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A Record Number Of Americans Turn To Food Stamps As America Is Gripped By Economic Despair

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Food StampsWould you ever accept government welfare?  Would you look down on someone who does?  Well, if you would look down on a fellow American who receives food stamps then get ready to look down on a massive sea of people.  The truth is that over 37 million Americans now receive food stamps, and the program is expanding at a pace of about 20,000 people a day.  As hordes of Americans have been forced out of their jobs and their homes, millions are finding that the only way they can make it is to accept food stamps.  For many it is a tremendously humbling moment to turn to the government for help, and for so many millions to be dependent on the food stamps program is yet another indication of how deep the economic despair in America has gotten.

Most of the time you won’t even notice them being used at the checkout counters.  Today food stamps take the form of inconspicuous plastic cards and they can be used to purchase a wide variety of food items.  A record 37.2 million people, which is approximately one out of every eight Americans, received food stamps in September, and that number is growing rapidly.

In particular, children are being enrolled in this program in staggering numbers.

One out of every four children in America now gets assistance from food stamps each month.  In fact, it is projected that half of all U.S. kids will be on food stamps at some point in their lives.

So if nobody in your family has ever had to go on food stamps consider yourself to be very fortunate.

Things are particularly bad in rural areas such as Tennessee.  Nearly 1,186,000 people who live in Tennessee, or more than one in six residents, currently receive some kind of food stamp assistance and that number is rapidly increasing.

But there are places where things are even worse.  In fact, there are 239 counties in the United States where at least a quarter of the population now receives food stamps.

Not only that, but it has now come out that about one in 50 Americans lives in a household with a reported income that consists of nothing but food stamps.

Can you imagine trying to live on nothing but food stamp assistance?

That is the case for 2 percent of all Americans.

Can you imagine the despair they must feel?

So is there economic hope on the horizon?


The number of Americans filing for personal bankruptcy rose by nearly a third in 2009.

In addition, the number of people preparing to buy a home in November fell sharply in the latest sign that the housing market may be headed for another downturn.

So more Americans are going to go broke.

And more Americans are going to lose their homes.

And a whole more Americans are going to end up on food stamps.

Can you feel the despair in the air?

We can.

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  • You paint a bleak picture. But you’re not telling the full story.

    For instance, a bankruptcy means someone spent more money than they had. It also means they are attempting to make a new start. So there personal economy was worse than they thought and now they can look forward to better days.

    Housing is the same way. For whatever reason, a family ends up in a house that they cannot afford. When they get out of that house into something they can better afford, they are in for better days.

    You seem to be thriving on fear. As long as people are afraid, you can sell them gold, emergency supplies, water filters and whatever else. Those things are ok to buy and sell. But you do us a disservice by fanning flames of hysteria just to increase sales.

  • Johnny B

    Yes, the picture you paint is indeed bleak. I think, however, your picture is somewhat “rosier” than the future this country faces. Many in the current administration embrace the Cloward-Piven strategy with the goal of easing the majority of Americans into willing acceptance of government subsidies and other assistance. This will guarantee continuation of the liberal progressive agenda as all those on the public dole will vote only for candidates professing to continue feeding the public trough. Ultimately, however, the trough will run dry as there will be no more taxpayers to feed it. The former taxpayers will all be in line at the trough!

  • Tatiana Covington

    I have been here before. Say around 1933.


  • America is going to hell in a food stamp basket. We need serious change and we need it now. I’ve plugged your article here:

  • John

    We are certainly in store for very rough times ahead. The worst part about it is that if the government loses control of our finances all those food stamps might not but too much. Energy supply & prices might also cause food supply issues. Too many ways things can go badly. We all should hope for the best, but still prepare as best you can just in case tshtf.

  • luke

    If, for whatever reasons, people don’t have access to food in legitimate ways – they’ll get it through illegitimate ways. It’s the most fundamental resource of society and if we can’t provide it or furnish a way to have people provide it for themselves, we’re up a creek.

  • w

    sure it’s tragic, but what’s the root cause?one word “offshoring”. the same americans on food stamps today are the same one’s that chose to save two cents by buying some chinese product over an american product. the result is they’re unemployed and china’s booming, it’s not rocket science

  • bbc

    WELFARE!!!Time to get the low-life foreigners off the system!!!They came here for the “free lunch”,not to be a contributing member of OUR society!!Therefore,they do NOT deserve anything from a system they did NOT contribute to(thru employment taxes)!!!!Go ahead and watch them the next time your at the grocery store.Multiple baskets full of the more expensive stuff…they slide the “card”…and it’s about $3 for everything!!!Then,(I know first hand,because I watched them),they go out to their NEW cars,and drive off laughing!!!Wise up TRUE AMERICANS…start yelling at your CONgressmen to cut there FIRST…before OUR earned and paid for public services,(i.e.=police,fireman,

  • Guss Russman

    Feed the people of the US. It’s a depression that no one wants to admit to.

  • Kat

    There are people on food stamps now, that you would never think they were. For example myself, I just went on food stamps last month. I am not a welfare mom, unemployed or declaring bankruptcy, I am educated and working as hard as I can to make ends meet.

    I hold a Masters degree, and a part time job. I make minimum wage and if I were scheduled 40 hours a week my pay would just cover my expenses. Problem is, with retail the number of hours changes from week to week, and it hasn’t been near 40 since Christmas. Luckily I planned ahead and put money aside if I couldn’t find a job right out of school, or if I found one and lost it with today’s economy. I have been able to cover the bills my paycheck doesn’t, but the thing is, my savings has gotten low to that.

    I honestly really didn’t want to go on food stamps, I just can’t find another job. Let that be a full time position, or even another part time one. I’m applying to everything I’m qualified for, remotely qualified for, and even over qualified for. But there really are that few of jobs out there.

    I haven’t really told anyone I’m on food stamps, a good portion of my old friends are still in school and don’t understand why I can’t find a “real” job. Luckily at my new job there’s a whole store of people who know exactly what I’m going through and would never think of judging me for how much I make or where I live.

    There are other people too. Once at work a mother with three kids came in, she had never used food stamps before and had no idea what to do at the register. She almost came to tears trying to explain she really didn’t want to use them, but her husband lost his job, and all that was left for the family was her part time job, and she was so ashamed they had them.

    People really have no idea how many of their neighbors are on food stamps.

  • I’m a YA and Urban Fantasy writer and an advocate for helping welfare recipients get out of ‘The System’. I run a site and community exposing the dirty little secrets of HUD, the Department of Human Services and Child Support Enforcement and explain the many reasons why it’s next to impossible fore welfare recipients to get out.

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