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Food Stamps: The Struggle To Eat

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Food Stamps: The Struggle To Eat

Post by Guest on Sat Jul 16, 2011 1:51 pm

http://www.economist.com/node/18958475

As Congress wrangles over spending cuts, surging numbers of Americans are relying on the government just to put food on the table.

WHEN the dismal news came on July 8th that the unemployment rate had risen fractionally to 9.2%, both Republicans and Democrats declared the data proof of the folly of the other party’s policies. How, Republicans asked, could Democrats even consider raising taxes when the economy is so weak? How, Democrats retorted, could Republicans advocate big cuts in the safety net when so many Americans are in desperate need? As the haggling over raising the legal limit on the federal government’s debt reaches a climax (see Lexington), the feeble state of the economy is making the budgetary trade-offs involved ever less appealing.

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Re: Food Stamps: The Struggle To Eat

Post by Guest on Sat Jul 16, 2011 5:25 pm

Cutting Food Stamps would be the last straw for most people I think. It would just bring everything to a head. But God forbid we close a loop hole or two.

Our Dollar Tree here in Sewell has donation weeks. If you donate a dollar or buy an item, they place it in a box at the front of the store for donation, for example, last week was homeless mothers with children, they asked you to buy a canned good or a coloring book or personal hygiene item, at the end of the week, they are taken to a shelter. This week, it's buy food items for the food bank. People are hurting everywhere and this is one way to help out.

Next week, school supplies for people who can't afford them for their kids and they will be donated to various schools, they break it down by grade. Pencils, pens, notebooks, binders, glue,tape,scissors,kleenex, etc. I think it's a nice idea. If your Dollar Tree does this like ours, I think they are wonderful for trying to help.

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