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Poverty & Hunger in America is REAL, So Thanks For Cutting Food Stamps GOP (Video)

Facts About Poverty in America:

FACT:  Almost 80% of people receiving SNAP (food stamps) are children, elderly or disabled.

FACT:  The rise in SNAP participation has clearly tracked the rise in unemployment and poverty during the Great Recession.

FACT:  Families receiving SNAP get about $3 per person per day on which to survive.

FACT:  In 2011, 46.2 million people (15.0 percent) were in poverty in the U.S.*

FACT:  In 2011, 50.1 million Americans lived in food insecure households, 33.5 million adults and 16.7 million children.*

FACT:  In 2011, households with children reported food insecurity at a significantly higher rate than those without children, 20.6 percent compared to 12.2 percent.*

*Stats provided by FeedingAmerica.org

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Photo courtesy of, NoKidHungry.org

According to the two creators of the powerful documentary, “A Place at the Table” we had the problem of hunger in the United States all but eradicated after an exposé called, “Hunger in America” aired on CBS in 1968.  The heartbreaking program, which showed Americans  from coast to coast who were food-insecure and suffering, was so upsetting to people that they demanded their lawmakers do something about it and the food stamp solution was born.  10 years later, the hunger in America crisis was re-explored and had been practically wiped out!

Then came Reagan and his bogus “welfare queen” story–which is, was and will always be a lie–and all the progress we made to stop hunger in the U.S. started to quickly erode.

Then came the Tea Party.

TEApublicans are now actively stopping us from making sure EVERY American child goes to bed with a full belly and wakes up to a nutritious breakfast before school.  No child should go hungry anywhere, but to sit back and watch it happen in the wealthiest nation on earth is nothing less than a horrific national tragedy.

But they will, thanks to TEApublicans callously cutting a huge chunk of funding from the SNAP (food stamps) program.

The most frustrating, head-bang-inducing part of all this is that SNAP was still a huge success!  From The Washington Post:

Can I tell you a real success story? One we should all be proud of? Great, here goes: The program formerly known as food stamps has kept hunger from exploding along with the number of Americans living in poverty.

“That food insecurity hasn’t increased” since the financial meltdown in 2008, said David Beckmann, president of the Christian anti-hunger group Bread for the World, “is a tremendous testament to the power of SNAP,” the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program that replaced food stamps.

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But government spending has kept the bottom from falling out: “What I see every day is how much food stamp programs mean to people on the edge,” said Monsignor John Enzler, president of Catholic Charities for the Archdiocese of Washington. “I tried to live on what food stamps give you for a week last year and I couldn’t do it, but it does make enough of a difference to allow people to stay in their apartments, and pay medical expenses and take care of their children.”

In a still sluggish economy — and compared to the alternative — isn’t that an outcome we should count as a win?  You’d think so. Yet on Thursday, the Republican-controlled House passed a farm bill without the nutrition programs normally funded through that legislation.

Congratulations, GOP!  Hungry kids in the richest nation on Earth: YOU built that!  And just like Rep. Corrine Brown said, SHAME ON YOU.

Movie Trailer for “A Place at the Table”:

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  • Entrepreneur & Economics major

    They should stop food stamps altogether. If you think they shouldn’t you need to do your homework. The food stamp system is heavily researched and studied. Even in Australia at my university, every single student doing a Bachelor of Commerce takes introductory microeconomics. One of the topics covered is the flaws of the american food stamp system and how it should be abolished entirely. To put it simply, the system is inefficient. Removing the system in place of another method would see those that require food stamps in much better condition.

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  • kaelyn

    It’s an utter shame,an embarrassment&a Tragedy that ANY child in the wealthiest nation on earth should EVER go hungry,PERIOD.Thanks to the GOP/TEA in the State I live(I’m disabled),I get 1.61 a DAY to survive on.they keep telling us it’s just a’Supplement’,that it isn’t supposed to be all your food money,but when they only pay us on average 500.00 a month or less,shut down ALL subsidized housing such as section 8,offer NO utility assistance,our charities are wiped out,some to the breaking point(so much for the Tea Talibans idea of getting all our help from THAT),we have NOTHING left to buy food with.I go hungry for almost a week at a time right before my FS drop.

    Our county is rural,so no food bank,only two churches give anything out&that’s one small walmart bag once a month,and it’s usually just a bag of flour&a can of hominy if you’re lucky.The closest food bank is 2 counties over,but they don’t allow any out of county residents to come.When I asked what us poor hungry people were supposed to do here,they flat out said “I guess you stay that way”and hung up.My State is super majority Tea Taliban controlled,so things are only getting worse.These Fascist Theocrats who are so damn greedy had better start waking up to the fact there’s only so long people will continue to watch their kids,grandparents&parents starve&be homeless(like myself&many other disabled&elderly people have been for so long)before we rise up&their asses are toast,hauled off to GITMO,and we take what we need.History is full of such things.

    When you get to the point where you have nothing left to lose,and your starving with that nothing,shi*can go South VERY fast.let’s wipe these Murderers out of Office completely come 2014&work to impeach them in the mean time.It’s the ONLY chance we poor folks have left besides either starvation,dying of illness,or suicide,and those last three AREN’T attractive.

    • Jill S. Faucher-Ross

      So well said, sister, PREACH IT!! I sincerely hope and pray that you get the help you need somehow…I get so sick out of my mind at hearing them all say that poor people are lazy, poor people don’t work hard enough, poor people don’t try hard enough, poor people don’t help themselves, poor people don’t have it hard enough, poor people have it too easy, etc., … more excuses than a one armed paper hanger why those destitute should not be helped in any way. I can’t believe the response you got from a food bank!!!! It’s really unfathomable the ice that runs through the veins of these people….one time, while I was at the Salvation army, I had to listen to this sullen secretary for them, who got the job I applied for but was rejected for, tell me that she hated the job because all she ever sees is the same pathetic people, the same pathetic faces….and here she was, an over privileged educated thing in a suit with a desk job and obviously more than enough for her to eat…. I had to remind her that if she’s seeing the same faces, that’s a good thing, that if she was seeing new faces seeking help that was the bad news of poverty spreading…but this is the kind this world praises…these cold, ignorant, contemptuous snobs with gasoline in their veins instead of blood. And smug. Very very smug. They can survive, don’t you know…better than you. All chosen to represent a ‘CHRISTIAN’ organization. I believe they are all going to face the wrath of God someday. In the mean time, I would write to whomever you can, explain your situation and I will add you to my prayer list. My husband, who works his butt off, and I, who am unemployed searching for work for nearly 3 years now, are losing our apartment and will be out on the streets soon, as there is no where we can go. I eat onc meal a day so that my athletic husband, who runs 8 miles a day to and 8 miles a day back from work every day because he can’t afford the trains, can eat two. He has just injured his achilies tendon so now he has to take it easy. If he can’t get to work, we’re really ruined. Stay strong, dear, if you believe in God, pray, for you and for us and we’ll pray for you. <3

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