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This weekend America witnessed a limited crash in the computer systems that manage electronic benefit transfers across the country. Within hours of the crash panicked food stamp recipients who were left with no way to feed their families rushed grocery store shelves to obtain everything they could while the system was down.

The outage lasted less than a day, but it proved what many already knew, that America had become a nation so dependent on government subsidies that any glitch in the system could lead to total pandemonium.

But if you thought that isolated incident was bad, imagine what could happen next month.

We say next month because the USDA, which oversees the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP), has just issued an order to SNAP agency directors calling for their respective States to implement an emergency contingency program because of government funding issues. In a letter obtained by the Crossroads Urban Center food pantry, the USDA is directing state agencies to, “delay their November issuance files and delay transmission to State Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) vendors until further notice.”

What this means is that should Congress fail to increase the debt ceiling this week, come November there will literally be millions of people in the United States who will have exactly zero dollars transferred to their EBT cards.

What will happen to the nearly 50 million people who depend on these benefits to survive?

Think this past weekend and multiply it across the entirety of the United States of America.

In the State of Utah the immediate effect of the USDA’s contingency plan will be a freeze in benefits for 100,000 people. Richard Phillips, a homeless man who depends on the government’s monthly distributions, warned what would happen next:

– See more at: http://www.thedailysheeple.com/alert-government-freezes-ebt-funds-orders-states-to-withhold-transfers-to-food-stamp-recipients_102013#sth

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Food stamp cuts are on everyone’s mind, and we’re all trying not to think about how Michelle Obama’s Child Nutrtion Act has had something to do with it.
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Food stamp cuts are on everyone’s mind, and we’re all trying not to think about how Michelle Obama’s Child Nutrtion Act has had something to do with it.

In 2010, President Obama openly admitted he would have to take funding out of SNAP to roll out the new Child Nutrition Act, sponsored by Michelle Obama, and even commented on the bills popularity:

“Some of the funding comes from rolling back temporary increase in food stamp benefits or SNAP as it’s now called, starting in the fall of 2013. I know a number of members of Congress have expressed concerns of this offset, being included in the bill and I’m committed to working with them to restore these funds in the future.”

It was a move that lost him quite a bit of Democratic support, with many including Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-CT, calling the president out:

“I did not want to do that. These were bad choices to make.”

Obama promised negotiation for more funding with Congress for SNAP. As the food stamp cuts take effect, many are unhappy with the president’s decision. Some question the partiality of the president signing a bill that would cut $40 billion from the SNAP program, in exchange for giving a little under $10 billion to the Child Nutrition Act.

Though passed in 2009, the food stamp cuts weren’t going to take place until today. Because of Michelle Obama’s Child Nutrition Act, funding that might have gone to bolster already low SNAP, has instead gone to the Child Nutrition programs.

Michelle Obama openly supported the bill’s passage, despite the fact she must have realized that money would in effect be coming from the SNAP program, resulting in a massive and wide spread food stamp cut. The First Lady’s focus on lowering childhood obesity, while admirable, unfortunately also in this case exacerbates the nationwide problems of food insecurity for millions of Americans, and the outright hunger and poverty issues that the SNAP problem has tried to help.

Gambling on destroying one program to save another never works.

Food Stamp Cuts Michelle Obama Spends The Money On Healthy School Lunches

The 2009 Recovery Act’s temporary boost to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits ended as of November 1, 2013, resulting in a benefit cut for every SNAP household.  For families of three, the cut will be $29 a month — a total of $319 for November 2013 through September 2014 [and beyond], the remaining months of fiscal year 2014.  That’s a serious loss, especially in light of the very low amount of basic SNAP benefits. Without the Recovery Act’s boost, SNAP benefits will average less than $1.40 per person per meal in 2014. Nationally, the total cut is estimated to be $5 billion in fiscal year 2014.

The plan had been to leave the increase in place until inflation caught up through annual adjustments to SNAP benefit levels, which had been expected to happen in 2015. But congressional Democrats essentially raided the cookie jar, using the future planned spending to offset the cost of priority legislation in 2010. They said at the time that they would put the money back before any decrease could take effect, but they have not kept their promise.

The fact that SNAP benefits were one of the main places the money was taken from is to Democrats’ shame. Now, the mistakes of 2010 are coming home to roost—again—and it’s going to be people struggling to put food on the table who pay the price—again.

America recently witnessed a limited crash in the computer systems that manage electronic benefit transfers across the country. Within hours of the crash panicked food stamp recipients who were left with no way to feed their families rushed grocery store shelves to obtain everything they could while the system was down.

The outage lasted less than a day, but it proved what many already knew, that America had become a nation so dependent on government subsidies that any glitch in the system could lead to total pandemonium.

But if you thought that isolated incident was bad, imagine what could happen this month.

There will literally be millions of people in the United States who will have exactly zero dollars transferred to their EBT cards.

What will happen to the nearly 50 million people who depend on these benefits to survive?

welfare-state-300x201Think this wont multiply it across the entirety of the United States of America?

In the State of Utah the immediate effect of the USDA’s contingency plan will be a freeze in benefits for 100,000 people. Richard Phillips, a homeless man who depends on the government’s monthly distributions, warned what would happen next:

It’s going to cause problems… because then you’re going to come to find out that you’re going to have people starting to steal and do what they have to do to survive. 

Meanwhile, the price of food and fuel continues to go up.

Perhaps a more proactive approach would be to have SNAP recipients learn some ‘farming’ techniques. How about a greenhouse for recipients and food banks to grow some produce?

Here is the USDA letter in full:

ebt-funds-freeze
 

Texas has the 2nd most people on SNAP in the country behind California. New York is third.

What ever happened to “job creation” Obama?

Great chart here from CBPP

November 1 SNAP Cuts Will Affect Millions of Children, Seniors, and People With Disabilities

 

It’s difficult to be happy knowing so many suffer. We must unite!

 

 

 

 

 

Resources:

Food Stamps Cuts: Michelle Obama Spends The SNAP Money On Healthy School Lunches

SNAP Benefits Will Be Cut for All Participants in November 2013

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

Obama plotting to suspend food stamps? – WorldNetDaily

Government Freezes EBT Funds: Orders States to Withhold

Daily Kos: Food stamp benefit cuts start Nov. 1, but have roots in 20

 

This weekend America witnessed a limited crash in the computer systems that manage electronic benefit transfers across the country. Within hours of the crash panicked food stamp recipients who were left with no way to feed their families rushed grocery store shelves to obtain everything they could while the system was down.

The outage lasted less than a day, but it proved what many already knew, that America had become a nation so dependent on government subsidies that any glitch in the system could lead to total pandemonium.

But if you thought that isolated incident was bad, imagine what could happen next month.

We say next month because the USDA, which oversees the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP), has just issued an order to SNAP agency directors calling for their respective States to implement an emergency contingency program because of government funding issues. In a letter obtained by the Crossroads Urban Center food pantry, the USDA is directing state agencies to, “delay their November issuance files and delay transmission to State Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) vendors until further notice.”

What this means is that should Congress fail to increase the debt ceiling this week, come November there will literally be millions of people in the United States who will have exactly zero dollars transferred to their EBT cards.

What will happen to the nearly 50 million people who depend on these benefits to survive?

Think this past weekend and multiply it across the entirety of the United States of America.

In the State of Utah the immediate effect of the USDA’s contingency plan will be a freeze in benefits for 100,000 people. Richard Phillips, a homeless man who depends on the government’s monthly distributions, warned what would happen next:

– See more at: http://www.thedailysheeple.com/alert-government-freezes-ebt-funds-orders-states-to-withhold-transfers-to-food-stamp-recipients_102013#sthash.3Pj4mBQe.dpuf