"Our Children and Grandchildren are not merely statistics towards which we can be indifferent" JFK

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Food Stamps hit record 41.8 million in July

41.8 Million Americans Receiving Food Stamps and
Newt Gingrich uses this sad state of affairs for politial posturing
to cast the Democratic Party as the party of food stamps
while calling the GOP the party of paychecks.

Grandpa remains politically agnostic and deems the political rhetoric associated with food stamps in order to feed one's family repulsive. Blue and Red parties need to get their act together and focus on solutions as continued party bashing does not afford our children a warm meal!

By Alan Bjerga
Oct. 5 (Bloomberg) -- The number of Americans receiving food stamps rose to a record 41.8 million in July as the jobless rate hovered near a 27-year high, the government said.

Recipients of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program subsidies for food purchases jumped 18 percent from a year earlier and increased 1.4 percent from June, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said today in a statement on its website. Participation has set records for 20 straight months.

Unemployment in September may have reached 9.7 percent, according to a Bloomberg News survey of analysts in advance of the release of last month’s rate on Oct. 8. Unemployment was 9.6 percent in July, near levels last seen in 1983.

An average of 43.3 million people, more than an eighth of the population, will get food stamps each month in the year that began Oct. 1, according to White House estimates. Participation by state chart

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