Ugh, sorry. Most of this is awful and not positive stuff.

 

Politician determines food stamp fraud based on appearance – Rep Markwayne Mullin from Oooooooook-LA-hooooma (sorry…can’t say Oklahoma. Have to sing it) wants all safety net and aid programs just eliminated with because he says he’s seen fraud firsthand. There was this one time he saw physically fit people wearing spandex and Nike using an EBT card to buy their food. So, that right there is fraud!  Clearly.
C’mon ,physically fit poor people….f you had Nike’s and work-out clothes before you needed aid, you should sell them and buy some Target knockoffs . Heaven forbid, if you find nice things second hand, don’t buy them! You need to look poor. Quit working out! Join us fat slobs on the couch. Do not shop at “nice stores”. You are committing fraud if you do this.

Yeah, this guy doesn’t seem to know that 40% of people on food stamps WORK, and their physically fitness doesn’t mean they earn a higher wage. Der.

Pennsylvania parents face financial stress with cuts to Kindergarten program – for years in my area, we had only half day kindergarten. It was a tremendous relief to many parents when the school district switched to full day because of the daycare issue.

Occupy Money Cooperative – a faction of the Occupy movement is working on establishing a money cooperative with a debit card line.

Texas Food Bank responds to Fox News special segment on The Great Food Stamp Binge – Oh, that Faux News channel. They had a special investigative reporting thingy about SNAP they called The Great Food Stamp Binge. To summarize:  people on SNAP are lazy losers who eat too much. Celia Cole from Texas Food Bank used some factivism to refute some of the bad non-investigative journalism going on.

“If you watched Fox News this weekend, you may have seen an inflammatory & misleading hour of journalism examining the recent growth of the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, aka food stamps).

“This exercise in muckraking likely led many viewers to form false notions about this important federal program. Among the worst of these was the suggestion that those who Fox selected for interviews represent the millions of vulnerable Americans who legitimately receive food aid.

“When I see someone parked illegally in a handicapped spot, I think badly of that person as an individual. But it doesn’t make me think what we should cut back on accommodations for people with disabilities, or think badly of all people with disabilities. Too often, when we see abuse in programs for the poor the opposite reaction occurs: we blast the program as a whole and assume that everyone on it is out to beat the system. And only because they are poor.

“The truth is that 1 in 7 Americans do receive SNAP because 1 in 7 Americans live at or below the poverty level, and therefore struggle to afford food and meet other basic needs. Recent studies from both Harvard University and Mathematica conclude that our weak economy is responsible for the vast majority of recent program growth.

“What do we actually know about these families? We know that 76% include children, elderly or someone who is disabled. We know that nearly 50% survive on incomes that are less than half of the federal poverty line. We know that 96% of recipients are U.S. citizens (the rest are here legally), and that participation rates are comparable in urban and rural America. SNAP is also one of the most efficient and effective government programs with program error and fraud at historic lows. Less than 4% of benefits are issued in error.

“What outlets like Fox fail to mention is that SNAP not only satisfies our moral duty to feed the hungry among us, it also improves lives and strengthens our economy. Study after study associates SNAP with higher food security, better dietary health and even self-sufficiency later in life.

“Congressional economists predict that SNAP participation will fall by 12 million people, and annual program costs will fall by nearly $10 Billion over the next decade as our economy recovers – just as it is designed to do. Our question to Fox News is, why bash a program that does so much good for so many?”

 

Kalamazoo, Michigan Mayor and City Commish participating in SNAP Challenge – I’ll see if I can find their updates on participation. A lot of times there will be a press release saying that city officials or politicians are participating and then there’s no follow-up on how they did w/ the challenge.

A Bit of Success in Obesity Fight – while there is still the debate about whether or not SNAP recipients should be able to use EBT for soda and junk food, Marsha Mercer says we need to look at the success of the WIC program and use it to restructure SNAP for better nutrition nationwide.

Food Stamp benefits begin decreasing in November – I may have mentioned this already but it’s worth mentioning again.There’s a lot of confusion about this as only some local news stations and papers are reporting on it. It makes it seem like these cuts will be happening in just a few states but it’s happening on a National level. The amount cut will be about $10 per person per month.

 

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