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Throw Parties To Get People On Food Stamps

From the Daily Caller:

USDA suggests food stamp parties, games to increase participation

By Caroline May | 06/27/2012

While spending on the food stamp program has increased 100 percent under President Barack Obama, the government continues to push more Americans to enroll in the welfare program.

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has embraced entire promotional campaigns designed to encourage eligible Americans to participate in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), or food stamps.

A pamphlet currently posted at the USDA website encourages local SNAP offices to throw parties as one way to get potentially eligible seniors to enroll in the program.

“Throw a Great Party. Host social events where people mix and mingle,” the agency advises. “Make it fun by having activities, games, food, and entertainment, and provide information about SNAP. Putting SNAP information in a game format like BINGO, crossword puzzles, or even a ‘true/false’ quiz is fun and helps get your message across in a memorable way.”

We would like to choose the questions for the ‘true/false’ quiz.

The agency’s most recent outreach effort targets California, Texas, North Carolina, South Carolina, Ohio and the New York metro area with radio ads.

The ads have been running since March and are scheduled to continue through the end of June — at a cost of $2.5 million — $3 million, CNN Money reported Monday…

In the 1970s, one out of every 50 Americans was on food stamps. Today one out of every seven receive the benefit

So the ads must be working.

Despite the high rate of food stamp participation, the USDA has numerous blueprints posted on their website aimed at getting more people to enroll in SNAP. A 2009 State Outreach Plan Guidance explains why the agency believes states should adopt strategies to get more people on the rolls:

Outreach Can Help Increase Participation in SNAP Resulting in Multiple Benefits for Participants, States, and Communities: SNAP is the cornerstone of the nation’s nutrition safety net and an investment in our future. SNAP offers the opportunity for improved nutrition and progress toward economic self-sufficiency for participants who become stronger members of the community. However, too many low income people, especially seniors, working people, and legal immigrants, who are eligible for SNAP do not participate and thus forego assistance that could stretch their food dollars and help improve their nutrition.

According to the USDA, greater food stamp usage can be an economic plus for states and communities.

“Every $5 in new SNAP benefits generates $9.20 in an additional community spending,” the USDA contends in their outreach guidance. “If the national participation rate rose five percentage points, 1.9 million more low-income people would have an additional $1.3 billion in benefits per year to use to purchase healthy food and $2.5 billion total in new economic activity would be generated nationwide.”

So just like with unemployment benefits, food stamps actually help grow the economy. (At least according to Nancy Pelosi.)

But you have to wonder, with the record high number of people on unemployment and record number of people on food stamps, why isn’t the economy booming?

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, June 28th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

5 Responses to “Throw Parties To Get People On Food Stamps”

  1. BigOil says:

    So welfare generates economic growth. Even George Orwell would be confused.

    Funny how they are trying to sell food stamps as a “nutrition enhancement” program. Most of the people I see at the grocery store that pull out the SNAP card have overflowing carts and are obese.

    • AcornsRNutz says:

      Worse than that! I was behind a woman many years ago who was buying about 200 bucks worth of groceries. I noticed she was buying about a dozen bags of organically grown carrots (the expensive kind) and commented about her apparent love of carrots. She laughed and told me they were in fact for her horses. She then unabashedly paid in food stamps and walked out to her Jeep Grand Cherokee. Also, at certain stores the price of your purchase is displayed on areadout you can see. At one such register I noticed two totals, one minus tax and about 10% cheaper. It was the WIC price.

      Shut it down.

  2. Chase says:

    I recall standing in the checkout line in Richmond VA years back and watching the couple in front of me paying for several lobsters with food stamps.

    I am sure they went without and saved up for a long time….

  3. GetBackJack says:

    I read recently of how evil itself in the form of the Fallen Angels can come to rule over lands and nations, taking control by supernaturally whispering in the ear of men and women eager to be in power.

    We now live in that reality

  4. wirenut says:

    Just….just grab me a flyswatter.

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