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Uh Oh: 47 Million Food Stamp Recipients Are Having Their Benefits Cut Back On November 1st

Crying Girl - Photo by D Sharon Pruitt47.6 million Americans are about to have their food stamp benefits cut, and most of them have absolutely no idea that it is about to happen.  Needless to say, a lot of them are going to be very angry when they discover that they cannot buy as much food for their families anymore.  The reason that this is happening is because a temporary boost to food stamp benefits that was put in during the last recession is expiring.  But most of the people that are having their benefits cut will not understand this.  Most of them will just be very upset that the government is “taking money away” from them.  And considering the “mini-riots” that we witnessed earlier this month when the system that processes food stamp payments went down for a few hours, it is obvious that a lot of food stamp recipients can very easily be pushed over the edge.  So what would happen if we have another “debt ceiling crisis” in Washington D.C. early next year and food stamp benefits are temporarily cut off completely?

Wherever “austerity” has been tried in Europe, it has resulted in protests and riots.  Could a similar thing happen in this country?

NBC News is reporting that ALL food stamp recipients are going to have their food stamp benefits reduced in November.  This is certainly not going to put those living in poverty in a good mood…

Millions of American families could face a sparse holiday table when food stamps benefits get reduced in November, and that could be just the start of deeper cuts to the program to feed poor families.

The modern-day food stamp plan, now called the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, is scheduled to scale back benefits for all recipients on Nov. 1 because a recession-era boost in benefits is expiring.

Sadly, the truth is that food stamp benefits don’t even buy a lot of food right now.  According to the USDA, the average monthly food stamp benefit is approximately $272 per household.

And now it will be even lower.

The government says that a family of four will be getting 36 dollars less per month starting on November 1st.

That may not sound like a lot to you, but for those living on the edge of poverty it can make a huge difference.

What are impoverished families supposed to do?  Eat a diet that consists entirely of Ramen noodles?

Of course the real solution would be to provide good paying jobs for those families, but unfortunately our leaders continue to pursue policies that are systematically killing American jobs so that is not going to happen.

Meanwhile, those living in poverty continue to become angrier and more frustrated.

We got a glimpse of this earlier this month.  The following is a brief excerpt from a recent article posted on offgridsurvival.com

Over the weekend, the debit system that allows people on government assistance to buy food, temporarily went down. The resulting chaos is a small glimpse at what I believe will happen, should the government plunge this country into some sort of economic collapse.

A couple of Walmarts in Louisiana decided to allow people to shop, even though the system was down and they had no real way of knowing how much credit people had on their cards. The resulting chaos had the store’s shelves in Springhill and Mansfield, LA stripped bare, as food stamp recipients attempted to defraud the grocery stores.

When the system went back online, the grocery store found people who had as little as .49 on their Food Stamp cards attempting to steal over $700 in food. Local police were called in as the crowd started to turn ugly, and overflowing grocery carts were left abandoned in the aisles.

You can watch a video news report about what happened at these Wal-Mart stores right here

But this is just the beginning.  To get an idea of what is eventually coming to America, just check out what is happening in Italy right now

Demonstrators clashed with Italian police on Saturday as tens of thousands marched through Rome to protest against unemployment, government cuts and big construction projects they say take money away from social services.

Hooded protesters turned over garbage bins in front of the Economy Ministry and set several of them on fire. Using sticks and clubs, they attacked police in riot gear. The police charged and chased demonstrators up side streets.

The hooded demonstrators, who infiltrated a mostly peaceful protest, threw smoke bombs, eggs and bottles at the ministry and broke the window of a nearby bank.

As poverty continues to grow and government handouts continue to get cut back, the desperation of those living in poverty in this country is going to continue to increase.

At this moment, there are 6 million Americans in the 16 to 24-year-old age group that are neither in school or working.  In fact, a whole bunch of major U.S. cities currently have more than 100,000 “idle youth” living in them…

Just look at some of the nation’s largest cities. Chicago, Houston, Dallas, Miami, Philadelphia, New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta and Riverside, Calif., all have more than 100,000 idle youth, the Opportunity Nation report found.

It is only a matter of time until we see massive riots and huge crime waves in many of those cities.

The conditions for a “perfect storm” are already here.

All we need is a spark.

According to a brand new Pew Research survey, only 19 percent of all Americans trust the government.   Back in 1958, 73 percent of all Americans trusted the government.

Right now, only 23 percent of all Americans have a favorable view of Congress.  Back in 1985, 67 percent of all Americans did.

Anger and frustration are growing and our society is breaking down all around us.

Get ready while you still can.

  • Rodster

    It truly sucks to see people suffer especially little kids who are growing up and looking at what their future will be like.

    What sucks even more are the corrupt, criminal politicians led by the “Progressive Movement” who along with the criminal Banksters have enslaved this Nation and our youth in perpetual debt.

    The politicians from both parties have installed their GRID SYSTEM which dictates how you will eat, where you will buy your food, where you get your electricity from etc.

    Trying to go against the system will either get you a FINE or worse, land you in jail. So the Gov’t instead of helping it’s people to become more independent of the system such as growing your own food they instead enslave you and try to lock you into their system which serves 2 purposes:

    1) It makes you more dependent on them.
    2) It in turn gives them more Power and Control over your life.

  • Dave Webb

    “let them eat cake” Marie Antonette said as a joke.
    It cost her head as the French Revolution took place and they rounded up all the royalty they could find and killed them.
    The problem with a small elite is how easy it is for them to become a target of those with nothing to lose.
    Those people on food stamps are that group with nothing to lose.
    Those groceries left in the isles of Walmart had to be thrown away. I think it is a government regulation that keeps them from returning them to the shelves once they are in the carts.
    Xerox I understand owns the food debt card software. Walmart is claiming they have to pay for everything that went wrong. So Walmart really didn’t care if they took the groceries or not as long as someone has to pay the bill.
    The problem is the huge number of people with no way to make a living in the current economy. Most of them are just people down on their luck and with no way of supporting themselves so they turn to welfare of one kind or another.
    But for the grace of God go you and I. And it can happen to any one of us.
    I think we have no choice. We have to find ways to put all the people we can back to work doing something productive and paying taxes.
    That is going to take someone with a lot more guts than the current bunch in Congress and the White House.
    It is also going to take a lot of fortitude on the part of those that are down and out with no place to go.
    It is not financially feasible to imprison these people at roughly $40K a year. That is not a good solution.
    The only real solution that will work is for all of us to work together and change what is wrong starting with those that represent us now in the Congress.
    That is what happened in the 30s. Well this is our 30s. I suspect a quiet revolution of those silent majority people at the next election. The question is who will come forward to make the changes that will be necessary?
    Uneasy are the heads that hold the crowns all over this planet. Let us hope the change to come is peacefully done.

    • Rodster

      As Gerald Celente likes to say: “When people lose everything and have nothing else to lose, THEY LOSE IT!”

  • Uh-Huh

    The average amount of monthly food stamps PER participant is $133.07 according to the USDA Food and Nutrition Service as of FY2013 to date, so the average monthly amount of food stamps for a family of four would be $532.28. That is NOT a horrible amount even minus the 36.00. HOWEVER, lobster might be out of the question.

    Note: Their “household average” consists of TWO whole participants and a bare fraction of a third participant…which is NOT that many people per household…$275.13 per HOUSEHOLD is a deceptive statement meant to garner sympathy (272.00 was their July 2013 figure).

  • Dan

    Ignore this comment. It was posted by a spammer who did not read the article whatsoever. It was only posted to gain a link back to their retail website to increase their Search Engine Optimization.

  • N.A.

    I find the wording here curious. When people (and I know they think like this) react to their money being taken away or cut back it is rather ironic in that is it not really their money to begin with. It is “found” money, in a sense, a gift, a blessing and as it is now known, as an entitlement (more on that usage later). One truly should view this not as something which one deserves but something which one is lucky enough to get – and make plans for when that money is not longer streaming their way. I really can’t fathom why people think that these things are some type of bottomless pit or resource on which they can draw indefinitely. They did this “mental fooling or fraud” to themselves by conveniently forgetting that the dole and its offshoots are not entitlements (something to which they have a right). It seems our society has twisted the true meaning of the word.

  • 2¢Wurth

    I have four apartments, three occupied by EBT beneficiaries. From the time each individual moved in they have had access to a large garden area, a greenhouse, a henhouse and a large rabbit hutch. They will average around $5.20 in benefits per person per day after the 1 November reduction. Not one renter has expressed any desire to help plant or maintain any facet of the property. There are also 18 fully grown fruit trees (14 varieties) and most of the fruit has rotted on the ground. So, Michael, I understand your concern, but I feel the bar must be lowered much further before I will feel sorry for them. They would much rather play video games than cultivate a tomato plant.

    • Kevin

      You are so right.

  • Anonymous

    The trouble with these Elite is that the World is now becomming a very small place for them indeed. And only their sheer arrogance and Ego makes them think that they are untouchable. The internet has put pay to that.
    I certainly can only imagine, that I would not want to be in their shoes one bit in the not so distant.

    • Chris Roberts

      The services of the elite are truly not needed. The future belongs to the people and those with the ability to create social harmony. It will take movement with a better form of christian love to help the masses experience their true potential and unite with their fellow man instead of being separated and scared of one another. The dignity of man can be improved with a class consciousness or movement to promote peace and social harmony all it will take is people believing in dignity and the emergence of a new world.

  • Anonymous

    I mean for a Primeminister of the UK to turn around and say to old age people that if your cold this Winter, put a jumper on. Kind of says it all really.
    These people are beyond contempt.

  • http://Endoftheamericandream.com Upset

    So those people get upset. I work hard for my money, have had a pay freeze put in place, have had my workload increased because of job cuts and although I’m happy to have a job (and actually am WILLING to work) my damn taxes keep going up making it harder for me to get food and such. We ALL have to sacrifice and if those on freebies don’t like it they can MOVE out of country! Sick and tired of hearing them bitch and moan! During the last EBT “glitch”, they “tweeted” about rioting on their SMARTPHONES! Damn spoiled brats!

    • Can’t believe it!

      my feelings exactly Upset! The term smartphones being used by the ones planning to riot gets me upset! they can’t afford to buy a gallon of milk or a loaf of bread without the government “helping” them out but they can afford a blasted cell phone! It’s funny cause I work, pay for my own cell phone, milk and bread and still pay my taxes to help thse people be lazy or a better term that I like, “sorry”!! It just amazes me and also pisses me off!!

  • Can’t believe it!

    Oh, but I forgot! The goverment is probably also assisting them with the cell phone! Sure wish someone would pay my bill for the phone I have to have to keep in touch with my mom, who is 85, and that I am taking care of, working and paying my bills and part of “theirs’ too! There probably won’t be enough money in the social security bank when I get ready to retire to support me! Wonder who I can depend on to help me then??!!

  • RKB

    The MSM is going to ignore this welfare benefit cut best they can since their guy is in the White House. How “ignorable” it stays is anyone’s guess.

    There is a normalcy bias among the much of the poor that government sugar daddies, like Obama, will take care of them. Absent this, logical alternative is crime (for those who can partake) – the shrinking numbers of “good people” will suffer.

    Churches, charities, friends societies all either enfeebled or extinct have been replaced by one-stop-shopping government programs. The former offered choices, not perfect, but people survived for years with them.

  • Lynn Swofford

    My husband works two jobs and 70-80 hours a week and we still qualify for food stamps to help feed the kids. There are a lot of families like ours in our neighborhood who are clipping coupons, eating ramen, spaghetti, etc. for dinner, working desperately hard and still barely making it. I know a lot of people abuse food stamps, but there are a lot of us that don’t. Just thought I’d let you know not all people on food stamps are lazy and cheating the system. I wish there was a way to kick them off – I wish you had to have a least a 40 hour/week job in order to qualify…

    • Meggie Thrice

      No question people are hurting financially but government help isn’t the only answer. If food stamps were cut off completely, would your family starve or would you find another way? I am certain you would find a way because you are responsible and resourceful…that is obvious from your comment.

      • Kevin

        Yes,some would starve or resort to crime.You want that? What if you are handicapped? or hurt?

    • Kevin

      If you worked forty hrs. a week,you wouldn’t need stamps……..and everyone with a job would qualify !!!!?????????wth are you thinking/

  • YH

    Soylent Green anyone?

  • http://Freebies John

    I’m not a bible pounder but I have been listening
    Lately to the King James Version. I think one of the
    Commenters was right, but for the grace of God
    Go I. Sure, I work every day and pay taxes and
    I don’t agree with entitlement programs. I think they’re
    Rampant with fraud and abuse but whatever
    Happened to helping thy neighbor and trusting
    GOD, the foundations that built this country? Is there
    Someone close to you that you may help find
    A job? Do you own a business and may employ
    Some people? There’s got to be something each of
    Us could DO, rather than whining And complaining.
    If u want the problem gone, DO something about
    It TODAY!

  • laura m.

    Lower income couples (like we were until our mid forty’s) shouldn’t breed; we chose not to. Kids deserve parents who can provide without going on gov. assistance. Kids may grow up and wonder why their parents were losers and had kids they couldn’t afford. I knew the risks and expenses of breeding before all this welfare stuff got out of control decades ago. Stuck in stupid ignorant people don’t understand that the more mouths to feed and raise, the lower their standard of living goes. Not rocket science.

    • Chris Roberts

      I agree I have meet women desperate to have kids live their own life and raise kids the outcome is total disaster project kids that have fathers filling up jails its happening right now. For 10 years I have refrained from even dating because I am terrified a condom will bust. The best beat for men on low wages or couples is to wait till they have a liveable wage so no curse of poverty ,alienation,drug abuse etc will fall upon them. My financial situation and employment situation is serious but no where as serious for those that have families and work on $7.50 and hour.

  • Meggie Thrice

    Even at $272 for a family of four, it would be a manageable food budget. People do need some help in knowing how to shop and have to cook. I eat very well on a food budget of $125 per month that includes diet Pepsi as a staple.

    • Chris Robert

      Yes that is a great budget for a Buddhist monk that eats Ramon noodles and drinks clean water.

    • Kevin

      Yea,$125 for I person,this is four people.According to your own math,this would be $500 dollars compared to $272 !!!!are you even listening to yourself? I’ll bet your a 125 pound women that doesn’t eat alot either.

  • Chris

    This is not a third world country a family of 4 needs atleast $400 a month to eat nutritious and healthy meals.I think congress should work to nationalize the housing and business sectors and teach people Chinese quickly so we can create jobs that pay men enough to rent in ghettos and not just with mom and dad. Our current wages where wages I worked on over 19 years ago as a bag boy just entering the job market. This is really scary and serious . Whats going to happen to the men here if they can even make enough to sleep with their own women and god forbid a transexual they will fill up prison.

  • olengrumpy

    the government needs to make cuts to itself, overpaid, bloated, incompetent and useless