I have never been to a place in this country that didn't have a grocery store.
I was told I couldn't get food stamps but just found the statement that I'm under the limit but they still won't let me get it I have to have my son first then I could get it. I just don't understand at all. I do have a low income as well
i don't get it; i've lived in tons of urban areas and it was never more than a 20 minute bus ride to a real grocery store...there is a tiny food store within walking distance that specifically caters to people on foodstamps, doesn't sell any produce, and overcharges, but i have to be pretty lazy to go there.
geez idk why peeps are complaining so much about foodstamps, it seems like these peeps are out of touch or else i'm just in an area with cheap food? i get $200/mo as a single woman who lives alone, and while i have to pay attention to my budget i don't feel at all like it's "meager". i'm certainly not living off of ramen noodles and mac-n-cheese. might be a lot different if you're trying to support a family of four, but for my needs it's plenty adequate, and i eat quite well.
i get $112 a month for 2 people and it does not buy shit! i have to go to a food pantry on occasion all that food stamps buys is fatty food processed to hell and barely any of that the only way i survive is i grew up super poor and ive leaned tricks for shopping like how to make raman 100 different ways and other ghetto recipes
Also - I fed my family a "whole foods" diet from the time my children were babies - I know something about nutrition and a well-balanced diet. I made my own whole grain breads and served more legumes than red meats because I was trying TO STRETCH A DOLLAR while maintaining good eating habits.
You quite simply do not understand the problems with a limited budget in urban settings where whole foods are not available.
YOU are an idiot!
I'm not talking about quantity - I'm talking about servings! I'm talking about how to feed a family on a limited budget - and you just don't seem to grasp the concept.
I'm done with you. You are thick-headed, and have probably never had to do without in your life let alone that you have never had to plan meals.
Brick wall is what I am dealing with here.
The purchasing power issue is that there is not enough - which is why there is a need to use foods that extend the meal.
I give up.
You obviously haven't listened to the video and you have had zero experience in feeding a family.
Like I said, you don't know what you are talking about when it comes to feeding a family.
Say what you will about nutrition science - you can't change the facts around what purchasing power there is for people on food stamps.
Did you actually LISTEN to the video? When was the last time YOU lived on $4 a day?
You are still missing the point - if you receive XX amount of foodstamps to feed your family and a meal for 4 can only be made using pasta or potatoes at a cost of XX while a meal of lean meat and vegetables for a family of 4 may cost XXX.
Or should they eat the more expensive meal because it's healthier but still suffer from hunger?
more responsibillity to think about, and instead we need to find other ways to help 19 and unders and encourage stronger family structures, which in part can be done by helping families be economically stable.
For some reason some thought that the youth were the largest takers of min wage, but they were only even the second largest "stat group" and only 1/4th of min wage earners.
Right, I was trying to explain something to libertarians/conservatives who complain about the minimum wage.
The ultimate question is, do they think its better for people to depend on the gov for basic needs, or on the business paying them a living wage.
The only argument I have seen against living wage is it supposedly makes less young people(stats say up to age 19 in this group) hire-able, but the fact is, that group will always have high unemployment, and we have larger groups that have...
Having been on food stamps, I KNOW that the SNAP program is UNBELIEVABLY FLAWED!! Luckily, I had only myself to feed, but it was still a struggle to find quality food for a reasonable price. I'm no slouch. I have my B.A. and I needed SNAP to barely survive.
I got $200/month and that really didn't help that much. Some days where all I had to "eat" was an $0.88 bottle of soda because that was all I could afford. The bad foods were always the cheapest and it was always in short supply.
you should probably actually look at the requirements for SNAP in different states before you start talking about it "it should this" and "it should that". You really think its that simple? What if someone has a full time min. wage job, but 4 children, no food stamps? a living wage is relative, some people have special costs (i.e. medical), and yes, people buy food from companies- there's no reasonable way around that. Just a few basic thoughts.
I never thought I would admit it but liberals are just as misguided and uninformed as their opposition. Compton? How about areas of less affluence where people of color actually do not make up the majority being brought into the discussion. We've all heard the statistic that whites actually make up more of the populus and have the per capita foot stamp consumption rates to prove it. Leads to believe whether they believe the numbers themselves
Good idea food stamps, shame the system is run by Americans who can't count.
No system is perfect after all but it look like this is simply a matter of putting some oil on the squeaky gears so to speak.
I have been on food stamps, Myself and 1 child, and got insane amounts in food stamps, So much I can't spend it all, So I experienced a complete opposite, recalculate the system, I did not want, need, or deserve. It does have a huge multiply effect. So I'd rather see more people on it and less for someone like myself. $4 a day? mine comes out to $11.6 a day @ 30days or $348 a month, but I often had a balance over $500 because I never spent it all so it adds up
Which is totally silly.
You should not qualify for food stamps if you have a full time job.
Food stamps should just kick in if you do not have a job etc so its a social safety emergency net program.
Companies should be forced to pay a living wage.
Currently the food stamp program is in many ways just a way for companies to enable social dumping and transfer part of their running costs (% of salaries) over to the tax payer.
This is not how social programs should work in my opinion!
$4 a day so 28 a week? 2$ for milk, 2 for eggs, 2 for frozen veggies, 2 for pasta (or like 6 for a bag of rice that lasts more than a week), 3 for sauce, 6 for meat, 2 for bananas, 3 for cheese, and $6 more dollars for additional in any of those categories/whatever else you want/need
Looking at the comments a lot of americans seem to begrudge the food stamp programme... Food being one of the absolute basics to survive you would think people might be a bit more sympathetic. In any of the EU countries that have a similar income to the US it is considered below the dignity of a nation to give something like stamps instead of money.
I knew a guy who bought drugs with food stamps. It was sad. I still support food stamp program because there are real families who need it. Funny thing about drug dealers who take food stamps, they actually buy food with it. Goes to show the drug game is a big pyramid scheme at it's worst.
The "S" in "SNAP" means Supplementary. Food stamps are not supposed to cover a household's entire grocery bills. They are to "supplement" what a household is supposed to spend on their own in addition to using the food stamps.
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