Why are so many people on food stamps?

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  1. arizonataylor profile image79
    arizonataylorposted 11 years ago

    Why are so many people on food stamps?

  2. Express10 profile image85
    Express10posted 11 years ago

    There are many reasons, a lot of people are unemployed and underemployed. There are people who are working several jobs and not making ends meet and others who either choose not to work or cannot find work.

    The numbers are hovering around 46 million people using food stamps and this represents about 15% of people in our country using this last resort to stave off hunger. This number is exceedingly high and should be a red flag.

    While there are many people who feel that some jobs are beneath them or are waiting for a better job opening and choose not to find any type of work or accept what's offered/available, there truly are some areas in this country where there are literally not even any fast food or retail store openings.

  3. Josak profile image60
    Josakposted 11 years ago

    because they can't find work basically. It's tough out there at the moment.

  4. peeples profile image93
    peeplesposted 11 years ago

    1. They need them to provide basic needs for their families due to illness, lack of available work, lay off, or working a job that doesn't pay enough to provide all needs.
    2. They are abusing the system. Social Services Departments are under staffed, under paid, and over worked. This leads to slack in the system.
    3. People don't budget their money well enough to provide the basics for their family.
    I think a lot of low income people could do more with their money and support their families without foodstamps if they were showed better ways of managing their money. A family of 4 could easily eat on under $50 a week. The government could do some good by offering finance classes, budget classes, and couponing classes and lowering the amount of food stamps issued in the process.

    1. Josak profile image60
      Josakposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Budgeting classes is an excellent idea.

    2. KK Trainor profile image60
      KK Trainorposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      They could also teach something other than eating fresh everything, since produce and meat costs more than anything else in the grocery store. How about some cheaper alternatives for low income people?  It may be healthy, but it's not cheap!

    3. peeples profile image93
      peeplesposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      I disagree on that. I eat healthy for the same cost as junk food. This is where maybe cooking classes could be added to my list of things they need to offer. Fresh ingrediants make healthy meals.

    4. KK Trainor profile image60
      KK Trainorposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Well I wasn't talking about junk food, just food that doesn't require buying expensive meat or fresh fruit and veggies. There is an in between, and it's usually the most affordable, but may be grains, which can be pretty fattening.

    5. DS Duby profile image84
      DS Dubyposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Excellent answer

  5. Dr Billy Kidd profile image90
    Dr Billy Kiddposted 11 years ago

    President Bush deregulated Wall Street, and that led to a near total collapse of the world's financial institutions. Millions of people became unemployed. The American economy hasn't recovered just yet. So people are getting food suplements from the grovernment rather than begging on street corners.

    Lot's of folks like to say that Obama did it, that he wants a food stamp nation. But that's crazy talk. People like Bush and Obama want what's best for America, but sometimes it just doesn't turn out that way.

    1. KK Trainor profile image60
      KK Trainorposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Wow, I've never heard anyone blame Bush for anything before. How original!

    2. Josak profile image60
      Josakposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Well KK he took a healthy economy with falling poverty and in his two terms drove it into a massive recession and skyrocketing poverty... Now if it's a cliche it's only because it's so true.

    3. lovemychris profile image76
      lovemychrisposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      The 1 percent has nearly tripled its share of America's income http://ow.ly/cZFkC
      Accident? like the dog ate my homework! It's not a conspiracy, it's a plan.

  6. profile image0
    Old Empresarioposted 11 years ago

    Because we have a lot of poor people in this country who don't make much money.

  7. lovemychris profile image76
    lovemychrisposted 11 years ago

    Cost of living is too high, wages are deplorable. Profit uber alles.

  8. H P Roychoudhury profile image43
    H P Roychoudhuryposted 11 years ago

    Cost of living is high and the earning of common people is remarkably low. Under such circumstances the Government must provide a system where poor people can buy the essential food staff with low prize.


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