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One Million Adults with Average Annual Income of $2,200 Set to Lose Food Stamps in Coming Year. The federal food stamp program will soon cut off about 1 million poor Americans who make an average of only $2,200 a year, according to a liberal think tank.

One Million Adults with Average Annual Income of $2,200 Set to Lose Food Stamps in Coming Year

The cutoffs will come in 2016 as a result of federal welfare reform law adopted in 1996, which imposed a three-month limit on Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, or food stamps) eligibility for those aged 18-50 who aren’t disabled or don’t have minor children, even if they are seeking employment. States were allowed to suspend this limit during times of high unemployment, but with the economy recovering, the unemployment rate in many states has fallen to the point where the limit kicks back in.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates nondisabled childless individuals on SNAP earn 19% of the federal poverty level, or $2,200. About 40% of those who will lose benefits will be women and one-third will be older than 40. The law’s provisions don’t apply if the recipient is in a state work or training program. New Mexico Will Make It Even Harder To Get Food Stamps. Fox News Caught Using Out-and-Out Lie to Push for End to Food Stamps. Photo Credit: Pathologizing poverty has been a long-term, ongoing—and sadly, highly successful—project of the right in this country.

Fox News Caught Using Out-and-Out Lie to Push for End to Food Stamps

This week in the war on workers: Feeding kids is a good thing, no matter what Republicans say. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program does an amazing amount of good for people of all ages, but especially children.

This week in the war on workers: Feeding kids is a good thing, no matter what Republicans say

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities runs through some of the facts about children and food stamps—useful background for when Republicans are trying to slash the program or are claiming it doesn’t help people: SNAP kept about 10.3 million people out of poverty in 2012, including about 4.9 million children. SNAP lifted 2.1 million children out of deep poverty (defined as 50 percent of the poverty line), more than any other government assistance program. [...]

Children who receive SNAP do better in school. Access to an adequate, healthy diet during early childhood is essential to developing the skills crucial for school success, including memory, emotional stability, and social skills. And, especially for busting the Republican “logic”: Who Gets Food Stamps? White People, Mostly. WASHINGTON — Gene Alday, a Republican member of the Mississippi state legislature, apologized last week for telling a reporter that all the African-Americans in his hometown of Walls, Mississippi, are unemployed and on food stamps.

Who Gets Food Stamps? White People, Mostly

“I come from a town where all the blacks are getting food stamps and what I call ‘welfare crazy checks,’” Alday said to a reporter for The Clarion-Ledger, a Mississippi newspaper, earlier this month. “They don’t work.” Nationally, most of the people who receive benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program are white. According to 2013 data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which administers the program, 40.2 percent of SNAP recipients are white, 25.7 percent are black, 10.3 percent are Hispanic, 2.1 percent are Asian and 1.2 percent are Native American. In the two congressional districts that overlap Alday’s state legislature district, more African-Americans than whites receive food stamps, according to USDA data. The Poverty Line, What Matters Today. This post first appeared in AlterNet.

The Poverty Line, What Matters Today

(Michael Stravato/ AP Images for ALDI) In the middle of the worst economy and job situation in decades Republicans in the House voted to cut $40 billion from food stamps. This will kick 3.8 million people out of the program by 2014, then 3 million more each year after. Republicans in Congress have blocked every effort to help the economy. NC Senate votes to cut food stamps after GOPer promises it will make lazy people go to college. North Carolina Republican state Senator Norman Sanderson argued last week that reducing food assistance would force people to get a job or pursue higher education.

NC Senate votes to cut food stamps after GOPer promises it will make lazy people go to college

A bill to ban so-called sanctuary cities offered by state House Republicans last week also aimed to cap food stamp benefits at three months for most unemployed adults without children. Even though the Supplemental Assistance Program (SNAP) is paid for with federal dollars, state Republicans argued that people in counties with double-digit unemployment should no longer be eligible to receive assistance after the initial three month period. Democratic state Sen. Open thread for night owls: Congress on the verge of snatching food from mouths of the poor. Michelle Chen at The Nation writes— Congress Is About to Take Food Away From the Poorest in America.

Open thread for night owls: Congress on the verge of snatching food from mouths of the poor

The Republican war on poor people's grocery lists continues. When it comes to what poor people eat, Republicans love them some big government.

The Republican war on poor people's grocery lists continues

Republicans across the country keep coming up with bills to ban people from using Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits to eat things that Republicans think low-income people shouldn’t eat. The latest move is in New York, where two state legislators are pretending like the poors are out buying steak and lobster all the time and that’s why they need to be reined in: “At a time when our state and nation are struggling with an obesity epidemic, it is critically important that taxpayer funded programs help low income consumers make wise and healthy food choices,” reads a legislative memo accompanying the bill. “The purpose of SNAP is to promote good nutrition, but current rules allow the purchase of junk food and luxury items like high-end steaks and lobster.” Don’t have kitchen access? WTF?! GOP Lawmaker Wants To Tell Food Stamp Recipients What They Can Buy. Senator Patty Ritchie: Image Via Facebook A New York state Senator thinks she knows exactly what those on food stamps should and should not be able to buy with their SNAP benefits.

WTF?! GOP Lawmaker Wants To Tell Food Stamp Recipients What They Can Buy

Senator Patty Ritchie of Oswegatchie introduced a bill on Wednesday that would limit the kind of things that could be purchased if a person was participating in the food stamp program. The bill introduced by Ritchie would target what she calls “luxury food items” such as steak, lobster, decorated cakes, and energy drinks. This from a woman who calls herself a “small government” conservative. In a memo accompanying the bill, Ritchie states: “Many of these items aren’t just unhealthy, they’re also expensive.

Instead, Ritchie would require SNAP benefits be spent on fruits, vegetables, and granola bars. Republican congressman pushes drug testing for food stamps. Drug testing for government assistance is a big trend among Republican state legislators and governors over the last few years, and they’ve run into a number of snags along the way—little things like constitutional concerns about unreasonable search and seizure, the repeated discovery that you don’t get very many positive results when you drug test people just because they’re poor, that kind of thing.

Republican congressman pushes drug testing for food stamps

When Republicans have tried to impose drug testing on Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program applicants, they’ve also run into the problem of the federal government saying “you can’t do that.” Naturally, some congressional Republicans would like to get the government out of the way of wasting money to stigmatize and hurt poor people. On Thursday, [Rep. Robert Aderholt (R-AL)] unveiled a measure that would give states the option to drug test people who need food assistance. Aderholt argues that the change would save money. 1 Million Face Loss of Food Stamps as Economy Improves. Approximately 1 million low-income residents in 40 states may be denied their government food stamps if they fail to meet work requirements which are being reinstated due to the growing economy. State legislators, none of whom will be personally affected by this rule, believe declining unemployment is a good excuse to get these freeloaders off their roles.

They hasten to add this law only applies to able-bodied persons between 18 and 50 who have no minor children or dependents at home. To qualify for SNAP benefits, a resident must work or volunteer, or attend educational or job training classes for a minimum of 80 hours a month. Hungry Children in Rich America. Sarah is three years old. She and her six-year-old brother, Bryce, are inseparable except when it’s time for him to visit the summer food program that provides meals at a school near his Ohio home for children who otherwise would go hungry.

Sarah’s too young to make the trip. One morning after Bryce had his fill of food for the day he made a detour before heading home. He walked to the trash cans and began rummaging through food others threw away. When meat is too good to eat on food stamps. For a large chunk of the time when I was growing up my family relied on social security benefits, which, among other things, meant being shrewd about food. We made the limited household budget stretch with careful meal planning, which sometimes involved cheap meat substitutes or low-cost cuts of the real thing. So, when reports emerge in the US, as they’ve done recently, about attempts to restrict what groceries the poorest of the poor can spend their subsistence food stamps on, it hits home. How can it help a family in the grip of poverty to restrict the limited options they already have at the supermarket? But this is exactly what many on the right of the political spectrum have been advocating for the most impoverished people in America.

Oklahoma Republicans found a disturbing way to describe the poor on Facebook. In 2010, South Carolina's then lieutenant governor, Andre Bauer, compared government assistance for the poor to feeding stray animals. "My grandmother was not a highly educated woman, but she told me as a small child to quit feeding stray animals," Bauer was quoted as saying.

"You're facilitating the problem if you give an animal or a person ample food supply. They will reproduce, especially ones that don't think too much further than that. " Bauer later said his comments were taken out of context while acknowledging that using the phrase "stray animals" wasn't the right "metaphor. " Still, the analogy hasn't gone away. And just last night, the Oklahoma Republican Party did the same, on its Facebook page. Oklahoma GOP: “Giving Food To Poor Kids Is Like Feeding Wild Animals, They Will Grow Up And Kill You” - Newslo. Oklahoma Republican Party Compares Americans on Food Stamps to Animals You Shouldn't Feed. When meat is too good to eat on food stamps. Food stamp use is falling, and even the Wall Street Journal has noticed. The Oklahoma Republican Party's Deeply Offensive Facebook Post.

Food Stamp Recipients. Food On The Table.