SayAnythingBlog linked to USDA figures regarding food stamp usage and benefits; evidently the average recipient gets $133.79 per month, which is disturbingly close to my family's weekly grocery budget. If one adds in free school breakfast and lunches (worth about $20/week per child where I live) and WIC (about $20/week per eligible child), I find that government food assistance significantly exceeds my family's weekly food budget--by about 20-30%, really.
Beyond the obvious wisecrack "well, I guess that's why Dinesh D'Souza came here to see fat poor people," it also should remind us that the poor in the United States do not, by and large, have a crisis born of a lack of resources. Quite frankly, my family could cut our food costs quite a bit by eating more beans instead of meats, switching from butter to margarine, from olive oil to canola, and so on. It would not surprise me if we could get well below $200/week and still eat quite well.
Or, in other terms, about $120/week less than what our government decides is appropriate for those who are "poor". So my question is simple; do our poor have a crisis of resources, or do they have a crisis of character, creativity, and such?
Personally, I'm thinking that teaching poor people how to cook might do far more for them than WIC, SNAP, and all those programs combined!
The Hunger Games - Baltimore, Maryland, last night: Washington, D.C., last night: 40 miles apart. Might as well be a million.
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