Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Food-stamp tally nears 40 million, sets record

Don't think the government isn't just as please as pie over this. They LOVE it. You're not going to bite the hand that feeds you, folks. Store and grow your own food. That, and your guns, are the only chance you have at liberty. When TSHTF and you have no food, put your head between your legs and kiss your ass goodbye, because I can guarantee you you're not going to like what's required of you before you're allowed in their bread lines.

    Reuters -

    Nearly 40 million Americans received food stamps -- the latest in an ever-higher string of record enrollment that dates from December 2008 and the U.S. recession, according to a government update.

    Food stamps are the primary federal anti-hunger program, helping poor people buy food. Enrollment is highest during times of economic distress. The jobless rate was 9.9 percent, the government said on Friday.

    The Agriculture Department said 39.68 million people, or 1 in 8 Americans, were enrolled for food stamps during February, an increase of 260,000 from January. USDA updated its figures on Wednesday.

    "This is the highest share of the U.S. population on SNAP/food stamps," said the anti-hunger group Food Research and Action Center, using the new name for food stamps, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). "Research suggests that one in three eligible people are not receiving ... benefits."