Monday, November 22, 2010

42,389,619 Americans Received Food Stamps In August

In US, 14% Rely on Food Stamps, Wall Street Journal, November 4, 2010
"Some 42,389,619 Americans received food stamps in August, a 17% rise from the same time a year ago, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which tracks the data. That number is up 58.5% from August 2007, before the recession began."
On top of that, unemployment benefits expire in 8 days:
Jobless Benefits Bill Fails In House Of Representatives, Politico, November 19, 2010
"The House failed to pass a three-month extension of jobless benefits Thursday. ... Approximately 4 million people could lose benefits."
Who is eating all this organic, artisan food?
Photo from: Food Stamp Use Soars, and Stigma Fades, New York Times, 2009.
"Stockpiles of food for the needy in the Lebanon Food Pantry in Lebanon, Ohio, where residents can also sign up for food stamps."

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