SNAP news : the new USDA requirements for SNAP are not going over well


Did polygamous sect have a right to share food stamps? – You know I rarely even touch food stamp fraud news because there’s such a small rate of abuse of the program but this here… “FLDS members will argue religious right to hand over food stamps in fraud case“.
An FLDS sect (Jeffs family) is trying to argue that they have a religious right to have access to their members’ benefits. The FLDS-owned stores in that community have been using members’ EBT cards to claim purchases that the members didn’t actually get to keep and when they do have needs, they need to petition for items from the community storehouse. There is so much abuse in this particular FLDS sect that my 1st thought is that they could very easily be using food access to harm & control members (mostly women and their children). And hell,no… they don’t have a religious right to government benefits issued to members. That’s bullshit.

Hundreds Of Thousands Have Lost Food Stamps In Florida – more cuts due to the new requirements that limit to people w/out dependents. The burden now falls on churches and food pantries to feed people

Food Retailers Push Back Against SNAP Stocking Rule – we knew this would happen

REP. FRANK LUCAS: USDA proposal threatens rural America’s access to assistance – this man gets it and this really touches on how the USDA requirements may impact poor rural people even more than urban folks.

Families who currently rely on these assistance programs would be forced to travel even further for affordable and sustainable groceries or lose access to them altogether.

In fact, many of these stores have even indicated that a vast majority of customers using food stamps at their locations are residents of the community, not just those passing through.

The bottom line is that SNAP must remain accountable and accessible for all Americans – not just those in heavily populated parts of the country. I have joined several of my colleagues from both sides of the aisle in a letter to the USDA requesting that they stick to what the 2014 Farm Bill laid out.

As I’ve said on numerous occasions, the Farm Bill is not written for the good times but for when times aren’t so good. This applies to both the production and the nutrition side of things.

.Paul Ryan, GOP Eye $23B In Food Stamp Cuts In 2017 Budget – Paul Ryan can go to hell.

Here are 6 important things Republicans want you to forget about food stamps – all good reminders

Arkansans React to New SNAP Ruling – again, reinstated work requirements have Arkansans  left without SNAP. And again, there’s quote from a supporter who thinks this will actually encourage and motivate people to get jobs, even if there are no jobs to be had or if it’s a low wage job.

How A Plan To Make Food Stamp Recipients Healthier Could Backfire – exactly.

LA farmers markets start signing up to accept food stamps – apparently not all LA farmers’ markets were SNAP eligible before.(I hope this sinks in w/ the people who claim that SNAP people need to buy nutritious food at their local farmers’ market.They don’t get that not everyone has a local market).  Now more are and also doubling dollars

Data Reveals Millions Of Eligible Seniors Are Not Receiving Critical Federal Benefits
Ending the Senior Snap Gap
It’s shameful.


8 thoughts on “SNAP news : the new USDA requirements for SNAP are not going over well

  1. Interesting reading, thanks for providing. I’m Australian and these articles are quite disturbing. Although we don’t have food stamps here (people are paid unemployment benefits and are able to purchase what they want with their allocated money) Australia’s conservative political party has a tendency to mirror America’s conservative politics when trying to implement changes to our current systems. Probably the most concerning read in these articles is that the States with the highest rate of food stamp recipients also vote Republican.

    1. Interesting.
      I know that NY has emergency assistance. I can’t remember the specifics but it’s only given to people when there’s been a natural disaster, fire,etc or if something happens like the electric was shut off and you lost all your food.

      1. What are emergency SNAP benefits? Who is eligible?
        Expedited benefits mean that you may receive benefits within seven days. We suggest you go in person to your local DTA office to apply.

        To be eligible for expedited benefits, you must meet one of these three criteria:

        Income and money in the bank add up to less than the monthly housing expenses
        Monthly income is less than $150, and money in the bank is less than $100
        The applicant is a migrant worker, and money in the bank is less than $100
        If you believe you are eligible for expedited benefits but don’t get them, you have a right to a conference with a DTA supervisor.

        At the time I had no problem meeting two of these requirements. I knew that there was something that existed like this at the time. It was troubling though that my worker said there was no such thing NOT that I wasn’t eligible for it…….sover being poor.

  2. Did you know Rep. Lucas is a Republican? He is a respectable politician who truly cares about people and the USA. I know you are down on all Republucans, just wanted to say that some of us are decent people. I’m not trying to pick a fight, I’ve been in your shoes and know how tough it is. I do wish you the best.

    1. I had planned on mentioning that about him but I was throwing this post together as I was also trying to leave the house ☺️
      I know some of you are decent people. I’m married to a Republican lol

  3. scary times all over the world , here in the UK you can spend any benefits on what you like , but there are government plans muttered every now and then to go to defining what you can spend on. We live rurally in what you would call a food desert . Its not bad for us because we have a large garden that can grow a lot of what we eat , not so easy for those who dont have the luxury of a garden as they are never provided in modern state housing . We would be hit badly by such plans because we dont eat the conventional UK diet . Meat is a luxury we can do without except when we find it cheap , most people here have food delivered by the large supermarkets , but you have to order a great deal to meet the delivery requirements .
    Sadly the small isolated villages are just turning into large retirement communities moving up from London , they can sell a tiny house for a million pounds then move up to the wilds and buy a new build mansion which a couple of people rattle around in, they usually have a decent pension so are gradually forcing everybody out by pushing up housing costs. They dont need schools or many public services so dont give a monkeys when they shut . They really despise the local poor and make it very clear that we are all scum to them . Ive met a few nice ones but they are few and far between …rant over

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