Food prices got you down? Shit bro, a gallon of milk is 4 bucks and up. If I go to the grocery store for “a few things” I end up dropping 50 bucks. Ugh.
I know I’m not the only one getting the expensive food blues, though. Maybe I should consider myself lucky. I still have a job and I can still afford food, even if I’m skipping some of the more luxurious foods I would have purchased a few years ago. This bring me to today’s post. Have you seen the news lately on the use of food stamps? Egad! Got food stamps?
Driven by a painful mix of layoffs and rising food and fuel prices, the number of Americans receiving food stamps is projected to reach 28 million in the coming year, the highest level since the aid program began in the 1960s.
That’s from a recent New York Times article. But wait – there’s more!
One in eight Mainers depends on food stamps to help feed themselves and their families, but the increasing cost of food means the benefit does not go as far as it did just a year ago.
One in eight! Wow.
Live in Iowa? More Iowans struggling to afford food.
South Dakota: Food stamps don’t meet needs.
In the Central Florida region, more than 320,000 people are receiving food stamp assistance — that’s 50,000 more than a year ago.
Oklahoma: food stamp increase.
West Virginia: Participation in food stamp program rises.
Texas: same deal, increase.
From a North Carolina article:
Things you can buy with food stamps
n Breads and cereals
n Fruits and vegetables
n Meats, fish and poultry
n Dairy products
Things you can’t buy with food stamps
n Beer, wine, liquor, cigarettes or tobacco
n Hot foods
n Non-food items, such as pet products or household supplies
n Vitamins and medicine
Characteristics of food stamp households
n To qualify, the annual income of a single parent with one child must be less than $17,800
n 50 percent of all participants are children (18 or younger), and 65 percent live in single-parent households
n 54 percent of food stamp households include children
n 8 percent of participants are elderly (age 60 and over)
n The average gross monthly income per household is $648
n 46 percent of participants are white; 31 percent are black or non-Hispanic; 13 percent are Hispanic
Food stamps – a government handout or a way to help a brother (or sister) out? I suspect as with all things, there are people that really need the help, and those that just abuse the system. No matter which way you cut it, it’s a sign of the times, a sign it’s time to build a backyard garden.
– Ranger Man
BTW: Cool SHTF movie review tomorrow on this subject (food anyway), a movie I suspect many of you haven’t seen, or maybe even heard of.
OH! Also in the news – friggin’ TENT CITIES – in the UNITED STATES! Something you’d usually associate with 3rd world countries. Viva la booming economy, people. Tent cities news article.
Also, you know the Russian “doomsday cult” I’ve been keeping you up to date on? You know, delivering all the latest TEOTWAWKI news, 21 of the 35 have come out of their cave. They had a “divine vision” that told them to leave. I suspect rising fears that the roof would collapse may have helped.
And I forgot to include rise in food costs change eating habits.