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Food Stamp Recipients Plummet, But Millions Still Need Assistance

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    As the economy continues to improve, the number of Americans is declining and is expected to continue to do so as we move forward. That is great news because the number of people who need government assistance is a good indicator of where the economy is and where it is going. Food Stamp recipients reached their peak in the height of the recession and has been gradually dropping since then. Millions of Americans still need assistance, so we can not pat ourselves on the back just yet. There's still a lot of work to do in order to make sure those who need food the most are able to have access to it.

    I'm interested if anyone knows much about their states Food Stamp program. I live in Oregon and we have a very easy application process to see if an individual is eligible for Food Stamps. I have heard that it's a lot more difficult to get Food Stamps in other states. Does anyone know if this is true?
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    I know here in Texas its fairly easy. I see the white ETC card (SNAP) in a lot of people's hands as they check out. Another interesting question I think is what the program allows you to buy. Should we limit the food options that you can purchase to more healthy options only? Found an interesting debate that pertains to my state. San Antonio Jack In The Box now accepts food stamp cards for meals. Do you think this should be so? At first I thought 'no way'. But now I'm not 100% sure.

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    J.K.Logic Wrote: I know here in Texas its fairly easy. I see the white ETC card (SNAP) in a lot of people's hands as they check out. Another interesting question I think is what the program allows you to buy. Should we limit the food options that you can purchase to more healthy options only? Found an interesting debate that pertains to my state. San Antonio Jack In The Box now accepts food stamp cards for meals. Do you think this should be so? At first I thought 'no way'. But now I'm not 100% sure.
    It would be great if people on food assistance had access to healthier foods, but many of them don't have that option. Many poor areas in this country are virtual 'food deserts' that only have convenience marts and gas station snack sections as their only sources of food. It's also a lot cheaper to buy processed, unhealthy foods than healthier options. If you're trying to feed a family of four on the minimal amount of funds you are given each month then you aren't really left with any other choice than going the 'junk food' route.

    While I don't eat at Jack In The Box, or any fast food chain for that matter, I don't really have a problem with them accepting food stamps. If it makes sure a child is fed at night then I say have at it. As unhealthy as fast food joints are, they are still far better than getting your dinner at a convenience mart.
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    Deraj Wrote:
    J.K.Logic Wrote: I know here in Texas its fairly easy. I see the white ETC card (SNAP) in a lot of people's hands as they check out. Another interesting question I think is what the program allows you to buy. Should we limit the food options that you can purchase to more healthy options only? Found an interesting debate that pertains to my state. San Antonio Jack In The Box now accepts food stamp cards for meals. Do you think this should be so? At first I thought 'no way'. But now I'm not 100% sure.
    It would be great if people on food assistance had access to healthier foods, but many of them don't have that option. Many poor areas in this country are virtual 'food deserts' that only have convenience marts and gas station snack sections as their only sources of food. It's also a lot cheaper to buy processed, unhealthy foods than healthier options. If you're trying to feed a family of four on the minimal amount of funds you are given each month then you aren't really left with any other choice than going the 'junk food' route.

    While I don't eat at Jack In The Box, or any fast food chain for that matter, I don't really have a problem with them accepting food stamps. If it makes sure a child is fed at night then I say have at it. As unhealthy as fast food joints are, they are still far better than getting your dinner at a convenience mart.
    True enough. Food deserts are one of the saddest things that go down in our country. And it really is depressing to go to a "bad" neighborhood and not even see a Wal-Mart or Aldis or any other cheaper department store. You don't need a Whole Foods to really eat healthy. That can be done easily enough, and just as cheaply as any meal for 4 at Jack in the Box. But like you said, that's all for not if you don't even have the option.
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    J.K.Logic Wrote: True enough. Food deserts are one of the saddest things that go down in our country. And it really is depressing to go to a "bad" neighborhood and not even see a Wal-Mart or Aldis or any other cheaper department store. You don't need a Whole Foods to really eat healthy. That can be done easily enough, and just as cheaply as any meal for 4 at Jack in the Box. But like you said, that's all for not if you don't even have the option.
    It is really sad. There are some feel good stories of philanthropists trying to change this, but we still have a long way to go. The most notable one is Wendell Pierce of 'The Wire' who has opened up a handful of grocery stores in low-income neighborhoods in his hometown of New Orleans. I hope to see a day where the only option isn't fast food or a convenience mart in every inner-city in America.