One almost has to laugh at the irony here. Newt Gingrich was recently ravaged in the media, for calling Obama the “food stamp president”, citing the skyrocketing increase of food stamp recipients to 46 million, up two-thirds in only three years. The White House and liberals across the country took great offense to this label, accusing Gingrich of race baiting (although statistics show that there are more white people on food stamps than blacks, but who cares about facts, right?).
Meanwhile, Obama is offering $75,000 grants to groups who can find ways to increase program participation, as the administration feels there are not enough people, specifically seniors and Hispanics, in the SNAP program. This is a joke, right? No, America, it’s real…check it out.
h/t – Big Government
Over the last three years, the number of Americans on food stamps has skyrocketed by two-thirds and stands at a record-high 46 million citizens, or one out of every seven people in the United States. Despite the historic rise in food stamp use, however, the Obama Administration believes not enough people are receiving food stamps who should be and is offering $75,000 grants to groups who devise “effective strategies” to “increase program participation” among those who have yet to sign up.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s website singles out Hispanics and elderly Americans as groups who often fail to enroll in the food stamp program (officially known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP) and says that one of the contributing factors that must be overcome to get more people to sign up for SNAP benefits is individual “pride”:
There are many reasons why eligible people, including seniors and Hispanics, do not participate in the SNAP. These include unawareness of eligibility, confusion about program rules and requirements, a complex application process, and a lack of transportation and pride.
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