August 7th, 2009
06:00 PM ET

1 in 9 Americans receiving food stamps


Traditional food stamps like the ones pictured here are no longer distributed. All 50 states now provide debit-style EBT cards. (PHOTO CREDIT: TIM BOYLE/GETTY IMAGES)

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

A record 34 million Americans are getting food stamps...

This translates to 1 in 9 people and is yet another sign that we're going through the worst recession since the Great Depression.

A government report shows May was the sixth month in a row that food stamp enrollment increased - it was up in every state - with Florida showing the largest jump.

The economic stimulus package has temporarily increased food stamp benefits - with the average now about $134 per person per month.

Although Americans everywhere are clearly hurting - the city of Detroit, Michigan, has been hit especially hard. CNNMoney.com has a sad story about the lack of food in a city where unemployment has topped 16-percent.

Food stamp applications and pantry visits are way up; in some neighborhoods, there are people guarding food supplies. Those looking to help have even resorted to urban farming.

What's especially troubling about this recession in a place like Detroit is the kind of people looking for assistance. It's no longer just the homeless and poor, but now also the middle class... those who maybe lost jobs in the auto industry or home owners who saw the value of their homes evaporate.

Although we're seeing some positive news on the job front nationally today... it's clear millions of Americans will continue to feel the pain of this recession for a long time.

Here’s my question to you: What does it mean when 1 in 9 Americans is receiving food stamps?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Amy from Elkridge, Maryland writes:
Jack, My sister has a PHD in English and has been a college professor for the last 25 years… She was told recently by the University of Pennsylvania that they would not be renewing her full-time contract, and offered her instead one class to teach for practically no money. She went on food stamps this summer to be able to feed her and her daughter. This is so wrong on so many levels.

Sherri from Illinois writes:
Another example of Main Street USA getting its butt kicked to no end and Wall Street laughing and joking because the Dow is over 9,300 so all is well with the world!

Paul from Westminster, Maryland writes:
It means the Republicans controlled the White House and the Congress for six years and now we're paying the bill. Next up for the "just say no" crowd, a watered-down health care bill that will benefit the health insurance companies that give them the money they need to be good Republicans.

Samantha from Portland, Oregon writes:
In a country where obesity is still a huge problem and 1 in 9 people are using food stamps, we clearly have a disconnect between our needs and our greed. I just recently obtained my Masters of Architecture and 2 months later, I am about to join the 1 out of 9 Americans using food stamps. It's sad when one invests so much in an education only to have to appeal to the government for something so basic as food.

Margarita from Colorado writes:
Jack, It means the fat cats at AIG and Goldman Sachs need to be taxed to support those on food stamps - people who have been screwed by the financial industry. They eat caviar, and the middle class goes to food banks.

Jerry from St. Louis writes:
It means that we have serious domestic issues and rising costs for basic necessities. I got to go, Jack. My congressman's private jet just landed and we're throwing him a welcome home party.

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soundoff (81 Responses)
  1. Chad N.

    It means that the consumer, which is 70% of GDP, is nowhere near recovery. That means that the U.S. is nowhere near recovery. It means that we are getting poorer. It means that there is no way for housing to recover, if you cant afford food, you cant afford a house payment. It means that green shoots are so green after all. But most of all it means that the government is lying to the public about the economy.

    August 7, 2009 at 12:54 pm |
  2. Tom from Philly

    it means the reagan revolution was the most revolting public policy change in the worlds history.

    We gave them everything, let them make as much as they want, dismantle the unions, squeeze pay, take away healthcare. Now the american worker doesnt make enough money to buy food. Gee lets cut taxes and deregulate some more and remove all consumer protections, yes that will cause prosperity spontaneously.

    August 7, 2009 at 12:57 pm |
  3. Kevin in Dallas

    That seems about right. Unemployment is at 9.4% and doesn't factor in people who have given up looking for a job.

    August 7, 2009 at 12:58 pm |
  4. Rebecca in SC

    It means that we delayed raising the minimum wage far to long, and we have allowed industry to make huge profits (and increase executive bonuses and pay) by declining to let workers share in the profit from productivity gains. The income disparity in this country is a disgrace.

    August 7, 2009 at 1:22 pm |
  5. Alex in Seattle

    It means that there are hard times in America now.

    August 7, 2009 at 1:24 pm |
  6. John from Alabama

    Jack: It means that 9.4% unemployment equals 11% of this nation on food stamps. They are entitled to them until they get a job. Things are hard outside of the television box and the news is bleak. This nation can feed itself and 1/3 of the rest of the world; therefore, we will feed our own today and tomorrow. Get it!!!

    August 7, 2009 at 1:25 pm |
  7. Dave, Brooklyn, NY

    It means that our once proud nation is beginning to grovel for leftover crumbs from the table of the wealthy who got there on the backs of the middle class.

    August 7, 2009 at 1:27 pm |
  8. Jackie in Dallas

    It goes hand in hand with the fact that nearly 1 in 10 are out of work. The irony is that if you are on unemployment benefits, at least here in Texas, you make too much money to qualify!

    By the way, I want to know - just how are the unemployment figures determined? Because if they are determined by those who have filed for unemployment, when those benefits run out, and they are still unemployed, they fall off the books and out of the statistics.

    August 7, 2009 at 1:30 pm |
  9. Kevin from Montebello CA

    It means that Bush and the Republicans made a big mess that is going to take a long time to clean up. It is a lot easier to break something than it is to fix it.

    August 7, 2009 at 1:33 pm |
  10. Thomas Livesay

    It probably means 7 out of 9 American's are eating free, and you and I are paying for it.

    August 7, 2009 at 1:39 pm |
  11. Bill, Quarryville, Pennsylvania

    It means there are a lot of people who are suffering that were not suffering before this recession. I don't think this story is being heard the way it should. I did not realize that there was 1 in 9 on food stamps until today. Maybe these people should start disrupting town hall meetings so that they might be heard.

    August 7, 2009 at 1:46 pm |
  12. Jayne

    It means trickle down economics, the panacea promoted from Reagan onward by the right, has finally puddled around our feet and it's not money that we're wading through.

    August 7, 2009 at 1:48 pm |
  13. Denny from Tacoma, WA

    There are probably two major reasons for this. The first is due to the poor economy and loss of income. The second is due to the failure of the program to recognize those who really do not need such services but take advantage of them anyway.

    August 7, 2009 at 1:49 pm |
  14. JWC in Atlanta

    It means that eighty nine percent of all other Americans are paying that much more in taxes to cover the cost.

    August 7, 2009 at 1:51 pm |
  15. Irv Lilley

    jack, It shows the effect of the greedy spirit of large corporations that
    think only of their profit. By shipping jobs overseas and other ways
    of draining the economy of its ability to produce money for all
    eligible people.

    August 7, 2009 at 1:52 pm |
  16. Paul Austin, Texas

    It means that even if you are working you still can't make it that is what it means. Many companies are just using the current situation to run not only lean but also pay lean. I rather you ask a funny question for the last one on a Friday at least that gives us all a high note before the weekend.

    August 7, 2009 at 2:02 pm |
  17. Larry, Ohio

    Jack,it means we have become a nanny nation.That losers have become dependant on governent for their need instead of dealing with their own problems like responsible citizens.It also means we have a lot of people on government programs that shouldn't be such as, cheats ,illegals,and double dippers.If you really want to see people find work just stop feeding them.The unemployment numbers will decline dramatically and instantly.When people are hungry that job that they were to good to do,suddenly will do just fine.I qualify for food stamps but refuse to take a government hand out while I'm still able to work.Remember gimme got drowned in a peanut shell!!

    August 7, 2009 at 2:14 pm |
  18. Melissa

    It means that we aren't out of this yet. Its also a sign that not everyone is just out for a free ride.

    August 7, 2009 at 2:17 pm |
  19. Charlie in Belen, New Mexico

    Food stamps, food banks and "charity stores" like the Salvation Army are all indicators that the nation is hurting. An indication that an ever growing number of Americans are bearly making it in the richest country in the world. Most of America is on the outside looking in at the rich banquet enjoyed by only the wealthest .

    August 7, 2009 at 2:18 pm |
  20. Ryan - Galesburg, IL

    Reaganomics has finally worked. Those at the top get the wealth, while crumbs trickle down to the masses.

    August 7, 2009 at 2:24 pm |
  21. Billy in Las Vegas

    it means thank God we have the food stamp program, Jack, or we would have many people starving like during the 1930's. people complain about government programs like unemployment, Medicaid and other until THEY need them. without these programs THIS recession would probably be WORSE than the Great Depression.

    August 7, 2009 at 2:24 pm |
  22. Barbara in NC

    Again – as with Immigration – our jobs have been sold to the lowest bidder thru both in-sourcing and out-sourcing. Now the people that received that low bid money (our politicians) have to feed more and more (that pay nothing in taxes – the jobs for U.S. citizens are gone).

    They sure have their guaranteed retirement from taxpayers tho, and I'm sure a few Insurance Companies are kicking in a good amount of money to each.

    August 7, 2009 at 2:26 pm |
  23. Adam Simi Valley, CA

    It means we need policies that actually create jobs. So far all we have done is given billions away as handouts, but nothing to promote job growth. In fact almost every bill that has been voted on or is likeyl to be voted on has been detrimental to the economy. I hope they fix this soon before I need to get food stamps.

    August 7, 2009 at 2:41 pm |
  24. Katiec Pekin, IL

    It shows our country is in a world of hurt and further supports the need
    for political parties to work together to resolve.
    The survival of our country and us should take priority over everthing else, unfortunately it is not.
    Politics as usual has to stop and 100% attention given to future of
    our United States of America. As you pointed out, everyone has
    become victims. It is time for our politicians to do the jobs they
    were elected to do.

    August 7, 2009 at 2:49 pm |
  25. Tina Tx

    I am surprised it is not a higher number. If things get much more expensive I am going down into the welfare line. I cannot keep up at this pace.

    August 7, 2009 at 2:50 pm |
  26. Fred R Deleon

    The Government Report as usual is not accurate( on purpose)
    Here are the correct figures:
    May...........2009.................34 million Americans
    Jun...........2009..................36 " "
    Jul............2009..................37 " "
    It would mean that the Government do not have any idea at all of what is going on. In thre months only it has spent $ 14'124'000,000.00
    How will it look by the year end? add 243,000 more jobs that will be ending by the end of this month. Heil Caesar...moritorum te salutan!!!
    Be well Jack.

    August 7, 2009 at 2:53 pm |
  27. Russ in PA

    It means the government should have let the recession run it's course, rather than try to fix it with long-disproven Keynesian spending plans. Someday people are going to learn the hard way: government has to get out of the way of free markets.

    August 7, 2009 at 2:55 pm |
  28. Rick Medina,OH


    The fact that we have 34 million Americans on food stamps suggests that the economists are largely right that the effects on individuals are the last to improve as a recession recedes. It also suggests that we live in the right place ... a place where we generally don't let people go hungry.

    Rick, Medina, OH

    August 7, 2009 at 3:01 pm |
  29. Terry from North Carolina

    No job, no health care coverage, no credit, no place to live. How many times have you heard " we are all a pay check away from this " ? Does 1 in 9 people receiving food stamps surprise anyone. And the talking heads tell us the economy is on the upswing. Whose kidding who ?

    August 7, 2009 at 3:09 pm |
  30. John in Santa Barbara

    It means that we should change the name from food stamps to food coupons. That way hard working Americans wont have to feel bad about living off food stamps

    August 7, 2009 at 3:12 pm |
  31. Nelson from Lagos Nigeria

    Jack,it means at least a stabilisation of the upward trend towards obesity in the US as more Americans will look fit and trim on the unemployment lines.A reduction in obesity-related health care costs is an added bonus to the deficit.

    August 7, 2009 at 3:14 pm |
  32. Paul S. New Port Richey, Fl

    Some of those receiving food stamps are third and fourth generation career welfare recipients. Those in real need are the recent enrollees and not the welfare professionals. Your 1 in 9 numbers fail to demonstrate the real divide of life-long welfare scammers mixed with those who just recently fell on hard times. My sympathies are with those who tried to live above board.

    August 7, 2009 at 3:26 pm |
  33. paul westminster maryland

    It means the Republicans controlled the white house and the congress for six years and now we're paying the bill. Next up for the just say no crowd, a watered down health care bill that will benefit the health insurance companies that give them the money they need to be good Republicans.

    August 7, 2009 at 3:27 pm |
  34. Sherri-Illinois

    Another example of MAINSTREET USA getting butt-kicked to no end, and WALL-STREET laughing & joking because the DOW is over 9300 so all is well with the world!. The Recession and economic meltdown continues with 6.7 Million Americans that are unemployed including over 1Million who will exhausting their extended benefits in Sept-December. No surprise that 1 in 9 families are getting Food Stamps! Hello Wall Street, remember us????.

    August 7, 2009 at 3:28 pm |
  35. Ron in Ohio

    It means that the middle class continues to erode while the greed fostered by the GOP shifts more wealth to the few rich. Hmm- which party do ya think helps that happen? If we want to shift back to the middle class, you know like in a democracy, we need to make sure there are even less Republicans next election. I wish the election were today. Can't wait.

    August 7, 2009 at 3:34 pm |
  36. douglas gengler

    it means when george w bush took office that number was 17 million so i guess his policies and legacy lives on. i guess that $4.00 a gallon gas he knew nothing about was adding to the problems this country inherited from his reign, but the republicans will blame it, along with everything else, on obama and the democrats.

    doug in arkansas

    August 7, 2009 at 3:38 pm |
  37. Tony from Torrington

    It means that this country is one of the most generous countries in the world. Many social programs are available for those in unfortunate circumstances. Having socila programs for the unfortunate is far from being a socialist country. Those same people also have the opportunity to bring themselves up and work towards improving their lives in America.

    The Pursuit of Happyness (2006) Will Smith in the true story of Chris Gardner. It's well worth watching.

    August 7, 2009 at 3:40 pm |
  38. Terry, Chandler AZ

    Clearly it indicates that there are far to many kids going to bed each night after not having a full nutritious meal. What bothers me is that I have seen people using stamps for food while buying cigarettes with cash. Sorta depressing isn't it Jack?

    August 7, 2009 at 3:41 pm |
  39. Dennis North Carolina

    this is another answer to your second question on immigration. we can not take care of our own people how can we have room for outsiders. we can not feed, have jobs or provide health care for people born and raised in this country which should be our first goal.

    August 7, 2009 at 3:42 pm |
  40. Lucy

    It means the government has done a bang-up job of looking out for the welfare of its citizens. I'm still mulling over the question that if economists can predict these recessions, why can't the government put in order measures to prevent them?? Or have the economists not figured out how to do that?
    Lucy, SF, CA

    August 7, 2009 at 3:42 pm |
  41. Ann from Hampton, New Jersey

    The picture is not as rosy as the government is trying to portray. More people are still losing their jobs. I remember 39 years ago when my husband suddenly died. I had five small children to raise. I applied for food stamps against my better wishes. I was turned down because I was $50.00 over the poverty limit. At that time you had to show every bill that had to be paid. I was told that auto and health insurance was a luxury I did not need. Never mind if I had and accident of my children needed a doctor. I can still see that man today sitting behind a desk with a beard and farmer jeans. I hope nobody has to go through that much scrutiny today to get stamps if they are needed.

    August 7, 2009 at 3:52 pm |
  42. Larry from Georgetown, Texas

    I'm not surprised at this high level since most of the jobs that people get now don't pay the good wages that manufacturing jobs paid. Look at the number of people that work at Wally World, the largest retailer in the world that are on food stamps, including my daughter. This company should be ashamed of themselves but they are just like the rest, filled with greed.

    August 7, 2009 at 3:52 pm |
  43. Jay in Texas

    It means that millions of families and children in this country are not getting the nutition their bodies require to maintain themselves healthfully. It means that these people will suffer the consequences of an unhealthy diet sooner than wealthier people will and this will put even more strain on our health care system and will also shorten these Americans' life expectancies. We need to take a very close look at the corporate farms big agricultural corporations who have taken over most of the food production in this country and we need to encourage not only urban farming but a return to gardening on a large scale and smaller farms as the source of our food supply.
    Brownwood, Texas

    August 7, 2009 at 3:53 pm |
  44. Randy from Salt Lake City

    Can you say, depression?

    August 7, 2009 at 3:54 pm |
  45. Lynne Parker in N. Augusta, SC

    It means we're on the downhill slide. I read about a small town in Mississippi without running water for 6 years; about bodies stacking up in Detroit morgues because people can't afford to bury loved ones; and Remote Access Medical teams giving care not to people in impoverished countries but here in the states. How far must we fall before people to take to the streets and demand better?

    August 7, 2009 at 3:54 pm |
  46. frankie

    I was on food stamps 35 years ago as a single mother. After learning to work and being regularly employed for many years, I am back on food stamps after being disabled and going broke due to an accident. It's kind of depressing. The people I know, all have problems from the cost of health insurance. It's depressing that there is protest against health care reform.

    August 7, 2009 at 4:01 pm |
  47. Marissa from Nacogdoches, TX

    It means we are hungry.

    August 7, 2009 at 4:01 pm |
  48. Larry

    It's a horrible economy. Good hard-working people can't find jobs.

    I think people are grateful this option is available. It will help keep them afloat till they can get liquid again.

    Cincinnati, OH

    August 7, 2009 at 4:02 pm |
  49. Kim - Blair, NE

    It very clearly means we elected the right president. Something has got to CHANGE.

    August 7, 2009 at 4:03 pm |
  50. Richard New Hampshire

    It means I better go sign up.I must qualify at my income.
    Where do I go to sign up?

    August 7, 2009 at 4:05 pm |
  51. Dave in MO

    Of course! It means ask not what you can do for your country but what your country can do for you. It is just the times we are living in!

    August 7, 2009 at 4:05 pm |
  52. Steve Canada

    It means times are difficult and people need to feed their families..Unfortunately, time is the one thing that will turn things around. There is no "silver bullet" to make this malaise go away..As much as some decrie these programs, to do nothing would be horribly worse.

    August 7, 2009 at 4:06 pm |
  53. Tim in Texas

    It means two things, Jack. It means that a lot of people are out of work. More importantly, however, perhaps we should consider that it means that we have a system that values and protects its people - a protection not only from foreign enemies, but also from hunger and homelessness. This is our true strength; we balance the opportunity for economic advancement through hard work with a safety net that gets us through hard times. The one place that safety net is tattered, however, is in the health insurance system. We need a safety net for anybody who might find themselves one day in need of care they can not afford.

    August 7, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  54. Remo, Beautiful downtown Pflugerville Texas

    It means Wall Street and the crooked Bankers are eating well.

    August 7, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  55. Jackie in Dallas

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    It goes hand in hand with the fact that nearly 1 in 10 are out of work. The irony is that if you are on unemployment benefits, at least here in Texas, you make too much money to qualify!

    By the way, I want to know — just how are the unemployment figures determined? Because if they are determined by those who have filed for unemployment, when those benefits run out, and they are still unemployed, they fall off the books and out of the statistics.

    August 7, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  56. Ron from SF

    It means we need a new WPA and we needed it a long time ago. A tiny stimulus package that had 40% wasted in tax cuts is not going to solve the problem. The sooner we recognize that and begin to roll out "A New Deal" to replace the "Raw Deal" that the Republicans left us, the sooner we'll begin to recover as a nation.

    August 7, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  57. Kim Smith, Dodge City, Kansas

    While the country deteriorates into poverty and chaos, politicians squabble and fuss and argue like little children. Never has there been even a vague attempt at working as a concerned body of elected officials for the good of their people. It's all posturing and posing while the good citizens of the wealthiest country on earth have to beg the government for food. While on the surface one in ten doesn't sound as bad as alot of other nations, it is still an embarassment and a shame.

    August 7, 2009 at 4:24 pm |
  58. Jack Martin

    It means that the Republicans and their beloved corporate "base" are winning their war against the people.
    Boynton Beach FL

    August 7, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  59. Donna Colorado Springs,Co

    It's really tough out here, Jack. You're lucky to have your job, but thousands have no other choice but to get food stamps. My son has been out of work for over a year, and with our help, has managed to survive. But he is going to apply for food stamps soon because no one is hiring around here. It used to be a terrible stigma, but these days, not so much. People have to eat.

    August 7, 2009 at 4:27 pm |
  60. Thomas Bate

    IT means its time to limit access to food stamps. It was intended as an aid to help people; NOT a lifestyle. Offer to help people out for a period of time.,After that they have to do what they can to make their own way.; just like the rest of us. Of course there are exceptions, but this should not be an ongoing handout.. I would also make food stamps only to be used on basic foods. I saw a woman buying Hagan Daz and steaks with food stamps, and then get in a seemingly new cadillac.. There is something VERY wrong here. How long do you subsidize people? In other countries , this does not exist.. You take a dish washing job or clean houses or whatever.. If you cant figure something out, you starve. If you have food stamps for a year, that's a great period of time to "get it together". Maybe we shouldn't reward people with more food stamps if they have more babies.. Its time to change this system!

    August 7, 2009 at 4:36 pm |
  61. Clare OH

    My feeling is your not counting the under employed. Most people wouldn't qualify for foodstamps if they could work receiving foodstamps doesn't have enough food to last them one calendar month.

    August 7, 2009 at 4:37 pm |
  62. Russell, Bethel Alaska

    Unemployment is at around 10%. The working poor makes up a larger portion than 1% of the country. So when taking all that in, to me it says quite simply, not enough people are getting the help they need.

    August 7, 2009 at 4:38 pm |
  63. Salvador in Texas

    This is a sign that things the government have been doing the last few years have not been working. This is an alarming statistic that needs to be looked at and examined because this is frankly ridiculous. We are supposed to be the most prosperous nation in the world and my fellow brother next door has to tell his children that they are not going to have dinner because he cannot afford it anymore? The "American Dream" needs to become one where everyone takes care of everyone rather than the pursuit of individual advancement.

    August 7, 2009 at 4:44 pm |
  64. Agnes from Scottsdale, AZ

    Jack: It means that we are at a low point in our history and were dumped with the worst economic crisis since the 1930s. We need to get that TARP money starting to build things that can employ people. Today's jobs report is just a trickle, but let's hope the job faucet is starting to turn on. As Americans we need to help each – we'ver sort of forgotten that idea. We've become very much of a "you're on your own" country. Time to turn the page guys!

    August 7, 2009 at 4:45 pm |
  65. Stephanie from Orlando, FL

    It means we have a lot of lazy people with their hands out. I am a college student and technically could get food stamps, instead I live modestly. Maybe a better question is how many people getting food stamps also have a cell phone, cable with the complete sports package.

    August 7, 2009 at 4:45 pm |
  66. Gwen GA.

    WELL jobs are needed..however thank God for President Obama and the Dem's..we would all be in soup line if the GOP had her way? Change.. just in time.. change is pain.. change is progress...let's go forward now it's the time..delay will hurt us more than we know as a people..

    August 7, 2009 at 4:56 pm |

    It means that the rich people have all of the money and have shipped the jobs out of our Country the last eight years. One thing people can do is get an extra sack or two of grocery's and give them to the food pantry. They feed a lot of people. Let's think it over before we vote in another Republican. They believe in giving to the rich and taking from the poor. Read about the secret family.

    August 7, 2009 at 4:56 pm |
  68. Dee in Florida

    I don't really know what it measn that so many Americans are receiving food stamps, but I guess when we have exhausted ALL our savings, due to job loss, we will start finding out!

    Right now we still have a little money left in the bvank, so we do not qualify.

    August 7, 2009 at 4:57 pm |
  69. Gigi

    I think it is tied to the tax cuts for the rich. We have become a nation of greed caused by just a few. Profit is the name of the game they play. They have sent their companies over seas to assure profit. So jobs are lost. Banks and credit card companies have stretched the interest rates and debt has mounted by over spending. Homes loans have been given to those who could not possible afford to purchase and maintain them. And now we are giving rebates for cars that the masses simple can not afford. And the list goes on...All this leads to lay offs. Food cost are the sacrifice families have to come to grip with.
    So food stamps are the answer for the helpless.

    So few greedy have made America a barren land. And frankly, I believe, they don't give a damn.


    August 7, 2009 at 4:57 pm |
  70. Claire, Melbourne, FL

    Many thanks to George W. Bush and Dick Cheney for this miserable economy – all their rich friends got theirs, but the average Americans got the shaft and the bill! Isn't that special!?!

    August 7, 2009 at 5:06 pm |

    It means that health care stamps are right around the corner.

    August 7, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  72. sara-fl

    I haven't gone there, but if I don't find a job soon I might as well join the club. I have never asked for help but this time I can't make it on my own.

    August 7, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  73. Kevin Washington

    It mean that people can feed their family.
    I am a injured worker my state disability is exhausted
    my employer terminated me wrongfully because i got injured on
    their job .There insurance company refuses to pay WC and provide
    medical care. this has made me also homeless,General releif say
    i own more than two hundered dollars worth of property ive sold just about everything i have I am still disabled SSD. has been denied
    i have even tried to look for alternative work while injured ,been told that i would be a libility working for someone else while injured. what a cold world. have worked over thirty years of my life and cant get
    assistance have had no income since November of 08. Given food stamps .,Nothing to take care of my person. I dont get it!!!!! But i still love my country.

    Kevin CA.

    August 7, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  74. Ruie - Brownstown, MI

    Dear Jack: It is definitely tough here in Michigan. The Detroit Free Press reported the addresses of homes being foreclosed. At least 3 times, our paper had 20 pages full of homes being foreclosed in our area - I'm talking 3 columns on each page in fine print. It was devastating to look at! Thousands of lives have been torn apart. There are many families in our little subdivision who have lost their homes. You can actually buy a nice house in some areas now for $1500! Homes that were listed last year at $350,000 are now listed at $85,000. People who in the past would've said those on food stamps just need to "pull themselves up by the bootstrap and get to work" now find themselves having to be on them. "There but for the grace of God . . ."

    August 7, 2009 at 5:21 pm |
  75. Laura, Lancaster, Ohio

    It means, instead of the jobs still leaving the US with all the tax write offs for the next 7 years, these companies need to stay here and keep the folks working. Get people back to work, off the public rolls and buy good quality once again. (Better than the junk you find now.)

    August 7, 2009 at 5:27 pm |
  76. Layne Alleman

    Jack, It means when you hear the EXPERTS say "the recessions over, happy days are here again, go spend money you don't have", that you're listening to the same people who, a year and a half ago were saying, "there's ABSOLUTELY NOTHING wrong with our economy, ALL'S WELL, go spend money you don't have". I'm sure they're the ones also saying that these are " lazy, shiftless, bums who don't want to get out there and find a 50 mil a year job". Layne A. Antioch, Il.

    August 7, 2009 at 5:29 pm |
  77. rlandschoot

    It means more people will become infuriated when food stamp recipients buy choice cuts of meat, get their medicine for nothing, and drive home in their new SUV's, probably bought with clunker money.
    There are people needing help, but there are many double dipping into system. Food stamps just tip of iceberg

    bobl pine city ny

    August 7, 2009 at 5:30 pm |
  78. joe m

    simple... we are up the creek without a paddle, or at least not one that actually is helping. with unemployment going up, expect these numbers to increase. and despite what each party claims, both republicans and democrats got us into this mess. if only more americans would start thinking for themselves rather than being swayed by the political parties and their operators. we need more responsible government and this will come from voting in people who are beyond the political parties.

    August 7, 2009 at 5:37 pm |
  79. Cris from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

    It means "thank God for public assistance." I know lots of people grumble about welfare and paying taxes to support "the worthless;", but did those big mouths ever sit down and think about where this country would be without welfare? Not only is poor nutrition a detriment to children's health, but crimes like drugs and prostitution would run rampant, just so that people could eat.

    I would also like to point out that just because you receive food stamps doesn't necessarily mean that you are lazy.

    You can receive food stamps and such things like energy assistance and still work a 40 hour week. Minimum wage translates into $58 per day, before taxes. Could you live on that? Could you make a car payment to get to work on that? Could you feed your family on that?

    August 7, 2009 at 5:38 pm |
  80. EBJ in Metro Houston

    perhaps this will help shatter the myth that the only people who get food stamps are "lazY" minorites and welfare queens. As a person who has worked and never had to be on the dole, I must admit that when I go to a store to shop and I see a person with food stamps buying steaks and crab legs it DOES bother me a bit. I don't even do that and I feel I'm helping them pay for something that was supposed to be a temporary aid, not a permanent lifestyle.

    August 7, 2009 at 5:39 pm |
  81. Joseph

    It means our economy is in the toilet. What else could it mean?

    Joe in Delray Beach, FL

    August 7, 2009 at 5:42 pm |