23,116,928 On Food Stamps Under Obama

-1 The House of Representatives voted Thursday to slash $40 billion from the federal food stamp program. GOP lawmakers cited what they said was widespread abuse of the program, formally known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, which is intended to help poor individuals and families buy groceries. The vote to cut food stamps came on a party line vote of 217-200.

Taxpayers fund the food stamp program to put food on the tables of needy recipients, not to put money in the pockets of greedy criminals,” said U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein. “Food producers and distributors benefit when food stamp funds are used to buy food, and honest storeowners work hard to earn a profit by actually selling food. People who play by the rules deserve to know that criminals who defraud them will be held accountable.

15 Cities With Huge Populations Living On Food Stamps

Michecf#15 Salem, Ore.
Population of Marion County: 319,177
People on food stamps: 20%
Children on food stamps: 37%
Change ’07 – ’09:  +40%

#14 Kansas City, Mo.
Population of Jackson County: 670,843
People on food stamps: 21%
Children on food stamps: 40%
Change ’07 – ’09:  +28%

#13 Springfield, Mass.
Population of Hampden County: 461,051
People on food stamps: 22%
Children on food stamps: 39%
Change ’07 – ’09:  +31%

#12 Brooklyn, N.Y.
Brooklyn, New York
Population of Kings County: 2,574,109
People on food stamps: 22%
Children on food stamps: 35%
Change ’07 – ’09: +33%

#11 New Orleans, La.
Population of Orleans County: 337,549
People on food stamps: 22%
Children on food stamps: 49%
Change ’07 – ’09:  +54%

#10 El Paso, Texas
El Paso, Texas
Population of El Paso County: 754,355
People on food stamps: 22%
Children on food stamps: 38%
Change ’07 – ’09:  +10%

eating#9 Detroit, Mich.
Detroit, Michigan
Population of Wayne County: 1,918,712
People on food stamps: 22%
Children on food stamps: 38%
Change ’07 – ’09:  +17%

#8 Flint, Mich.
Flint, Michigan
Population of Genesee County: 423,616
People on food stamps: 23%
Children on food stamps: 39%
Change ’07 – ’09:  +19%

#7 Baltimore, Md.
Baltimore City, MD
Population of Baltimore City County: 633,704
People on food stamps: 24%
Children on food stamps: 42%
Change ’07 – ’09:  +36%

Michelen#6 Memphis, Tenn.
Memphis, Tennessee
Population of Shelby County: 904,594
People on food stamps: 25%
Children on food stamps: 44%
Change ’07 – ’09: +23%

#5 Philadelphia, Penn.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Population of Philadelphia County: 1,446,160
People on food stamps: 26%
Children on food stamps: 43%
Change ’07 – ’09: +14%

#4 Brownsville, Texas
Population of Cameron County: 400,726
People on food stamps: 27%
Children on food stamps: 47%
Change ’07 – ’09: +8%

#3 Bronx, N.Y.
Bronx, New York City
Population of Bronx County: 1,398,717
People on food stamps: 29%
Children on food stamps: 46%
Change ’07 – ’09: +33%

#2 McAllen, Texas
Population of Hidalgo County: 748,363
People on food stamps: 29%
Children on food stamps: 49%
Change ’07 – ’09: +11%

#1 St. Louis, Mo.
St. Louis, Missouri
Population of St. Louis City County: 353,064
People on food stamps: 36%
Children on food stamps: 63%
Change ’07 – ’09: +19%

Source: state agencies, U.S. Department of Agriculture and Census Bureau

moating1The Obama Express store came about after the 2009 election of President Barack Obama when a small Florida grocery store changed its name in honor of the President. Now, there are numerous other stores like it across the country. A federal grand jury has indicted the owner of an Obama Express convenience store on charges of food stamp trafficking. Abdullah Aljaradi, just one of nine store owners in the Baltimore, Maryland area that face these charges, allegedly obtained $2 million in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program payments for food sales that never happened. Between the nine total storeowners who have been indicted, the total amount of money obtained nears $7 million. Investigators say that no food was ever provided for money obtained.

michelobingA record 23,116,928 American households were enrolled in the federal government’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program during the month of June, according to data released this month by the Department of Agriculture. That outnumbers the 20,618,000 households that the Census Bureau estimated were in the entire Northeastern United States as of the second quarter of 2013. In fiscal 2009, the year President Barack Obama was inaugurated, there was a monthly average of 15,161,469 American households on food stamps, according to the Department of Agriculture. The 23,116,928 households on food stamps in June exceeded that 2009 monthly average by 7,955,459 households—or 52 percent.

“It’s wrong for working, middle-class people to pay” for abuse of the program, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said. Democrats cited Congressional Budget Office estimates that it would deprive 4 million needy people of SNAP benefits in 2014. The $40 billion cut — $4 billion a year over the next decade — amounts to about 5 percent of the total program cost.

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