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Food-Stamp Stories: Abuse of Public Assistance in America

Updated on June 28, 2015

One of Every 50 Federal Dollars Buys Food Stamps

History of Food Stamps in America

The FSP started on May 16, 1939, and it didn’t take long before there was fraud in the program. In October of 1939, Nick Salzano was the first retailer caught violating program rules. Contrary to common belief, the FSP hasn’t been in effect since the Great Depression. In fact, the program ended in 1943, during World War II. The original intent of the FSP wasn’t to perpetually feed people. It was intended to help people while there was widespread unemployment. World War II ended America’s unemployment problems. Congressional lobbying throughout much of the 1950’s resulted in a new interest in bringing back the FSP program. On February 2, 1961, John Kennedy’s first Executive Order called for expanded food distribution; he announced that a food-stamp pilot program would begin. This pilot program resulted in a permanent program in 1964. By 1974, the FSP was nationwide and also included Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. Since October 1, 2008, the FSP has been referred to as SNAP, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Approximately one in seven Americans received food-stamp assistance in 2012, equating to approximately two percent of the federal budget.

By the way, is somebody advertising unemployment benefits, SNAP, or welfare benefits on this site? Isn't it ironic that a site detailing the fact that there is rampant FSP fraud has an advertisement to actually get more people on food stamps? Doesn't that speak volumes about the true aim of our government? America wants more people on food stamps!

Don't get me wrong, I have the utmost respect for people who are struggling and need assistance, people who work but have a hard time feeding their families. The problem arises when people, both recipients and retailers, commit FSP fraud, or people ask for assistance when they truly don't need it. Then, I'm outraged. Aren't you?

Food-Stamp Fraud

Food Stamp Fraud - The Real Cost

Americans spend more than $80 billion each year financing food stamps. The government estimates that FSP fraud amounts to approximately $750 million. Few watchdog groups agree with this statistic and instead say that FSP fraud is much more prevalent, and the cost is much greater.

For more videos exposing food-stamp fraud, please page to the bottom of this site.

Lottery Winner Is on Food Stamps

Lottery Winner is Still on Food Stamps

Should Wealthy People Be on Food Stamps?

These lottery winners try to justify being on food stamps. The real issue is that they continued to qualify for assistance. What does that say about how easy it is to qualify for food stamps? What does this say about the mentality of some food-stamp recipients?

To illustrate the fact that this is not an isolated incident, I've included two different videos about two different lottery winners who have abused the food-stamp system.

Food-Stamp Parties?

Does America Want More People on Food Stamps?

The food-stamp program was originally intended to help the neediest of families. The government didn't want people on food stamps but acknowledged the honest fact that some people needed temporary assistance. People worked to get off food stamps. When did being on food stamps become so mainstream, so common? Why don't more people want to get off of food stamps? Check out these videos, and you might be shocked.

America wants more people on food stamps! If you don't believe this is true, listen to the commercial in the first video. If the first video doesn't convince you, check out the second video. Does the government really want you to throw a food-stamp party to convince additional people to sign up for assistance?

Are you convinced that there's a problem with America's FSP? If not, keep watching. There's simply no shortage of videos on FSP abuse and fraud.

2NEWS Investigates Food-Stamp System Abuse

Police Seize $170K in Food-Stamp Fraud Raids

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    • profile imageAUTHOR

      Education Answer 

      4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Well put!

      Don't forget to sign up for you subsidized Obamacare plan after you eat a bag of Doritos and a two-liter of Pepsi that you purchased with food stamps.

      What are we thinking? I wish more people would see the problem you've identified.

      Best wishes.

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      4 years ago

      I agree with your hub. What kills me about food stamps is places like 7-11 and other gas stations accept food stamps. The "Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program" allows you to get food at place like 7-11 where there is very little nutritionly dense food. It is dumb!

      Leads me to the point that not only does the government want power over you, they also want you to be unhealthy so they can make billions from health care. hundreds of Billions of dollars in revenue comes from the health care industry and the government has their hand in that pot. Actually they have two hands in that pot. This is why you can use your "Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program" at 7-11 to get a 2 litter of Mt. Dew and pack of chips. The more unhealthy you are the more the government makes off your hospital stay, pill prescriptions, doctor visits, exc. Food stamps kill me because of stuff like this.

      If the government wants to help, help people by providing locally grown fruits, veggies, grains. This would also help support local economies which in turn would help the government. Do not let them use food stamps on 2 litters and cigarettes.

    • profile imageAUTHOR

      Education Answer 

      6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      I couldn't agree with this statement more. Well put.

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      6 years ago from North Carolina

      Does our government want more people on food stamps? Absolutely. More people with more dependency on the government equals more power, money and longevity for those in office. I don't have to work, I don't have to pay to feed my family, I get the wealth that other people work for. Why wouldn't I vote for this person again? Unfortunately people that fit the above description are beginning (or already have?) to outnumber those of us who actually work and contribute to society and the economy. Big government needs big numbers of citizens who are dependent on them to thrive. And thrive they shall if things continue as they are.


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