you know i think its funny all the people that have posted in this thread saying people on food stamps should be limited on what they can buy (IE off
brand vs name brand) or the amounts of certain items they can buy or items that they shouldn't be aloud to buy at all (IE potato chips) When the
simple fact of the matter is if the shoe was reversed and you were the one drawing food stamps you'd be pretty pissed if someone was saying oh since
your drawing food stamps you can't buy this, you can only buy so many of these and you can only buy off brand not name brand. Honestly JUST STFU
Not everyone that draws food stamps abuses the system, Not every one that draws them wants to draw them but only do so to put food on the table for
their kids. you don't have the right to tell anyone what they should buy or not to buy and neither does the government.
Do people always buy what they should buy even if they are using money they earned? Hell no. But that is their choice!
Like Wantsome said Everyones situation for being on food stamps is different and you don't know their situation! Some people are eligible for
foodstamps because like wantsome they are sick, or they have a disability. some are eligible because they got laid off from their job that they have
had for years. some are eligible because they are a single parent and have trouble making ends met even with the best job they can get, or while they
are going back to school so they can get a better job. and some are eligible because they are just lazy.
So lets look at foodstamps and welfare. excluding unemployment. i can only speak for the state of missouri. A friend of mine is a social worker for
the state. i was curious so i asked her if i was to lose my job right now ( very real possibility) what i would be eligible for. I'm a family of 3.
so we'll take a family of 3.
if they make less than $1900 gross they are eligible for $526 in food stamps a month that equals $131.50 a week for food. and that $526 can only be
spent on food! and only food that isn't bought hot at the store. (ie cooked meat from the deli like chicken tenders, rotisseri chicken etc.)
that $526 dollars is all they are eligibly for if they have any other kind of income.
now as for the actual walfare. a family of 3 with no income what so ever is eligible for $292 a month from the temporary cash assistance program. and
upto $526 from the food stamps, the state has the option to lower your food stamp benefits if you draw cash assistance.
now that $292 can be spent on whatever you want. but its purpose is to be applied to bills and basic necessities ( ie laundry soap, bath soap,
toothpaste, etc) $292 dollars a month doesn't really go that far.
now in the state of missouri if you draw food stamps and you have no other health insurance Children are automatically enrolled in medicaid. however
adults are not. Adults can only get medicaid if their income is less than $300 a month. yes you read that right less than $300 a month. Unless your
disabled or have a disease that keeps you from working. But if a family is drawing cash assistance which is $292 a month for that family of 3 then
adults who are not disabled cannot be enrolled in medicaid.
also any family that the youngest child is over the age of 6 every adult in the family is required to report to the unemployment office and perfom
assisted job searches until you find work.
So all you people bitching about people on food stamps being lazy or they should be limited on what they can buy really need to look at yourselves in
a mirror and ask yourself could you support yourself and your family on what i've laid out here? granted eligibity is different from state to state
but just use my examples here as an example for you.
also keep in mind that food prices are getting higher by the week it seems like even on those covetted off brands your screaming people on food stamps
should be limited to buy.
so again ask yourself can you feed you and your family on $526 a month and put food on the table every day and not run short on money to buy food or
run short of food before the end of the month?
edit on 9/24/2010 by Mercenary2007 because: (no reason given)