Food Stamps As Of September 2011

This post is an update to previous posts concerning food stamps.  The program is officially called “Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program,” or SNAP.  As stated on the SNAP website, “As of Oct. 1, 2008, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is the new name for the federal Food Stamp Program.” The data was last updated September 1, 2011, reflecting June 2011 levels. …

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Food Stamps As Of April 2011

This post is an update to previous posts concerning food stamps.  The program is officially called “Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program,” or SNAP.  As stated on the SNAP website, “As of Oct. 1, 2008, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is the new name for the federal Food Stamp Program.” The data was last updated April 29, 2011, reflecting …

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Food Stamps As Of December 2010

This post is an update to previous posts concerning food stamps.  The program is officially called “Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program,” or SNAP.  As stated on the SNAP website, “As of Oct. 1, 2008, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is the new name for the federal Food Stamp Program.” The data was last updated December 2, …

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Food Stamps

I came upon some statistics with regard to food stamps.  The program is called “Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program,” or SNAP. The figures are impressively large, unfortunately.  As well, the growth rates are brisk. Here is a table showing the Number of People Participating; as of January the figure is 39,430,724 up 22.4% from year-ago levels. …

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Food Bank Article

On October 30 The Chicago Tribune had an article titled “Trying to keep up with hunger.”  The article was about food assistance provided by the Northern Illinois Food Bank, of which Dennis Smith is executive director and CEO. There are some interesting (and disturbing) passages in the article.  Here are a few: “‘The number of people visiting …

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“First Time of Adversity” Effect

There was a recent article in The Wall Street Journal titled “Detroit’s Food Banks Strain to Serve Middle Class”: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124718194179420129.html One aspect that caught my attention was the mention of people who are receiving aid for the first time.  In fact, the story points out that some people who used to be donors to the …

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