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Whopping 46,681,833 U.S. households now on Food Stamps

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
October 18th, 2012
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President Barack Obama's critics have denounced him as the "Food Stamp president." Whatever the case, Food Stamp enrollment is at an all-time high in the United States. At last count, there are 46,681,833 are now enrolled in the social welfare program. These figures are courtesy of the United States Department of Agriculture, the federal department that runs the program.

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - When President Obama took office, enrollment in the food stamps program was 31.98 million. Not even four years later, it's an enormous 46.48 million. This is a substantial gain from 2002, when 19.1 million Americans received food stamps.

The fresh data represents enrollment in July, which is the last month for which data is available. Assuming the program remained on its projected path, the number of those enrolled in food stamps is likely now larger by several hundreds of thousands.

"USDA has engaged in an aggressive outreach and promotional campaign to boost food stamp enrollment. Among these efforts are an ongoing partnership with the Mexican government to advertise food stamps to Mexican nationals, migrant workers, and non-citizen immigrants," the Republican side of the Senate Budget Committee says. "Partly as a result of these efforts, the number of non-citizens on food stamps has quadrupled since 2001," explains."

The cost, as expected, is astronomical. "Total spending on food stamps is projected to reach nearly $800 billion over the next 10 years, with no fewer than 1 in 9 people on the program at any given time. Neither food stamp participation nor spending on the program are ever projected to return to pre-recession levels at any point in the next 10 years."

The Food Stamp program provides nutritional assistance benefits to children and families, the elderly, the disabled, unemployed and working families. Food stamp benefits are issued and accessed electronically using a Benefit Security Card or EBT Card.

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