Food Stamp Use Surges By Most In Years As Alabama Foodstamp Recipients Double In May

Tyler Durden's picture

It appears that GDP data revisions are not the only thing that the administration enjoys fudging with in order to make the Chinese ministry of Truth seem like a real ministry of truth. After last month the data for April food stamp recipients indicated the we may, just may, be reaching an inflection point in the foodstamp participation following a mere 60 thousand jump in those receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), today's just released data confirmed that the BLS and BEA may have had a hand or two when determining this latest data series. Because the just announced jump in foodstamp usage of over 1.1 million is entirely out of the blue, and as the chart below shows, is the highest single monthly jump in Foodstamp participation since mid 2009, when eligibility requirements were adjusted. Yes, that's 45.8 million people (obviously an all time record) living on foodstamps which amount to the whopping $133.80 per person (an increase of $0.54 M/M) and $283.65 (an increase of $1.29) per household. Obviously, annualizing the latest monthly rate of 1.1 million people, it means that over 13 million Americans will live on about one third what the cheapest iPad costs in about a year.

But wait, there's more. Digging into the numbers reveals something pecuiliar: virtually the entire surge in monthly SNAP participation is due to one state alone: Alabama, which saw those living on foodstamps jump from 868K to 1.762MM. That's 36% of Alabama's population. Is this merely a grand rehearsal for the Jefferson County bankruptcy? Did the state see a mass surge in foodstamp use as hundreds of thousands are trying to game the system in advance of what will be an apic Chapter 9? And if yes, what does that mean for all the other states which will promptly follow in the footsteps of Jefferson County, and for US foodstamp participation?

Which begs the question: will Obama be the first president under whose rule total foodstamp usage hit 100 million? Surely, by then there will be a Nobel price for destroying one's middle class better and faster than any communist in the history of the world, so at least there will be something to memorialize it with.

h/t Papa and John L

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CompassionateFascist's picture

No, black-ish.  In Alabama just about 100%.

hedgeless_horseman's picture




...and bluish.*


*vote for the (D) team

flacon's picture

How hard is it for people to grow at least SOME of their own food and create local food co-operatives? I have a small back yard and live in Canada but I grow quite a bit of my own food. Alabama ought to be prime growing climate - unlike here. It's called being PRODUCTIVE and INNOVATIVE. Some of my "awake" friends who are stuck in the urban setting grow tomato plants in 5 gallon buckets. At least it's better than nothing!

rocker's picture

Great point, they get twice the daytime sun you get in Alabama. Shelby has lots of land. Grow those veggies bitches.

Mactheknife's picture

LOL!  Surely you jest. Like that's gonna happen.

boiltherich's picture

SNAP for the year amounts to 80 billion federal dollars in the Department of Agriculture budget which helps feed tens of millions of Americans for whom there is little hope and zero opportunity.

Interest on the national debt to the investor class for FY 2011 is $385,871,949,498.00

In fact the total budget for the Dept Of Ag is 140 billion and 80 of that goes to help real people actually eat, the rest goes to Cargill, Monsanto, Tyson, and other corporate pigs at the trough in the form of corporate welfare, even McDonalds for fucking christ sakes. 

The GOP wants the budget of the department reduced by 40 billion.  Maybe more, but they want SNAP cut out and even ended, while maintaining the corporate welfare or even increasing it, because that is how they get rich, by selling their votes to the highest bidder.  And they have no shame or remorse about this bribery, it is open and bald faced, since the SCOTUS said that bribery is free speech.

We could slash the departmental budget by nearly half and still feed people as well as keep family and individual farms from collapse just by ending the 60 billion per year in corporate gifts to shareholders and officers of the ten largest Ag corporations. 

This will not happen because GOP and to a lesser degree a few democrats from the red states are the Ag heartland and they simply are not going to risk their biggest contributors ire, they will not only support current levels of corporate welfare but they will make this part of the budget bigger, reduce SNAP by 40 billion and increase corporate welfare by 20 billion, and viola they can plausibly argue on election day that they cut 20 billion of freeloader welfare. 

This is just how we got into the fucked up mess we are in, but nothing will be done because even the teabagging anal retentive jerks have staked out a whole bunch of cuts in spending for people, but no cuts for corporations in their districts. 

Isn't it funny how the fire and brimstone cutters called the tea party want exactly the same thing as the GOP has been demanding for 30 years but this newly named and improved version claims to have a militant right to get it or destroy everything and rebuild in their xtian morality in a way that does nothing but favor the ultra rich while leaving the rest of us in poverty?  The teabaggers are nothing but a strawman created to make the ultra fascist GOP look moderate by comparison. 

What I want, and what I will see in my lifetime, is a return to economic justice.  If you do not believe me just watch, I will make it so, you can too but of course there will always be pussies that sit it out and whine but do nothing.  I will have enemies of course, but more friends, and in the end the economic powerhouse we will become will be all the proof needed. 

When people put their lives on the line for justice sometimes they lose and only a few win, but once won justice is real, and for the crooks and frauds, and thieves, and abusive fascists it is indescribably painful, all misbegotten wealth will be returned to those who worked for it and they will again have a voice, the voice of democracy.  Look at all the charts you want, but bet your fucking ass on this, I am not going to rest until modern finance and modern theft is destroyed. 



wisefool's picture

See, Satan has tried to write the tax code over and over again. Christian philosophers will tell you that the only time christ got pissed off had something to do with tax. Bhudda theoretically burned the asian world down from guilt being a svelt tax collector rather be a fat man eating rice. Then Khan fixed it by seeded the gene pool. But hopefuly <sarc> NPR is educating folks that the male chromasome is going to die out.

Marry young. marry for life. do not drink or fuck to much unless you actually know the math involved that it takes to get (metaphorically) a planet ready for all of lady gaga's spawn a habitat.

Untill then watch CNBC. Cramer has a tax free charitable trust that invests in Ag.

zhandax's picture

*vote for the (D) team

Wait a minute.  Richard Shelby is from Alabama and he plays a republican on TV.....

FEDbuster's picture

The folks in Alabama must have ate all their "green shoots"?

Food Stamps hiding the soup lines since 1939

Hasten the Collapse, OBAMA 2012

Mauibrad's picture

NY EBT cards used everywhere? report:  video:  

janus's picture


i can tell that we are gonna be friends.

yeah, spell check is an issue for me as accent makes for skewed phonetic approximations.


Michael's picture

In retrospect, you may as well have taught a monkey to push the "Yes" button on Epic legislation fundamentally changing how our country is governed.

Gabby Giffords is not of sound mind, making determinations on how a country of our sophistication is to be run.

Monkeys now run our country. It is the Planet of the Apes.

Debbie the Jew will be getting a nice bonus for her fine work. So typical.

Fish Gone Bad's picture

Alabama has all those new anti-illegal-alien rules/laws.  So is it safe to assume that all those on food stamps are truly US citizens?  If so, that is mighty frightening.  When I lived in Alabama in the early 60's, there was ample space to grow food.

zhandax's picture

Don't Walmart much?  One of the girls at work was complaining tonight that she got in line behind someone in Walmart Monday with two shopping carts.  This customer finished the first cart and demanded to pay with a SNAP card.  It contained all the steaks and goodies.  Then she had the cashier ring up the other cart full of ramen noodles, toilet paper, and the like and she paid cash for that.  I asked what the date was Monday.  My co-worker looked puzzled and I explained that SNAP cards get re-filled on the first of the month.  Welcome to the 21st century.  I have to shake my head when I see one of those cards with the American Flag on it in the checkout line.  The most un-American concept ever created.  Just to get a bunch of useless asshats re-elected.

Pay Day Today's picture

Helping millions of your fellow struggling Americans live hand to mouth is "un-American"? What are you, sadistic? The amount that the US has given the banks it could run SNAP for a century. Including the few deadbeat cheats who are cheating the system.

Maybe you should focus on the real big money parasites in the economy.

mojine's picture

I focus on ALL parasites, SNAP, Monsanto, DOD, DEA, HEW, DOE, IRS. DHS, EPA ... ! ALL must go!

writingsonthewall's picture

...but it's easier to blame the poor than it is to fight the banks - don't you recognise a coward when you see one?


Of course the supporters of the system are going to blame the victims and not the perpetrators - otherwise they might have to face the reality that Capitalism has failed - like it was always destined to.

zhandax's picture


Been registered for almost two weeks?  Guess you read a lot of my comments before you posted?  I got news for you cowboy; you haven't stumbled into another yahoo chatroom.  Why don't you STFU until you have a clue?

dark pools of soros's picture

what??!!  and take good land away from the meth labs??? 

dolly madison's picture

How hard is it for people to grow at least SOME of their own food and create local food co-operatives?


Harder than you might think.  I live in a small town surrounded by rural land, so we have been able to grow a big garden in our front yard, and keep small farm animals in our back yard, but it's not so easy for many because of laws.  Just recently one woman had a big fight on her hands with the local government over her front yard garden, and many cities and towns do not allow farm animals of any kind.  With the way the world is going, the laws need to change for sure.

It's crazy that so many don't try though.  Here where I live there are many poor people, getting many benefits, but I don't see many gardens.  Hopefully we will be trendsetters here.

bam_son's picture

Yes exactly! I live in a tiny apartment in a major city and grew tomatoes, peppers and zuchini this year.  It doesn't amount to anything much but I am learning along the way.  

The problem is that after pots, soil and organic plants are tallied up, I spent around $20 to get about $5 worth of food.  However,  it doesn't take much if you have some seeds and soil.  A large % of people receiving foodstamps probably live in apt buildings so it is not feasible for them but there are success stories.  I had friends working at some projects in California.  There was a community garden on a small patch of land that was tended to successfully by the resedents. 

rocker's picture

I'll snap at Shelby who claims he wants no government programs that are in any way considered enttilements.

Hello Mr Bastard, Two-faced, Scumbag Liar Shelby.  Then support your own people.

You claim to have a sefl providing state. Open your house and feed the hungry.

Oh Yeah, Didn't you beg for aid from the hurricanes and tornadoes.  Eh.

rocker's picture

Dam that felt good.

sun tzu's picture

You mean the federal government took money from the residents of Alabama through taxes and gave it back to them - therefore it is welfare? Maybe you think the federal government somehow creates its own money. 

rocker's picture

Didn't you ever hear of Big Ben and his 10 million dollar hellicopters?

Manthong's picture

Uh, food stamps from the Feds are good for those edible inflation stat iPads, right?

Rodent Freikorps's picture

Disaster relief is not an entitlement program.

That is one of the few legitimate reasons to maintain the union: insurance.

Welfare queens are not in the same category, since they actually planned on becoming parasites, and for at least 18 years, not just the duration of the emergency.

In other words, you are a liar, or a moron and I think you should fuck off before you embarass yourself further.

rocker's picture

Understood. Problem is Alabama got aid before they even knew Louisiana had a problem.

Who had their hand out and got more. "Alabama".  

Rodent Freikorps's picture

Alabama's tornadoes came a month before Louisiana's flooding.

Dakota Thunder's picture

If you want Government to support people, have the government send them gold.


eureka's picture

Phat Federation - goodbye usa

Cheesy Bastard's picture

Must.Have.Milk. (Snap out of it, Cheesy)

Zero Govt's picture
Looking good guys, looking really go...dam awful !
nodhannum's picture

Pladizow, who in the hell can concentrate on food stamps, SNAP, or whatever with those two gorgeous mammaries stareing at me?  Now what was the subject about snapples, nipples, oh what the hell.

TruthInSunshine's picture

I am quite conservative on entitlements.

HOWEVER, let's all consider some facts here that may put this into proper context.

Yes, the dramatic increase in the numbers receiving food assistance is troubling and a sure sign that the economy is deteriorating at a rapid clip, and that the American System of - well, just about everything - is failing.

However, the amount paid for food assistance is on the order of 68 billion USD (for FY 2010, at least).

In 2010, an average 40 million US residents received SNAP benefits worth $134 a month to buy food; the total cost of SNAP benefits was $68 billion.

SNAP, Disability - Rural Migration News


So, 68 billion is approximately 1/10th of what TARP cost, not to mention the estimated 3.7 trillion to 5.5 trillion of taxpayer monies (past and ongoing) given to the banks and Wall Street (with record bonuses now being paid out, again, in the wake of abject irresponsibility and failure).

68 billion for SNAP, which actually does help feed some people who are genuinely down on their luck despite trying, and also helps to feed children, who are not in control of their circumstances, is about 1/80th to 1/90th of what banks and Wall Street have been plied with by our 'elected representative' and the Federal Reserve.

I am not defending SNAP, wholesale, on the merits (although I do think there are people who genuinely should receive these benefits, due to the warped system we're living in, even though I definitely lean libertarian, and it almost pains me to say that; I'd much prefer some sort of farm plot program to teach people to grow crops and livestock, but that may not be feasible for a variety of reasons, at least not now), but I did want to add some context here.

StychoKiller's picture

Once you compromise your principles, we end up...well, right where we're at!

What's so horrible about charity?

AssFire's picture

My thoughts exactly. People don't realize how easily convertible these benefits are- especially in the undertow areas.

Die Weiße Rose's picture

Like I said, most of the wealth of the once so proud British Empire and iit's various pirated colonies including the USA

was achieved on the back of slave trading and human trafficking including child-labour and slave labour. To add insult to injury you then have some white trash thugs posting their small-dick racsist shit on here like that Idiot "compassionate Fascist".

No fucking Idea of culture and no fucking Idea of where he came from. The US is truly fucked not because of African Americans on food-stamps, but because they are white trash Europeans that invaded America 200 years ago, plundered murdered and robbed their way through the Land by slave-trading and stealing the Land of the Indigenous People, and now 200 years later they have blown it, they are fucked and their fanatical american dream is slowly turning into a fascist nightmare caused by their total moral and financial bankruptsy.

So you blame "black People" living in Poverty and Foodstamps for your own stupidity and incompetence ?

With dickless cretins like you, it comes to no surprise to anyone in the world that the USA is fucked.


Oh regional Indian's picture


Well said Rose. Hard pill to swallow, but so true. People believe convenient truths. I posted in similar vein a couple of days ago. 

The present is loaded with signatures of the past. To deny that is to deny your own damned existence. And if your personal past affects you then the collective past affects the collective.

But that puts too much responsibility on people. It takes recognizing their family trees to be full of looters and murderers. And then the shocking truth that an apple tree produces apples. Only. I went through that exercise, personally. And can tell you from personal experience that losign the bedrock of beliefs is quite un-settling, to say the least. Too much effort for most.

Truly, while people mindlessly repeat the "those who do not study history...."etc., not understanding that to "study" history is not about knowing dates and characters. It is the grasping of the thread of the present, which has the faint echo f all history and un-ravelling history.

Trouble is, one is usually left un-ravelled one-self by such an exercise.

I hope that made some sense.  Grab the thread of your own history, every "one".