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NY-ers Send Food Bought With EBT To Caribbean

From the New York Post:

NY food stamp recipients are shipping welfare-funded groceries to relatives in Jamaica, Dominican Republic and Haiti

By KATE BRIQUELET and ISABEL VINCENT | July 21, 2013

EXCLUSIVE – Food stamps are paying for trans-Atlantic takeout — with New Yorkers using taxpayer-funded benefits to ship food to relatives in Jamaica, Haiti and the Dominican Republic.

Welfare recipients are buying groceries with their Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards and packing them in giant barrels for the trip overseas, The Post found.

The practice is so common that hundreds of 45- to 55-gallon cardboard and plastic barrels line the walls of supermarkets in almost every Caribbean corner of the city.

The feds say the moveable feasts go against the intent of the $86 billion welfare program for impoverished Americans.

Pioneer Supermarket in Brooklyn sells plastic barrels that customers use to ship food to family members in the Caribbean.

A spokeswoman for the US Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service said welfare benefits are reserved for households that buy and prepare food together. She said states should intervene if people are caught shipping nonperishables abroad…

What a fascist. She must be racist.

The United States spent $522.7 million on foreign aid to the Caribbean last fiscal year, government data show…

That is not nearly enough. Some people might still have to work.

“Everybody does it,” said a worker at an Associated Supermarket in Prospect Lefferts Gardens, Brooklyn. “They pay for it any way they can. A lot of people pay with EBT.”

Customers pay cash for the barrels, usually about $40, and typically ship them filled with $500 to $2,000 worth of rice, beans, pasta, canned milk and sausages.

Workers at the Pioneer Supermarket on Parkside Avenue and the Key Food on Flatbush Avenue confirmed the practice. They said food-stamp recipients typically take home their barrels and fill them gradually over time with food bought with EBT cards.

When the tubs are full, the welfare users call a shipping company to pick them up and send them to the Caribbean for about $70. The shipments take about three weeks.

Last week, a woman stuffed dozens of boxes of macaroni and evaporated milk into a barrel headed for her family in Kingston, Jamaica. She said she didn’t have welfare benefits and bought the food herself.

“This is all worth more than $2,000,” she said. “I’ve been shopping since last December. You can help somebody else, someone who doesn’t live in this country.”

A man helping her pack the barrel said: “We’re poor here, and they’re poor. But what we can get here is like luxury to them.”

Notice that there is no suggestion that the people in the Caribbean might be re-selling this food. Even the New York Post has gotten too PC as to mention such a possibility.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Monday, July 22nd, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

6 Responses to “NY-ers Send Food Bought With EBT To Caribbean”

  1. Astravogel

    Yes, I agree. It “goes against the intent of the $86 Billion welfare program
    for impoverished Americans. That’s right, those getting the food don’t vote
    Democratic! Also, the Carribean is hardly “trans-Atlantic.” But then, media
    folks probably did poorly in geography.

  2. Harry Belafonte seen scurrying away …

  3. wytammic

    It gets so complicated thinking of all the ways my tax dollars are wasted.

  4. Sooner or later it will occur to some of these recipients that they can just get inside these drums and float to America for their free food and cut out the middle-man.

    Freedom Barrels!

  5. mr_bill

    Productive citizens are constantly demonized for being “rich.” But nobody ever asks how many dozens of people are supported by evey productive citizen. With 1/3 of hte US dependent on government handouts (of our money) and untold billions going overseas, in all forms, to millions and millions of people, it seems to me that there are a lot of people who should be saying “thank you” instead of whining that some of us actually work.

  6. bousquem25

    I was reading somewhere they interviewed someone using the EBT card and they figured it was there to help the entire family regardless that only one person was living in the US. I also loved the line that the goods here were cheaper and of a better quaility than what could be bought “back home”. Well it is cheaper because they’re not paying for it, the tax payers are.




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