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In California, 5.5 million people are eligible for food stamps, but the enrollment rate is only 50 percent, the analysis said. The CFPA said that's a problem, not only for the families struggling, but also for the local and state government missing out on the potential revenue. "Low food stamp participation means less for all Californians - less nutrition assistance for eligible households, less economic activity, and less sales tax revenue for the state and local governments," nutrition policy advocate Tia Shimada wrote on behalf of the group. The United States Department of Agriculture asserts that every federal food stamp dollar spent generates $1.84 in economic activity.
The average family receives $341 a month in food stamps, she said, which can free up money for other necessities like transportation or gas, as well as items that are often taxable, such as clothes. The CFPA said if enrollment were 100 percent, the state could see nearly $7 billion in additional economic activity per year. About $49 million of that would be generated in Shasta County. Families get fed and the county gets the cash infusion, Champe said. "It's a total win-win situation."
Originally posted by calstorm
So you are hurting the economy if you don't rely on the government for assistance?