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More than 46 Million People on Food Stamps EVERY MONTH in 2012

On Friday, the United States Department of Agriculture quietly released new statistics related to the food stamps program, officially known as SNAP (the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program). The numbers reveal, in 2012, the food stamps program was the biggest it’s ever been, with an average of 46,609,072 people on the program every month of last year. 47,791,996 people were on the program in the month of December 2012.

The federal government also says that in a given month in 2012, the number of households on food stamps was 22,329,713.

The state with the highest average number of participants per month in 2012 was Texas, with an astonishing 4,038,440 folks drawing from the program. The second highest is California, with 3,964,221, and then Florida, at 3,353,064.

Washington, D.C., with an estimated population of 617,996, had an average of 141,147 participants. Meaning, roughly 23 percent of folks living in D.C. are on food stamps, according to the numbers provided by the federal government. The participation rate in Texas, which has an estimated population of 26,059,203, 15.5 percent.

The state with the lowest number of participants in the program was Wyoming, with 34,347 out an estimated population of 576,412.

Over the weekend, Senator Jeff Sessions, the top Republican on the Senate Budget Committee, said that the Obama administration is encouraging growth in the food stamps program as a way to stimulate the economy.

“Amazingly, the federal government says that the more people we have on food stamps, the more it grows the economy. The Department of Agriculture proudly declares: ‘Each $5 in new [food stamp] benefits generates almost twice that amount in economic activity for the community.’ Our government is running food stamp promotions at foreign embassies. One worker was given an award for overcoming ‘mountain pride’ and getting more people to sign up. Where I grew up in Alabama, all honest work, even the hardest, was honored. And pride, self-respect, and a desire to be independent was valued, not a thing to be overcome,” said Sessions, who delivered the weekly Republican address.

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  • And of course we all know what will happen when the “bread and circuses” are over. Those that always have done will be ok. Those that never have done will want yours. Lets make sure that does not happen.

  • Jaime Cancio

    Strange how government accounting works and what they report and what they don’t report. The government claims 46 million people receiving food stamps but other sources claim much more. One economics expert claiming we will see 63 million people on food stamps before the end of this year. It appears the same people who manipulate the unemployment figures are now doing food stamp reportage as well.

  • hongryhawg

    Now that the election is past and the desired result has occurred, I expect these numbers to start dropping. The payola is coming to an end. The gravy train is applying the brakes. Woe is all dem voters!