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Feds Spent $100 Billion on Food Assistance Last Year

109,930,090 Americans participated in overlapping programs

by Elizabeth Harrington     •     Washington Free Beacon

The federal government spent $100 billion providing food assistance to Americans last year, according to the Government Accountability Office (GAO).

The lion’s share of spending comes from the food stamp program, which gave benefits to an average 46 million Americans in 2014, at a cost of $74.6 billion, according to a testimony from the GAO’s Director of Education, Workforce, and Income Security Kay E. Brown before the House Subcommittee on Nutrition Wednesday.

The national school lunch program was second, costing $11.3 billion, followed by the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) at $7.1 billion. Continue reading

Food Stamp Bonanza Proof of Abused System

Food StampsEver wonder why generous people become outraged over food stamps? Look no further than two Louisiana Walmarts.

A week ago, the technology that assessed spending limits on debit cards for food-stamp recipients malfunctioned. As a result, there was no way for stores to tell how much value was left on individual cards. Many merchants refused to accept the cards until the problem was fixed.

Not wanting to risk having anyone go hungry, Walmart allowed people to use the cards. Unfortunately, the food-stamp recipients treated the stores’ generosity as a bonanza, and filled carts with much more than they were entitled to. As word got out, the two Walmarts quickly found themselves overwhelmed by other food-stamp recipients doing the same. Continue reading

Record 42 million Americans on food stamps this Thanksgiving

by Todd Beamon

Food stamps will be the only way 42.2 million Americans will pay for their Thanksgiving Day dinner this year – more than ever.

This Thanksgiving, 42.2 million Americans will be on food stamps – the Economic Policy Institute reports – or about as many people living in California and Connecticut combined, according to U.S. News & World Report. Continue reading

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