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Thursday, October 22, 2009

Food Stamps Why The Shame?

I was reading an article were a youngman were advocating for the use of food stamps for the underemployed... And,some of the commenter seems to be making fun of people who needed them...Any way The New York Times covered a NYU journalism graduate student who is receiving food stamps, since he only makes $450 a month through freelance writing jobs...The young man in question made a wonderful and valid point—food stamps exist to help anyone who qualifies for the program, whether a struggling family of four or a grad student, and nobody should feel ashamed to participate in the program.

I checked out the website for the Department of Agriculture's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, the agency that supplies food stamps. The primary requirement is that the family or individual's income should be 130 percent or less of the federal poverty guidelines, which is why the grad student was eligible...You have to apply for food stamps on a state level, and a handful of states even offer online applications—handy!
Question:
Do you know anyone on food stamps?
Does it surprise you to read about a grad student using the program?
Would you apply for food stamps?
What's wrong with seeking help if needed?
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  1. Hi there!

    It doesn't surprise me that a graduate student qualifies for food stamps if that person doesn't even have a full-time job.

    I think that people in general are ashamed to accept any type of "welfare program" and most people see food stamps in the same vein as being on welfare. However, any government aid can be deemed "welfare"!

    Peace, blessings and DUNAMIS!
    Lisa

    P.S. Did you know that Bishop Weeks got married on Saturday to another Prophetess?

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  2. I see nothing wrong with them if you need help. When I was in college for undergrad and was on financial aid I qualified and received about $120 a month in food stamps. It was on a card and was refilled every month. It was a help.

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  3. Hello Ann,

    I think you hit on a very important point "how people view foodstamps, and those that use them".

    Food stamps are nothing more than money. I am sure those that have received or are waiting for one of those Government stimulus check, do not look at those with a slanted eye.

    The beauty of food stamps is that they must be used to purchase food. Unlike the other "bail-outs" "assistance", "help", that only the lord knows where the money goes, this program is probably the best bang for our buck.

    I pity the fool that needs no one. Or, believes they can go through life without struggles.

    On a side note, it's easy to talk about having "belief"... until it has to be called on.

    On another side note. Many associate welfare and/or foodstamp with disadvantaged blacks. Yet the truth will uncover a fact that 75% of the "welfare" dollars go to whites.

    Maybe that has something to do with the stigma attached to foodstamps. Translation: To do like them, I might be just like them.... "oh lord, that can never be"

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  6. A bunch of my friends had food stamps while we were in undergrad.

    It's unfortunate the stigma associated with food stamps, when they could really be a help to a lot of people.

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  7. One of my first positions out of college was as an Eligibility Determinations Examiner in the state of Louisiana. In effect I determined a citizen's eligibility for receiving Food Stamps and AFDC, it was a very depressing job. I ended up quitting after they threatened to promote me to supervisor.

    I took the threat seriously and moved on.

    That position changed the way I view those poor unfortunate people that need to subsist with the help of Food Stamps. Those people are grandmothers and great aunts and people who have a great deal of difficulty making ends meet. To be honest, I'd rather see my tax dollars go to feed poor hungry people here; than to see it go to pay for million dollar bombs that are routinely dropped on $2000.00 buildings in the middle east.

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  8. When I was in grad school, I knew that grad students could quality, but for some reason, I never took the time to do so. I think it was mainly because of two reasons: I was too proud and the stigma attached to food stamps.

    I was taught that public assistance was the last resort, so though I was dead broke, I did not think to apply. Also, most people look down on those on public assistance, and I didn't want the negative scrutiny.

    However, if I had to do it all over again, I would be a food stamp spending something. At this time I finally realize that there is no shame in accepting assistance when one needs assistance.

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  10. Good point Max, I love it when someone says "I" raise my hand. You admitted to looking through the eyes of another person.... that's big!

    I love it when someone says "I" made a misstake. Big ups my man.

    @ Ms. Mary, if you think those "coupon things" played on a persons mind.... before them, we had to stand in the government assistance lines. Yep, long lines to get cheese, canned pork, butter, flour, powdered milk, cereal, corn meal, etc,.

    Yep, I pity the fool that's never been down. Thay might not know how good they have it. Sometimes I have to lay my head in the hands of "grateful".

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  11. I don't think there is as much shame as it use to be. Like someone said. People use to have to stand in line back in the day and they had the coupons back in the day. There was a stigma associated with the "stamps" back then. I especially felt it as a child. My mother got them to supplement her check. She was working and it was four of us kids so we needed them. There is a card now and it looks like any other debit/credit card, but I don't think people should be ashame. I think people should be ashame who abuse the program b/c it could be more for other people. My sister works and has two children and doesn't get that many but other people who could work get alot because they don't want to work at all. I hear they have better rules in place for that now.

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  12. @Hello Lisa! and thanks for your comment...Lisa I agree with your statement but I don't understand why be ashamed of needing help could it be because of "pride"?
    Lisa the Prophetess and the Bishop needs to sit it down.

    @Humbly Beautiful, thanks for your comment that's the question I am saying "what's wrong with them if you need help"

    @Carey thanks for your comment and you know how to keep it real...I love that!..."Food stamps are nothing more than money"

    @Mary thanks for your comment and I co-sign with you and Carey: "I pity the fool who thinks he needs no one"

    @A.Smith thanks for your comment...I wonder why we attach a stigma with needing food?

    @Reggie thanks for your comment...My daughter is a social worker and she's at a point of being burn-out...But when offer the supervisor position she took it...I believe she took the position because she believe she could make a difference...But I don't know!

    @Max Reddick thanks for your comment and for being real...Your reasons for not accepting help is what I here from most people.

    @Trudi, thanks for your comment.. I think now days they give you a card with the amount of cash so all you have to do is swipe.

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  13. More people are using Food Stamps today than any other time in history. As a matter of fact, with the state of the economy, Food Stamps are ruled to be the biggest boost to the economy right now. What needs to happen is another amendment which would extend benefits yet again with the number of people currently unemployed.

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  14. Well, when I was unemployed back in 2003 with my wife, three kids and one on the way, at first I wasn't going to apply....then my friend reminded me that I had 3 honorable discharges so why the hell was I not getting an entitlement from the governement I served, not to mention I had paid taxes into that system for many years.

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  15. How do I go about getting food stamps if I'm a recent college graduate that is unemployed? I have no children, not married,don't own my own house or apt, but I don't have any financial help from family and I'm living with a roommate(free rent) who barely can help me financially(including food).
    Btw,I am always looking for a job everyday via internet and going out doing applications.

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  16. @Rippa, thanks for your comment...It's hard times in America right now.

    @DJ Black Adam thanks for your comment...Three honorable discharges,WOW! Thanks for your services brother.

    @Anonymous thanks for your comment...But honestly I don't no what you can do...I've posted a link in the post maybe that will help.Good luck!

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  17. I don't think there is as much shame as it use to be. Like someone said. People use to have to stand in line back in the day and they had the coupons back in the day. There was a stigma associated with the "stamps" back then. I especially felt it as a child. My mother got them to supplement her check. She was working and it was four of us kids so we needed them. There is a card now and it looks like any other debit/credit card, but I don't think people should be ashame. I think people should be ashame who abuse the program b/c it could be more for other people. My sister works and has two children and doesn't get that many but other people who could work get alot because they don't want to work at all. I hear they have better rules in place for that now.

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  18. To help fight the stigma against using food stamps. There is new product out in the market called food stamps skins which allow people to personalize their EBT card and protect their privacy! you can check it out here www.foodstampscovers.com ..

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