Food Stamp Nation: Record High Enrollment: UPDATED


More Americans will use food stamps for Thanksgiving than ever before.

Food pantries experience surge in demand.

From the Weekly Standard.

Food stamps enrollment has hit a new record high. 46,681,833 million are now enrolled in the social welfare program, according to the United States Department of Agriculture, the federal department that runs the program.

Here’s a chart from the minority side of the Senate Budget Committee, outlining the program’s enormous growth:

As the chart shows, when President Obama took office, enrollment in the food stamps program was 31.98 million. Now, not even four years later, it’s a whopping 46.48 million. (In 2002, as the chart states, “19.1 million Americans received food stamps.”)

In fact, the newly released data represents enrollment in July (the last month for which data is available). Assuming the program remained on its projected path, the number of those enrolled in food stamps is likely now larger by several hundreds of thousands.

“USDA has engaged in an aggressive outreach and promotional campaign to boost food stamp enrollment. Among these efforts are an ongoing partnership with the Mexican government to advertise food stamps to Mexican nationals, migrant workers, and non-citizen immigrants. Partly as a result of these efforts, the number of non-citizens on food stamps has quadrupled since 2001,” explains the Republican side of the Senate Budget Committee.

And the cost, the committee explains, is astronomical. “Total spending on food stamps is projected to reach nearly $800 billion over the next 10 years, with no fewer than 1 in 9 people on the program at any given time. Neither food stamp participation nor spending on the program are ever projected to return to pre-recession levels at any point in the next 10 years.”

How’s that change working out?

3 thoughts on “Food Stamp Nation: Record High Enrollment: UPDATED”

  1. Pingback: USDA partnering with Mexico to boost food stamp participation | Congressman Tom Tancredo

  2. Food stamp junkies are getting scared and the tension is certainly getting higher:

    Something about Romney in last night’s debate put all of the food stamp junkies on edge last night.

    This is the first time in my life I have made a reference to an Alex Jones article. My reasoning? He was out in front on the previous round of tweets and it appears that he is continuing to stay on top of it. I agree with his article. Main stream liberal media will ignore this one.

    Many tweets threatening Romney’s life. A lot of people hooked on food stamps out there living in fear. Obama is the top drug dealer in this nation. The solution? Cold turkey. Just be ready for the liberals to riot. My reloading over the weekend set aside another 2,000 rounds of ammo.

    Keep reloading my friends. This season will be a target rich environment. Good hunting.

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