Friday, April 03, 2009

Food Stamps up to over 32 Million ( increasing over one million in a month) One in 10 Americans needing Assistance...


One of my jobs, besides Nursing.... is at a local market.....late at night many more men are coming to shop and they use their food stamps and look about furtively, hoping not to run into neighbors or previous co-workers. Most are dads, and are still learning their way about the store. I tell them what is on sale and where the special treats are like produce and bakery goods. Other times it is the elderly that come and they bring change bundled or a coffee can of change, I encourage them to get Food Stamps and give them the phone number and address....and yeah, sometimes I "lend" them change...And other nights it is young parents looking for Bread, Milk and Cheese on sale....and I remind them that Bananas are on sale.

And over the past few months our Manager has been keeping watch and making changes. He now is sure to set up Dollar Sales and 99 Cent Sales and feature them...He has put more produce and meat and milk on sale.And he helped organize a Food Bank drive and this week he came to me and handed out copies of the Free Campground Healthcare Fair.....He too has seen the faces and eyes of those coming in to the store....

3 comments:

Fran said...

Our local news reported in Lane County Oregon (where I live) 1 in 7 people are on food stamps.
We don't currently qualify because I work full time & the husband is getting unemployment.
If/when the unemployment runs out, we would definitely qualify.

And Cantor thinks it's not urgent.

Look at any statistic.... foreclosures, food stamps, kids qualifying for free lunches (poverty level),
bankruptcies, unemployment.... all the indicators are there- that we are in trouble.

enigma4ever said...

yeah...we are..we really are...

imee said...

That's a really really sad fact indeed. Actually, even before this recession the number of food stamp enrollment and recipients were already rising. I guess we only noticed now because almost everyone (even the rich) are cash-strapped.

-Imee