I spoke with a lady (widow) last week who finally swallowed her pride and applied for nutritional aid (food stamps) and she is receiving $54.00 per month, which she say's is about a weeks grocery supply for her. During the past ten years she's lost her husband her home and relies on the kindness of family and friends for many of her needs and now the government for some of her nutritional needs.Bush and Obama, the Food Stamp Presidents
When Newt Gingrich labels President Barack Obama the food stamp president and charges that the current president has put more people on food stamps than any other president, he’s not entirely wrong, but he’s not telling the whole story.
It’s true that the most recent figures from the Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service (provided to Factcheck.org/USA Today) show that a record number of people—some 46.2 million—are enrolled in the program. But the same data shows that more individuals were added to the program while George W. Bush was in office than have enrolled under Obama’s presidency: Under Bush, the program grew by 14.7 million individuals; under Obama so far, it’s grown by 14.2 million, and, as of October, was declining.
So Bush wins on volume, and Obama wins on velocity: In just a few years, President Obama managed to expand the program by nearly as much as Bush. But Obama didn’t do it without some help from his Republican predecessor, who approved policy changes that set the stage for the program’s current growth.
There are likely ten million or more Americans in similar predicaments.
Her husband was a dentist whose life was devastated by cancer.