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US food stamp use is projected to swell to record levels with the Great RECESSION!
by Naomi Spencer (rewritten a tad by Anita Sands HernandezIn yet another indication of worsening social conditions in the United States, a new government report anticipates one and a half million new applicants to the federal Food Stamp Program serving working class households over the coming year. that is 1,500,000 families with 2.5 people in them, 3,750,000 new MOUTHS will have nourishment. This isn't just the people already on food stamps it's the new ones. But if you calculate who caused the RECESSION, best lists have a few dozen CEOS, totaling about THIRTY MEN.
Because of their greed, there is endemic poverty and a lot of people trying to qualify for public aid --albeit less than 1 % of America. The Congressional Budget Office projected at time of this article being published that by October 08, 28 million people will depend upon federal food assistance, up from 26.5 million in 2007. (2008 figures not in at time of this article, but it has to be another 50 million people.) 2009 figures of course will be the largest number of people depending on food stamps since the program began in the 1960s. Except that the rules for getting Food stamps often prevent jobless, homeless families with children from ELIGIBLITY. SEE "MISTAKES GOVERNMENT MAKES IN CALCULATING POVERTY".
Officials have noted that there is greater public awareness of the program and reduced social stigma associated with using food stamps. The estimate for 2009 is based on rising inflation and an expected acceleration of job losses as the US recession deepens. And deepens and deepens.
The cost of basic foods has risen by 5.8 percent in the past year, (2009) according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Prices are projected to continue rising for the foreseeable future based on spikes in the grain markets and rising oil/ transportation and production costs. At the same time, prices for other essentials, such as gasoline and home energy costs, have also increased. (Note, They tell us 6% but I see drought conditions, water rationing and higher prices for water. In the supermarket, fish is tripling in cost, meat doubling, bread is a third more, eggs doubled a while ago, so in calculating who's poor and who's not, the old rules do not hold. Somebody's tweaking the numbers). ( http://www.masterjules.net/dunces.htm )
In addition, after years of leveraging living expenses through borrowing, home equity has collapsed and both the credit market and job prospects have constricted, leaving most families stretched thin and with few financial resources to cope with inflation, evicted, foreclosed on and living in the car.
Officials note that applications for food assistance have increased in 43 states. At least seven states—Florida, Maryland, Rhode Island, North Dakota, Arizona, Nevada, and Washington—saw increases of more than 10 percent in the number of recipients between December 2006 and the end of 2007. More than a dozen other states recorded increases of between 5 and 10 percent over the period. But with start of RECESSION in 2008, figures have doubled.
Only eight states, mainly in the most sparsely populated regions of the country, registered decreases in the percentage of residents receiving food assistance. Probably because people fled the region.
Eligibility for the Food Stamp Program is complicated, and applying for benefits entails jumping through a large number of bureaucratic hoops. Households must have no more than 130 percent of the federal poverty threshold in total monthly incomes, and no more than 100 percent of the poverty threshold in net income after taxes.
This amounts to a net income of less than $851 per month for an individual, just over $210 per week. A single mother with two children would not qualify for food assistance if she had a net income of more than $360 per week. $1400 is the cut off point. Yet in my city, (L.A). a one room apartment rents for 1200.
So tell me, how do you pay these high rents and utilities and car insurance and buy food? That's hopefully while there is food stamps. See, way the DPSS thinks: IF YOU CAN PAY $1200 rent, you are already not qualified for food stamps. There isn't a cheaper apartment but, that's the codebook. THAT is why welfare mothers in a big city share that room with another woman and child. But you're not allowed to have another person near your kitchen, by AFDC law, when you have your food, bought by your foodstamps in there. These are the rules! And people have to wiggle thru wormholes in the code when they're poor, jobless, have children, have a crazy high rent for a nothing room. Share space with another woman and two children belonging to HER. So either you must claim a roomie pays half the rent or deny you have a room mate, deny you pay 1000$ rent. Claim that you only pay 300$ rent. Maybe in reality YOU DO lease out the other half of the apartment to another woman but you deny that she exists. You maintain you only pay 300$ rent. That is a good way to qualify for stamps. ALSO FOR GOING #&)@ CRAZY! But here's the rescue: you scramble to make a living as a GUERILLA CAPITALIST under the table CLean houses for 80$ a day, IRON, launder, Wait on tables one day a week. Plenty of waitresses want a day off and would get you in with PapaPizza man. YOU HAVE to be ingenious to pay heat, water, sewer, gas, fones, internet and STILL BUY FOOD for your babies!
Now, In order to qualify for food stamps, households must have no more than $2,000 in monetary resources, such as savings accounts. Well, you're not dumb. If you are going to welfare, remove the money from the damn bank where it shows. True, chances are you have 50 cents in your account, and chances are your roomie's pals will look under your mattress, but again. BE INGENIOUS. I find a sock nailed to back of closet will hold a wad of fifties!
Applicants are expected to provide all financial records, pay stubs, medical bills, receipts for rent and child care, proof of mortgage and utility payments, proof of vehicle worth, (don't go out and buy the BLUE BOOK, just bring in a pink slip for your 1983 Honda Civic saying it's a 27 year old car, they will lose interest very fast. You are to bring the children's official birth certificates and your own, your mate's and other personal documents for every family member. You can get food stamps if you are on social security but not if you are on disability or SSI although one social worker told me that if you have a doctor's letter stating that the lack of protein is killing you, that you need them for medical reasons, maybe. Social worker promised me personally that this worked and could be done. Even with federal disability .I called FOOD STAMPS and they said no. You get disability that's it. No food stamps, no EBT. No SNAP AT ALL.
The sad thing is, officials and experts widely estimate that at least 40 percent of those eligible for the program do not know that they qualify or imagine the process of applying too difficult. Therefore, an increase in the food stamp rolls is a conservative measure of the number of working families that have been exposed to precarious circumstances. Those social workers and intake gals want you in and out fast. They get bored easy. So they'll whiz through your papers. Now here's what I heard from a recipient of full out welfare, food stamps and MEDICARE. She said that she made a few months of RENT RECEIPTS for less than she actually paid as her rent was $1,000, too posh for the DPSS! She typed up a seeming 'receipt,' created the landlord's name, called her landlord and told him, I'm getting food stamps, so if Welfare calls you, tell them I only pay 500$ rent. Please. They won't give me food stamps if they knew it was a thousand." He agreed. He liked the tenant. At times she had another single mother there, he liked both tenants. Not that way. He was 86 yrs old. Puhleeze.
Another woman told me these facts: "If you rent a cottage, a total shack like my house, and it's a big stiff rent, you're in a real quandry on what to tell Welfare. You could tell the DPSS worker that you rent half the house, share it with a couple or your mother and that they use the hot plate and pay less rent, or you use the hotplate and have your own fridge. BUT social workers want separate kitchens so you have to actually have a gas plate and a small fridge in your side of the house. They don't want your county food accessible to or in use by another family. But all that gets complicated and makes the worker want to come on over and check who's there, cold call you even. But if she believes you have a gas plate and a small fridge she might not come by and check.
Rather than create an alternative reality, just type up some lower rent receipts and well before you go in, have all your utilities turned to "POOR RATE." You call the utility company, tell them you earn less than 800$ a month 500$ goes to rent, you have no money for food and are currently in danger of being fired, jobless. They will cut your utility bills down to a third of what they were. So your utilities look real low when you show those bills to the WELFARE worker. Because if she says 'how are you going to survive, are you getting income from someone else, a family member," they will count that as income. SO I stress, go in proving low rent, low utilities, and never cop to roomates at all. I hear that when Social workers hear you pay a thousand rent, in a big city, they demand you move to cheaper digs. They don't know that a crummy part of the city charges nearly the same as Beverly Hills. 1000 for a studio in an area of gangland shootings, against 1200 for a studio in an area with no crime at all. Daily I read about children shot in these bad areas, so I'd go for the 1200 rent, get a roomie, pay 600, insist to worker it's 500$, fake landlord's corroboration and get your food stamps. It's all rule book anyway, Workers have no time to check your landlord's letter.
This recipient who was teaching me all about the rules rented a dilapidated home with four young children, had a doctor's letter about needing open heart surgery, so she truly never was able to work. Much less sit up in a chair for an hour straight. Her sole income was citrus jams she sold at a pal's booth at the farmers market, Sundays. It wasn't her booth, had to give some cash to the Booth's official owner. So she really wasn't stiffing the gov. SHE WAS dirt POOR. Her jam was seasonal, made of fruit she found in her ghetto in the alleys hanging over fences. So she didn't declare a few hundred dollars income a month. So it went for utilities, rent, jam jars. She couldn't feed her kids more than a certain amount of that fruit. She needed milk and meat. Vegetables so she went for the FOODSTAMPS. That is where she failed at several offices as her rent and utilities were too high. So she had to make changes and that's what I learned from her.
Never accept their kind offer to slave all day at the freeway picking up trash as daycare is more than your rent. Two, never declare a roommate, Just say your rent is low & get landlord to agree. She taught me about the car thing. Never declare a 1990 and newer car to welfare. If you don't have a 1983 car, then say you have none. See, you can't complicate things. You can't step on a deal breaker in the dark. They aren't going to look in your driveway. They don't make spot calls except in the movies. This welfare mother did drive an early 80's Toyota but as it was in her maiden name, she never bothered to tell Welfare and they never looked at DMV for a title.
They didn't check on anything I told them either, when I was on welfare. I had a 1963 Plymouth worth zip so it wouldn't have mattered. But I never volunteered that I even had a vehicle! Maybe some day they'd make cars illegal for welfare, or make pregnant mothers show up to clean freeways in one of our l00 miles away city's buroughs. THEY DO that you know. Unless you have doctor's letter so whenever you visit a doctor for anything, collect a letter for SOMETHING.
I never had a savings account ever, so no problem there. They could have looked in my checking account, seen more money than they gave me, by a few hundred, but I would have told them it was their welfare money rattling around in there 'til the Landlord came by. You always have to account for everything IF they ask. Once every two or three years they shoot a question at you.
DPSS workers are very UN-detectivey as they're overloaded with cases but you have to a.) rehearse, b.) know your dialogue, c.) know the rule book and d.) say everything with a languid, relaxed face, just sending rays of love to your worker. There's one thing that gets their ire up and they will go after details: The vagrant father. They will look for a husband who fled, try to nail him for child support even jail him if he doesn't cough it up. If there were no such thing as BIRTH CERTIFICATES with daddy's names on them, I would probably -- out of kindness -- say that I was a single mother, that I wasn't sure who spawned which child and pull out a photo of yourself, young gorgeous. Say I had a new boyfriend every week. Maybe you'd do some genetic testing on the men. I have about twenty names of suspects." They will FLEE from that one. If there's just one man in your past, they would hammer you a LOT on this parentage issue so I say if they use the word 'establish paternity' look real encouraged. Say, "hey could we do a DNA test on all twenty?? I'd love it. I'm betting they quickly lose interest.
In a recent article, the New York Times noted that in former manufacturing strongholds such as Michigan, Ohio, and Illinois, “The climb in food stamp recipients ... has been relentless, through economic upturns and downturns, reflecting a steady loss of industrial jobs.” (Yeah, jobs that American CEOS sent to MALAYSIA, BOMBAY and GUATEMALA when the US Gov created those TRADE treaties. So I'm not too happy with American politicians and the US GOV. They are feeding Guatemalans, why not feed me and my four kids was my thinking.
Michigan’s Department of Human Services spokesperson, Maureen Sorbet, told the Times that the state’s caseload has more than doubled since 2000. “We’ve had poverty here for a good while,” she said. One in eight Michigan residents currently receive food stamps, and applications have increased in recent months.
A closer look at federal data shows that the trend is a widespread phenomenon. One in ten residents in the states of Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and Pennsylvania are enrolled in the program. In all of these states, the proportion has climbed steadily from the end of the last recession five years ago, according to monthly participation data from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), which administers the Food Stamp Program.
Other areas, such as the persistent poverty regions of Appalachia and the South, did not register drastic percentage increases over the past year, although they also have a high proportion of food stamp recipients, have experienced a steady increase, and expect sharper increases as the recession unfolds. In Kentucky, one in seven residents currently rely on federal food assistance. According to the Charleston Daily Mail, one in six West Virginians receive food stamps.
Accessing the food stamp program is by no means a guarantee that one will have enough to eat. Most recipients in poor southern states receive only $85 a month, and many find that this allocation runs out days or even weeks before the end of the month. NOTE: IN California it's more like 220$ food stamps per person so run don't walk and get 'em! CALIFORNIA FOOD STAMP AMOUNTS can be found online. GOOGLE search terms: There is usually an up to date site that will give you FEDERAL INCOME ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS.
You don't get much money -- 668$ would be for a family of four, if I'm remembering right. See : http://www.fns.usda.gov website, google that and "eligibility requirement" as a search term, also. A family of 4 that qualfies may get 668$ a month. I believe it depends on state. According to the USDA, the average family of four on a “moderate-cost” shopping plan currently spends upwards of $900 per month for groceries. For four to eat on less, try THE CHEAP EATING SECRETS of THE SUPER POOR California hippie healthfooders. And read CONFESSIONS of A BOTTOM FEEDER.
AND read up on N.J. Mayor Cory Booker who ate for a week on food stamps:
With Inflation, current food costs are increasingly unmanageable for many both off and on the food stamp rolls. In response, families are turning in large numbers to charity and emergency food banks. But the super poor have no transportation and cannot get there, ditto seniors.
An April 1 Associated Press report noted that nationa l food bank America’s Second Harvest, which distributes some 2 billion pounds of food in the US each year, reported that its client load rose by 20 percent in the fourth quarter of 2007.
Food banks, in turn, are strained by demand and the rising price of goods and transportation costs. In addition, most food banks depend heavily on individual donations, which shrink drastically during economic downturns. Food banks also receive agricultural surplus purchased by the federal government as a way of subsidizing the farming industry. These stores have also dried up in the past year because of global grain shortages and soaring commodities prices. America’s Second Harvest reported that shortages at its pantries were the worst the organization has seen in at least 26 years.
According to a recent report from the USDA, staple grain prices are set to rise substantially over the year, with further food inflation certain to follow. The USDA said that farmers are planning to plant 8 percent less corn, ubiquitous in both the human and livestock food supplies in the US, and devote a larger proportion of it to ethanol production. This will have the tendency to further push up bushel prices for corn, already projected to rise as high as $7.50 by the summer—triple the per bushel price three years ago.
International Food Policy Research Institute researcher David Orden commented to the New York Times Tuesday in reference to the USDA report, “We’re hoping for good yields. If we get bad yields and tight commodity markets are pushed even tighter, we’ll get food prices skyrocketing, inflationary pressures and food riots in developing countries, and countries cutting off their exports.”
Orden then noted that these trends were already realities in many regions of the world. Food shortages and exorbitant prices have triggered mass protests and strikes throughout Asia, Africa, and the Middle East over the past several months. In fact, the very same explosive social conditions are developing in the United States as well." The End.
Gov Schwarzeneggar just cut Disability aid to children and seniors down 20%. The GOVERNATOR claimed CALIF was OUT OF MONEY when its' investments of pension money etc is billions if not trillions just lying in accounts. This CUTTING the flesh OUT OF THE SIDE of seniors, women and children is not strange.
This whole FOOD STAMP thing may show the true colors of PRES. OBAMA. He keeps on giving trillions to banksters. and to genocidal wars, and war toy manufacturers; He is loyal to them. He is the ONLY PRESIDENT who could have terminated WELFARE being that he's a black man, 90% of welfare recipients are black. Are they gonna make a murmur when OBAMA tells them the ride is over? That the USA is broke? It's just an overall hunch that the oligarchs will still play this lame duck puppet and he'll cancel welfare for all the single mommas. I raised four kids in la calif on welfare. left my spanish hubby who'd put a gun to my head, hit me numerous time, punched me, broke my rib when I was pregnant. I drove the hell outta Mexico, it took me six days to get back here, I went on the dole, raised all four. I was lucky. I could do astrology under the table and put FOOD ON the TABLE. No need to turn tricks. I feel for the women who don't have that launching pad, that extra cash to protect the kids. Gal, If you have dependent children, not enough alimony, (I had none) get those food stamps right now. If you are a playgirl, gorgeous, jobless and no man keeping you right now, GET FOOD STAMPS. My gorgeous NYC playgirl rock singer gal pal said she got them. I asked HOW? I was so dumb I thought only single mothers could get them. She said " I showed up with my Chase bank statements $110 in that account at that moment. I showed my 1600/mo lease & unemployment HRD records. I owned up to the fact that I get 165 per week as a temp job with paper trail, but Anita, My 'other job,' the nanny work, was off the books for your information. Fancy that! And then I have a California gal who walks dogs for a living, house sits, 300$ is a good month, and with 12% jobless in Calif, she can't find a job. So she qualified, gets 200$ a month EBT. She lives in her BF's mansion, no food or rent! DOES FINE. FOR THE TIME BEING.
So friends, CALL the INFORMATION OPERATOR, ask her where the County's local DPSS is, in your burrough. Phone the DPSS next, find out if parking is free or if there are costly meters on the street. Either get there first thing in the morning when they open their doors or be prepared with a food and drink basket to last you a few hours. And a great mystery novel. Cuz time passes fast when you're having fun.
IF IN NYC, http://www.hungeractionnys.org/ Hunger Action Network of NY State has an office in Manhattan helps you get food stamps, and information on where food pantries,soup kitchen are
There, you can find out if you are eligible for food stamps in all cities.
A friend of mine had huge rent, $1500, showed earnings on one job, not the other. She got stamps in NYC. You may be kicked off program in some states if there's a cent of under-the-table money coming in and you report it. Another jobless 50 yr old gal has an under-the-table cash biz, dog walking, house sitting for pets, makes under a thousand a month in California, reported she earned $400 (it's never in bank anyway,) and she lives with her BF in a mansion so she has no rent. SHE GOT FOOD STAMPS. Has for years! At first, they asked her to work in their offices 20 hrs a month. 90% of the time when she went by to do so, they said there was no work and signed her out. So the EBT was free to her! (NOTE: She's had it for 3 yrs and even has bought me a sandwich or two at the super that has a deli, hand prepared to our gusto.) She lives with a rich BF in the next county, just across the line but gave her old Dad's addie in LA COUNTY.
NOTE: Oct 2013, GOV reduced all food stamp stipends 4%. Pal sent me this: "NPR just aired a program about a woman who is having a 5% cut in her food stamps. She said that she will have to use more coupons and buy more manager specials and fewer snacks for her children. She also said she will have to cook larger pots of food to feed her family. Is this not what she would logically be doing already?" Read CHEAP EATS and see if YOU COULD handle the bottom cost food bounty tricks.
If not, maybe Mom can TURN TRICKS.
Show less income,
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