Real benefits of snap (food stamps)
Posted in the London Forum
#1 Sep 14, 2012
Those of us who are against food stamps(snap) need to read the following.
SNAP benefits are distributed to participants in the program; but the real benefits are the contributions SNAP makes to society as a whole. SNAP has been called “the cornerstone of the nation’s nutrition safety net”(LANDERS), and is one of the most important programs in place to prevent hunger and food insecurity in the United States. The program has also been shown to be an economic boon for the nation, increasing consumer spending in supermarkets and grocery stores across the nation. Here are just some of the positive things that SNAP does.
Hunger and Poverty Prevention
SNAP helps the poorest of Americans: almost 90% of SNAP households live below the poverty line, and about 40% of SNAP households have incomes less than half of the poverty line (approximately $9,155 for a family of three)
Families with the greatest need in SNAP receive the largest benefits
SNAP took 2.4 million children out of severe poverty in 2005 (brought their incomes to above 75% of the poverty line)
SNAP reduces the likelihood of being food insecure (i.e., cannot rely on consistent access to sufficient amounts of food) by 30% and being very food insecure by 20%
SNAP currently helps over 40 million Americans avoid hunger: 49% of SNAP recipients are children and 52% are households that include children (meaning that a total of 76% of all SNAP benefits go to households with children)
SNAP participation correlates with economic cycles.
According to the USDA’s Economic Research Service, each $1 billion of retail generated by SNAP creates $340 million in farm production,$110 million in farm value-added, and 3,300 farm jobs
Every $1 billion of SNAP benefits also creates 8,900-17,900 full-time jobs
An additional $5 of SNAP benefits generates $9 in total economic activity
83% of SNAP benefits, equal to $53.4 billion, were spent at 36,500 supermarkets around the U.S.; the remaining 17% was spent at 180,000 small retail stores (including grocery stores, farmers’ markets, wholesalers, and meal services), for a total of $11 billion
SNAP beneficiaries spend more dollars on food in local stores than eligible non-participants
An increase in SNAP participation by 5% would result in 2.1 million low-income Americans receiving $973 million in SNAP benefits, generating $1.8 billion in new economic activity
#2 Sep 14, 2012
"Real benefits of snap (food stamps)"
They buy votes.
"When the citizens learn they can vote themselves money, signals the end of the Republic." Ben Franklin
#3 Sep 14, 2012
Modern day slavery? Unlike seen in the US since 1840, except when the government controls your very health.
#4 Sep 14, 2012
obammytaxcare according to the SCOTUS is a tax and legal. Who do you fear more than FBI, CIA, NIS or Alphabet Soup.
Even the most diligent and honest of us fear a mistake or omission. Now those kind gentle folks are in charge of your health.
#5 Sep 14, 2012
Maybe someone here knows of "instant audit" done from computer consumer information.
Everytime you have a claim your entire finances are "instant audited." Forgot to claim a check for 68.00 from the tobacco buy out? You get audited. You may or may not be allowed to receive benefits with a red flag on your audit. I just hope the bleeding is minor and you can last through the GOVERNMENT PROCESS which we have all learned to be efficient and thorough.
#6 Sep 16, 2012
Did Someone that works at the food stamp office in Jackson Co steal 10,000 of food stamps? heard they opened a po box up here in London to get them. Wonder why this wasn't on the news.
#7 Sep 16, 2012
You are so very,very wrong.I know about 20 families on them,not a one votes.Faint if you like,but get this;they hate both sides,blame both for the shape they are in.My husband and i always vote.we never have got one.Real poor people just don't care about politics.I wish they did.
#8 Sep 16, 2012
Its also a security measure. Think about it if you get humans who are starving and destitute with absolutely nothing to lose....well guess who they are gonna come after????????
YOU and YOUR food/stuff.
You get down and out humans who have nothing and they see their children dying of starvation and exposure to the elements, well lets just say someone is getting hurt in some way. And it will be you and yours.
The very poor will behave with crumbs, but you take the crumbs and well your stuff aint safe.
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