Food Stamp Study

A new study finds a growing number of American children end up on food stamps and that the recession is making things even worse.

An analysis of three decades-worth of national data finds that nearly half of all U.S. children will be on food stamps and 90 percent of black children at some point during their childhood.

The report's lead author says. "Your neighbor may be using some of these programs but it's not the kind of thing people want to talk about." Sociologist Mark Rank calls the problem "a real danger sign that we as a society need to do a lot more to protect children."

A Department of Agriculture report released last month says more than 28 million Americans received food stamps in an average month last year, and about half were younger than age 18.

The new analysis is in the November issue of Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine.

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  • by mira Location: newport on Nov 4, 2009 at 09:24 AM
    our country would not have this issue if they would put a cap on food prices...i bought 6 apples at the grocery store a week ago and it cost me $9 dollars....
  • by Wayne Location: Havelock on Nov 3, 2009 at 06:26 PM
    To the person that posted "to Wayne on Nov 3, 2009 at 03:58 PM" : I am very glad to have my job. And let's get something straight...I have gone into work to find my job is no longer on two occasions. I have also gone to work to find that I would be laid off in a short time. Since getting this job, this is the first time in 15 years that I have only had to work ONE job to make ends meet. I lived the life of living beyond my means and paid for it. I have since learned. I don't judge those that NEED the help from these programs. I do have very HARSH feelings and ill will towards those that manipulate the system because they are lazy and worthless who drain the economy while making it harder for those that do NEED the help. Everyone falls on hard time during some portion of their lives. Everyone should help each other as long as they TRY. Sitting on their rears collecting checks isn't TRYING.
  • by Wayne Location: Havelock on Nov 3, 2009 at 05:38 PM
    Jane, With your working in HS, I can imagine that you have seen many situations. The family that you describe is the very reason that these programs exsist. I support this and understand. I don't mind my taxes going to help people in difficult times. As long as they are trying. EVERYONE needs help at one point or another. Its the leeches that I described that I have a problem with.
  • by let me in! Location: RMT on Nov 3, 2009 at 04:10 PM
    Wow...I need to go down and sign up. I love milk and cheese as good as the next man. If I can get uncle Sam to help out...why not? That means I'll have a few extra bucks to play on the lottery. I gotta hit that thing before I retire or I'm in trouble!!
  • by TarHeel Location: Ayden on Nov 3, 2009 at 02:44 PM
    Let's not blame the kids. They don't know any better. Our politicians are to blame. This is how they buy votes. It doesn't cost them a dime. If a child is hungry it should be fed. Parents who don't work and try to support the family should be made to work and drug tested. One last thing, look at the racial make up of the caption pic. What do you see ?
  • by Concerned Citizen Location: NC on Nov 3, 2009 at 01:57 PM
    To Wake up America - I could not of said it any better!! People need to wake up and turn back to God!!
  • by C on Nov 3, 2009 at 01:52 PM
    This is the "C" that posted at 9:44AM today. "T", just so you know, the person who posted at 2:07PM today is NOT yours truly. Thanks for the kudos,and I personally agree with everything you said. Regards,Original C
  • by fed up on Nov 3, 2009 at 01:44 PM
    I know someone who refuses to keep a job, has 3 kids by 3 different guys, has a nice house, and a nice car, she gets over $400.00 per month in food stamps!! WHY? Shouldn't the father's of these kids have to feed them? Two of the kids are young enough to still be on WIC, so why on earth does she need that much money? No way she goes through all the milk, cereal, cheese, eggs, and peanut butter that she gets FREE with WIC each month. This kind of thing just makes me sick.
  • by To "C" Location: NC on Nov 3, 2009 at 01:38 PM
    How did I know this, well I sat there while MY child ate his sandwich and watched each of them go to the cashier....NO MONEY CHANGED HANDS. I realize that some people may pay their children's lunch bill in advance, but that was absolutely not the case here. Furthermore, I am an employee of the school system and that is why I know that the majority of these kids get free lunch. Any more questions?
  • by My Opinion Location: Greenville on Nov 3, 2009 at 01:24 PM
    Workfare - Not Welfare!!!!! PROVE that you are willing to work and get government subsidies if still necessary. If you sit on your butt and make no effort, put the children up for adoption to people who will love them enough to raise them to be reponsible members of society and the adults can fend for themselves. These programs were set up for TEMPORARY HELP not a way of living!!!!! Make the deadbeats responsible for their actions and only then will things change. Being hungry is not fun, I have been there and never took a penny from government programs, I was raised to do for myself and only take if absolutely necessary.

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