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Government Assistance Doesn’t Cut It Anymore: Phoenix Mayor Loses 4 Pounds In One Week On “Food Stamp Budget”

 
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Why not do away with food stamps and just pass out staples? Beans, flour, cornmeal, powdered milk and potatoes, and so on.
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Every once in a great while when we feel wealthy we will go wild at the grocery store (doritoes, cookies, ice cream, steaks, soda, frozen foods, and so on), abandoning our usual frugal budget and home cooked meals. We usually spend about $10 a day on food, though we have ate on much less when required to. Strangely we can spend $300 on the typical crap that most people buy these days and it doesn't last any longer than if we spend $50 on old school food.

I can buy a 20 lb bag of rice for $12 and a 20 lb bag of beans for $18. Add to that 10 pounds each of corn meal and flour for another $12 and a couple of dozen eggs for $3, a giant box of powdered milk for $15, a big box of powdered potatoes for $4, a big tub of margarine for $4 (or equivalent amount of butter for $9), along with $8 worth of oatmeal.......and I have the majority of what I need to survive on for over a month at a cost of about $75.

I can add canned food and some veggies and fruit to that for another $30-$40, maybe splurge for tea and sugar and I still have spent less than $150 on a months supply of food for a whole family. Throw in $50 worth of meat and it still comes in at $200 or less.

We usually buy cereal, milk, yogurt, OJ, and more fruits and veggies than I priced above. Still our monthly budget is hardly $300 a month, and we feel like we are living it up.
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This is wonderful, you are doing a great job!

However one thing I did think of is that a lot of welfare recipients are probably living in very small houses, with tiny kitchens and very little storage.
I have never received welfare of any sort however I have lived alone in a small one bedroom apartment for a few years and I can tell you there is no room, whatsoever, to buy in bulk. It sucked!
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Piss on them I'm not giving one more dime of my money. I witnessed a woman agruing with a cashier over the fact she couldn't buy dog food with her food stamps. The lady says fine I'll be right back, she comes back with a couple of T-Bones and said she'll just feed the dog steak then.
 Quoting: TexasDeck


Sad part is - some stores DO get away with it....there's a small store here in town that just puts whatever under "food" - cigarettes, beer, anything!! A guy that used to work with my husband (but quit after a week - big surprise) actually was bragging about how he uses over 1/2 his food stamps for cigarettes. It's disgusting.
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I believe that if the government just delivered a bag of food like they use to deliver cheese that some people would throw it on the street. There are people who sell the food stamps for other things and don't need the food.
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This is such a controversial issue. Instead of food stamps, how about the government gives food stamp recipients MRE's? Then there would be no more buying steak, pop, junk. Although, i do think it is unfair for people not to be allowed to indulge every now and then. Kids, especially, get food fatigue. Even the government suggest we stock candy and goodies in our storage food for the apocalypse. Food stamp recipients are humans, too. Every human in America should be entitled to food, clothing, housing, medical care. Yes, they should work doing something to earn it. But no family should be deprived of the basic needs. Period. What has happened to this world that we don't look out for each other anymore? Most of us have turned so angry and bitter. Sheesh, people, we should be in this together! Just my scattered two cents! :-)
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I wish that recipients were not simply let loose with the money. I have a friend that works with the local extension office and she runs a little program to attempt to educate people that get WIC benefits about how to eat healthy, prepare healthy foods, grow healthy foods etc. I'm not a fan of WIC, but I think more people should pay attention to her when they're there! Most food stamp recipients are not aware that food is not all that you can buy with the benefits. You can also buy seeds and plants to grow food. Teach people to grow, teach people to preserve, teach people to prepare real food. And I don't buy "don't have time." You can toss together freezer meals for faster prep work.
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In college my disabled roommate had food stamps and I did the grocery shopping so I added my cash and it totaled about $50 per week for two people to eat. It was challenging but we were able to get by on cereal, grilled cheese, spaghetti, p nut butter, apples, stuff like that. It would be harder to feed kids on a tight budget. That would be heart wrenching!
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I'm sorry but I do NOT believe this.

I know one family - husband, wife and 2 kids, and they get almost 700/month.
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700 a month?! Geez!
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I live on less then that , I can cook.
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Why not do away with food stamps and just pass out staples? Beans, flour, cornmeal, powdered milk and potatoes, and so on.
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Can't buy crack, 40's, and 22-inch rims with that...

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5 lb. bag of apples $5
bunch bananas $3
2 lb. bag of rice $5
2 lb. bag of beans $3
3x1lb. bag of mixed veggies $3
5 lb. chicken frozen $7
cooking oil (olive) $5
loaf of wheat bread $3
3 lbs. pasta $3
2 lbs hamburger meat $4
2 gal milk $7
hamburger buns $2
cheese sliced cheddar $3
condiments your choice $7
2 boxes of cereal $6
12 top ramen $2
bag salad lg $4
jar of pasta sauce $2
4 cans tuna $3
dozen eggs $3
-----
total $80


not much a variety but doable for family of 4 if you prepared it all yourself so thats 80/4people=20 20/7day= about $3 per person per day...
 Quoting: BrokenTrust


Great list! I think I might follow it!

I think I would trade the bag of salad for romaine lettuce. A big bunch is less than 2 bucks. Then I would take that 2 bucks and buy a brownie or cake mix until I could save up for ingredients to make it from scratch. I love me some dessert. :0) But then you could always buy some cinnamon sugar for a buck and make cinnamon toast for dessert.
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Why not do away with food stamps and just pass out staples? Beans, flour, cornmeal, powdered milk and potatoes, and so on.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 24265785


That's a good idea, but now there are big interests involved: junk food manufacturers (and Wal Mart as a huge purveyor of said products) have seen a substantial spike in profits associated with the dramatic increase in food stamps over the past several years, and JP Morgan enjoys handling the accounts. They would all fiercely oppose such a change.
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Every once in a great while when we feel wealthy we will go wild at the grocery store (doritoes, cookies, ice cream, steaks, soda, frozen foods, and so on), abandoning our usual frugal budget and home cooked meals. We usually spend about $10 a day on food, though we have ate on much less when required to. Strangely we can spend $300 on the typical crap that most people buy these days and it doesn't last any longer than if we spend $50 on old school food.

I can buy a 20 lb bag of rice for $12 and a 20 lb bag of beans for $18. Add to that 10 pounds each of corn meal and flour for another $12 and a couple of dozen eggs for $3, a giant box of powdered milk for $15, a big box of powdered potatoes for $4, a big tub of margarine for $4 (or equivalent amount of butter for $9), along with $8 worth of oatmeal.......and I have the majority of what I need to survive on for over a month at a cost of about $75.

I can add canned food and some veggies and fruit to that for another $30-$40, maybe splurge for tea and sugar and I still have spent less than $150 on a months supply of food for a whole family. Throw in $50 worth of meat and it still comes in at $200 or less.

We usually buy cereal, milk, yogurt, OJ, and more fruits and veggies than I priced above. Still our monthly budget is hardly $300 a month, and we feel like we are living it up.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 24265785


This is wonderful, you are doing a great job!

However one thing I did think of is that a lot of welfare recipients are probably living in very small houses, with tiny kitchens and very little storage.
I have never received welfare of any sort however I have lived alone in a small one bedroom apartment for a few years and I can tell you there is no room, whatsoever, to buy in bulk. It sucked!
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5 lb. bag of apples $5
bunch bananas $3
2 lb. bag of rice $5
2 lb. bag of beans $3
3x1lb. bag of mixed veggies $3
5 lb. chicken frozen $7
cooking oil (olive) $5
loaf of wheat bread $3
3 lbs. pasta $3
2 lbs hamburger meat $4
2 gal milk $7
hamburger buns $2
cheese sliced cheddar $3
condiments your choice $7
2 boxes of cereal $6
12 top ramen $2
bag salad lg $4
jar of pasta sauce $2
4 cans tuna $3
dozen eggs $3
-----
total $80


not much a variety but doable for family of 4 if you prepared it all yourself so thats 80/4people=20 20/7day= about $3 per person per day...
 Quoting: BrokenTrust


Great list! I think I might follow it!

I think I would trade the bag of salad for romaine lettuce. A big bunch is less than 2 bucks. Then I would take that 2 bucks and buy a brownie or cake mix until I could save up for ingredients to make it from scratch. I love me some dessert. :0) But then you could always buy some cinnamon sugar for a buck and make cinnamon toast for dessert.
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For the pasta sauce you can also try grabbing a small can of tomato paste and a bigger (15oz, I think) tomato sauce. Stocking up a bit on herbs is pretty easy if you do it a little at a time since most stores have store brand or off brand seasonings for about a buck per canister. Add your own seasonings, let it simmer. You've got decent spaghetti or pizza sauce. If you learn to make your own pizza crust then a homemade cheese or veggie pizza can be pretty cheap too.
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This is such a controversial issue. Instead of food stamps, how about the government gives food stamp recipients MRE's? Then there would be no more buying steak, pop, junk. Although, i do think it is unfair for people not to be allowed to indulge every now and then. Kids, especially, get food fatigue. Even the government suggest we stock candy and goodies in our storage food for the apocalypse. Food stamp recipients are humans, too. Every human in America should be entitled to food, clothing, housing, medical care. Yes, they should work doing something to earn it. But no family should be deprived of the basic needs. Period. What has happened to this world that we don't look out for each other anymore? Most of us have turned so angry and bitter. Sheesh, people, we should be in this together! Just my scattered two cents! :-)
 Quoting: StormeyGoddess


I wish that recipients were not simply let loose with the money. I have a friend that works with the local extension office and she runs a little program to attempt to educate people that get WIC benefits about how to eat healthy, prepare healthy foods, grow healthy foods etc. I'm not a fan of WIC, but I think more people should pay attention to her when they're there! Most food stamp recipients are not aware that food is not all that you can buy with the benefits. You can also buy seeds and plants to grow food. Teach people to grow, teach people to preserve, teach people to prepare real food. And I don't buy "don't have time." You can toss together freezer meals for faster prep work.
 Quoting: Caelen


This, i agree with, but you also have to have the space to grow seeds, store food, etc. Eeek. I think the government should either do MRE's, although crazy expensive or dole out staples and then teach people to cook. I have been stocking up on beans and rice, but seriously have no clue how to use them. For all of you doing it, please offer up some suggestions! :-) There is no way to regulate what people are doing with their food stamps. It sickens me to run into someone in the parking lot selling theirs, when I would kill to have some help. It is not right to sell what the government is giving you to help you. That irritates me to no end. Some other form of assistance is definitely in dire need!
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Why not do away with food stamps and just pass out staples? Beans, flour, cornmeal, powdered milk and potatoes, and so on.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 24265785


True but most people would not know what to do with them. You would get a deer in a head light look. And most would be angry and throw the food away. I would give them canned beans since cooking beans from scratch requires a little bit of know how to make them edible and taste good.
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5 lb. bag of apples $5
bunch bananas $3
2 lb. bag of rice $5
2 lb. bag of beans $3
3x1lb. bag of mixed veggies $3
5 lb. chicken frozen $7
cooking oil (olive) $5
loaf of wheat bread $3
3 lbs. pasta $3
2 lbs hamburger meat $4 ---NO
2 gal milk $7 ---Fuck no
hamburger buns $2 ---NO
cheese sliced cheddar $3
condiments your choice $7 ---NO
2 boxes of cereal $6
12 top ramen $2 ---fuck no
bag salad lg $4
jar of pasta sauce $2 --NO
4 cans tuna $3 --NO
dozen eggs $3
-----
total $80


bad list.
not good at all. change to raw veggie. You will eat much cheaper and much better for your body.
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Re: Government Assistance Doesn’t Cut It Anymore: Phoenix Mayor Loses 4 Pounds In One Week On “Food Stamp Budget”
5 lb. bag of apples $5
bunch bananas $3
2 lb. bag of rice $5
2 lb. bag of beans $3
3x1lb. bag of mixed veggies $3
5 lb. chicken frozen $7
cooking oil (olive) $5
loaf of wheat bread $3
3 lbs. pasta $3
2 lbs hamburger meat $4
2 gal milk $7
hamburger buns $2
cheese sliced cheddar $3
condiments your choice $7
2 boxes of cereal $6
12 top ramen $2
bag salad lg $4
jar of pasta sauce $2
4 cans tuna $3
dozen eggs $3
-----
total $80


not much a variety but doable for family of 4 if you prepared it all yourself so thats 80/4people=20 20/7day= about $3 per person per day...
 Quoting: BrokenTrust


Great list! I think I might follow it!

I think I would trade the bag of salad for romaine lettuce. A big bunch is less than 2 bucks. Then I would take that 2 bucks and buy a brownie or cake mix until I could save up for ingredients to make it from scratch. I love me some dessert. :0) But then you could always buy some cinnamon sugar for a buck and make cinnamon toast for dessert.
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For the pasta sauce you can also try grabbing a small can of tomato paste and a bigger (15oz, I think) tomato sauce. Stocking up a bit on herbs is pretty easy if you do it a little at a time since most stores have store brand or off brand seasonings for about a buck per canister. Add your own seasonings, let it simmer. You've got decent spaghetti or pizza sauce. If you learn to make your own pizza crust then a homemade cheese or veggie pizza can be pretty cheap too.
 Quoting: Caelen


Now I am really hungry.LOL I do have chicken and potatoes in the oven though but it won't be ready for awhile yet. Ugh
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This is such a controversial issue. Instead of food stamps, how about the government gives food stamp recipients MRE's? Then there would be no more buying steak, pop, junk. Although, i do think it is unfair for people not to be allowed to indulge every now and then. Kids, especially, get food fatigue. Even the government suggest we stock candy and goodies in our storage food for the apocalypse. Food stamp recipients are humans, too. Every human in America should be entitled to food, clothing, housing, medical care. Yes, they should work doing something to earn it. But no family should be deprived of the basic needs. Period. What has happened to this world that we don't look out for each other anymore? Most of us have turned so angry and bitter. Sheesh, people, we should be in this together! Just my scattered two cents! :-)
 Quoting: StormeyGoddess


I wish that recipients were not simply let loose with the money. I have a friend that works with the local extension office and she runs a little program to attempt to educate people that get WIC benefits about how to eat healthy, prepare healthy foods, grow healthy foods etc. I'm not a fan of WIC, but I think more people should pay attention to her when they're there! Most food stamp recipients are not aware that food is not all that you can buy with the benefits. You can also buy seeds and plants to grow food. Teach people to grow, teach people to preserve, teach people to prepare real food. And I don't buy "don't have time." You can toss together freezer meals for faster prep work.
 Quoting: Caelen


This, i agree with, but you also have to have the space to grow seeds, store food, etc. Eeek. I think the government should either do MRE's, although crazy expensive or dole out staples and then teach people to cook. I have been stocking up on beans and rice, but seriously have no clue how to use them. For all of you doing it, please offer up some suggestions! :-) There is no way to regulate what people are doing with their food stamps. It sickens me to run into someone in the parking lot selling theirs, when I would kill to have some help. It is not right to sell what the government is giving you to help you. That irritates me to no end. Some other form of assistance is definitely in dire need!
 Quoting: StormeyGoddess


I think for 50 dollars of food stamps they will take 25 dollars cash for them(someone correct me if I am wrong). So someone else is getting the food at a discounted price who hopefully does need it. Not saying it is right but that is what we are dealing with.
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This is such a controversial issue. Instead of food stamps, how about the government gives food stamp recipients MRE's? Then there would be no more buying steak, pop, junk. Although, i do think it is unfair for people not to be allowed to indulge every now and then. Kids, especially, get food fatigue. Even the government suggest we stock candy and goodies in our storage food for the apocalypse. Food stamp recipients are humans, too. Every human in America should be entitled to food, clothing, housing, medical care. Yes, they should work doing something to earn it. But no family should be deprived of the basic needs. Period. What has happened to this world that we don't look out for each other anymore? Most of us have turned so angry and bitter. Sheesh, people, we should be in this together! Just my scattered two cents! :-)
 Quoting: StormeyGoddess


I wish that recipients were not simply let loose with the money. I have a friend that works with the local extension office and she runs a little program to attempt to educate people that get WIC benefits about how to eat healthy, prepare healthy foods, grow healthy foods etc. I'm not a fan of WIC, but I think more people should pay attention to her when they're there! Most food stamp recipients are not aware that food is not all that you can buy with the benefits. You can also buy seeds and plants to grow food. Teach people to grow, teach people to preserve, teach people to prepare real food. And I don't buy "don't have time." You can toss together freezer meals for faster prep work.
 Quoting: Caelen


This, i agree with, but you also have to have the space to grow seeds, store food, etc. Eeek. I think the government should either do MRE's, although crazy expensive or dole out staples and then teach people to cook. I have been stocking up on beans and rice, but seriously have no clue how to use them. For all of you doing it, please offer up some suggestions! :-) There is no way to regulate what people are doing with their food stamps. It sickens me to run into someone in the parking lot selling theirs, when I would kill to have some help. It is not right to sell what the government is giving you to help you. That irritates me to no end. Some other form of assistance is definitely in dire need!
 Quoting: StormeyGoddess


Rice should have directions on the package. The thing I always have to remember with rice is at the end of cooking it just leave it alone and resist the temptation to peek at it to see if it is done. The worst that can happen is you end up with sticky rice and hey.. sticky rice is pretty good.

I honestly don't cook beans much. When I do I rinse, inspect (sometimes you get stuff other than beans like rocks and you don't want to eat those!) then soak over night. Put them in the crock pot, cover with water and cook until they're tender. Don't add salt to cooking beans, it halts the cooking process. To minimize how much bean cookin' I have to do I usually cook in bulk then freeze them. They do freeze well. We go through quite a bit of black beans because I replace a lot of meat in mexican dishes with beans, add them to salads and some other dishes.

Another thing you might like is pearled barley. Its tasty in soups, you just add it for about the last half hour of cooking your soup.
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5 lb. bag of apples $5
bunch bananas $3
2 lb. bag of rice $5
2 lb. bag of beans $3
3x1lb. bag of mixed veggies $3
5 lb. chicken frozen $7
cooking oil (olive) $5
loaf of wheat bread $3
3 lbs. pasta $3
2 lbs hamburger meat $4 ---NO
2 gal milk $7 ---Fuck no
hamburger buns $2 ---NO
cheese sliced cheddar $3
condiments your choice $7 ---NO
2 boxes of cereal $6
12 top ramen $2 ---fuck no
bag salad lg $4
jar of pasta sauce $2 --NO
4 cans tuna $3 --NO
dozen eggs $3
-----
total $80


bad list.
not good at all. change to raw veggie. You will eat much cheaper and much better for your body.
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Not everyone wants or can live on a raw veggie diet.
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There are many problems with food in this country. People in poor neighborhoods often have to take a long bus ride to a grocery store. The rest walk to convenience stores that don't have fresh food and produce. Just junk. Also, the wheat in this country has changed to a type that encourages diabetes. The genetically engineered corn and soy, almost impossible to avoid, screws up one's metabolism because it contains pesticides that linger in your gut. Allergies to just about everything are occurring more and more, as is autism. All may be food related. I've been on diets for years and none worked. When I stopped eating wheat, I lost 50 lbs. But these "fat asses" on food stamps are not going to be able to afford doing what it takes to give up wheat, corn, soy, etc. and go organic. We are like cattle in a feed lot to our rulers. Big Pharma needs sick people to make big bucks.

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5 lb. bag of apples $5
bunch bananas $3
2 lb. bag of rice $5
2 lb. bag of beans $3
3x1lb. bag of mixed veggies $3
5 lb. chicken frozen $7
cooking oil (olive) $5
loaf of wheat bread $3
3 lbs. pasta $3
2 lbs hamburger meat $4
2 gal milk $7
hamburger buns $2
cheese sliced cheddar $3
condiments your choice $7
2 boxes of cereal $6
12 top ramen $2
bag salad lg $4
jar of pasta sauce $2
4 cans tuna $3
dozen eggs $3
-----
total $80


not much a variety but doable for family of 4 if you prepared it all yourself so thats 80/4people=20 20/7day= about $3 per person per day...
 Quoting: BrokenTrust


Great list! I think I might follow it!

I think I would trade the bag of salad for romaine lettuce. A big bunch is less than 2 bucks. Then I would take that 2 bucks and buy a brownie or cake mix until I could save up for ingredients to make it from scratch. I love me some dessert. :0) But then you could always buy some cinnamon sugar for a buck and make cinnamon toast for dessert.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1550123


For the pasta sauce you can also try grabbing a small can of tomato paste and a bigger (15oz, I think) tomato sauce. Stocking up a bit on herbs is pretty easy if you do it a little at a time since most stores have store brand or off brand seasonings for about a buck per canister. Add your own seasonings, let it simmer. You've got decent spaghetti or pizza sauce. If you learn to make your own pizza crust then a homemade cheese or veggie pizza can be pretty cheap too.
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Now I am really hungry.LOL I do have chicken and potatoes in the oven though but it won't be ready for awhile yet. Ugh
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haha, sorry!
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Why not do away with food stamps and just pass out staples? Beans, flour, cornmeal, powdered milk and potatoes, and so on.
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That's a good idea, but now there are big interests involved: junk food manufacturers (and Wal Mart as a huge purveyor of said products) have seen a substantial spike in profits associated with the dramatic increase in food stamps over the past several years, and JP Morgan enjoys handling the accounts. They would all fiercely oppose such a change.
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Standing behind some of these food-stampers in line, and seeing what they buy, will make you just sick.

Some do it right, most don't.

I watched a girl, just today, buy $30 worth of snacks and pop AT THE GAS STATION, on the EBT card.
At 3-4 times what it would cost at the grocery...
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It hasn't been sufficient for many years, I alone get a mere $200 supposedly to last me a month. There's pretty much no way to accomplish that eating 3 meals a day.
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Then just eat 2.
Who is John Galt?
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Why not do away with food stamps and just pass out staples? Beans, flour, cornmeal, powdered milk and potatoes, and so on.
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Good idea! To everyone, not just low income.
Who is John Galt?
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I always wondered if they subtracted the foodstamp money, from the families that got free breakfast and lunch at school. Of course I know the answer.... but you do realize for 5 days and three quarters of the year, you tax payers, are paying for 2 breakfasts and 2 lunches......


(they are talking about dinners at school now too, so I guess we pay 3 times now...)
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5 lb. bag of apples $5
bunch bananas $3
2 lb. bag of rice $5
2 lb. bag of beans $3
3x1lb. bag of mixed veggies $3
5 lb. chicken frozen $7
cooking oil (olive) $5
loaf of wheat bread $3
3 lbs. pasta $3
2 lbs hamburger meat $4 ---NO
2 gal milk $7 ---Fuck no
hamburger buns $2 ---NO
cheese sliced cheddar $3
condiments your choice $7 ---NO
2 boxes of cereal $6
12 top ramen $2 ---fuck no
bag salad lg $4
jar of pasta sauce $2 --NO
4 cans tuna $3 --NO
dozen eggs $3
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total $80


bad list.
not good at all. change to raw veggie. You will eat much cheaper and much better for your body.
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Bread maker at the local Goodwill Store -$5
50 lb.Bag of flour around $19-$22
All the bread you can eat- Around $32 for 6 months or more...
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Why not do away with food stamps and just pass out staples? Beans, flour, cornmeal, powdered milk and potatoes, and so on.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 24265785


That's a good idea, but now there are big interests involved: junk food manufacturers (and Wal Mart as a huge purveyor of said products) have seen a substantial spike in profits associated with the dramatic increase in food stamps over the past several years, and JP Morgan enjoys handling the accounts. They would all fiercely oppose such a change.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 23166344


Standing behind some of these food-stampers in line, and seeing what they buy, will make you just sick.

Some do it right, most don't.

I watched a girl, just today, buy $30 worth of snacks and pop AT THE GAS STATION, on the EBT card.
At 3-4 times what it would cost at the grocery...
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1doh1
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I always wondered if they subtracted the foodstamp money, from the families that got free breakfast and lunch at school. Of course I know the answer.... but you do realize for 5 days and three quarters of the year, you tax payers, are paying for 2 breakfasts and 2 lunches......


(they are talking about dinners at school now too, so I guess we pay 3 times now...)
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Wife's old school served DINNER 3 days a week last year.
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Why not do away with food stamps and just pass out staples? Beans, flour, cornmeal, powdered milk and potatoes, and so on.
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That's a good idea... I would got fat as a pig for slaughter on 5000 calories a day...

even now I live on about 2400 calories a day...

it depends on what you do for work.. if you are totally sedentary ( like watching teevee all day or have low exercise job ( like programming ) you don't quantity, but quality...

as it is, I primarily subsist on coffee, salads, tilapia and Clif and Kind bars...
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Re: Government Assistance Doesn’t Cut It Anymore: Phoenix Mayor Loses 4 Pounds In One Week On “Food Stamp Budget”
I always wondered if they subtracted the foodstamp money, from the families that got free breakfast and lunch at school. Of course I know the answer.... but you do realize for 5 days and three quarters of the year, you tax payers, are paying for 2 breakfasts and 2 lunches......


(they are talking about dinners at school now too, so I guess we pay 3 times now...)
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1160946


Wife's old school served DINNER 3 days a week last year.
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Nice.. so we are on the dole for 6 meals for every kid now.


This country is fucking great.... we are in big trouble if o wins and this gets worse...


Wait till everyone gets fired and moved to
"part time" when Obamacare is enacted... dumbass electorate.

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