Nearly 50 million Americans now on food stamps as middle class plummets into poverty

foodNatural News – by J.D. Heyes

Fifty years after President Lyndon B. Johnson declared a “war on poverty,” and five years after President Obama’s administration declared the “Great Recession” over, a record number of Americans remain on taxpayer-supported federal and state assistance programs.

According to the most recent government figures, as reported by, more than 46 million Americans are not only currently receiving some level of food stamp assistance but have been receiving that assistance for more than three years straight.  

The news website further elaborated:

The number of beneficiaries on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)–AKA food stamps–has topped 46,000,000 for 38th straight months, according to data released by the Department of Agriculture (USDA).

In October 2014, the latest month reported, there were 46,674,364 Americans on food stamps. Food stamp recipients have exceeded 46 million since September 2011.

Millions more being added to the dole

The number of people receiving food stamps in October represented an increase of 214,434, up from 46,459,930 in September.

As of July, the website noted, the national population, according to Census Bureau estimates, was 318,857,056; so the 46,674,364 represented 14.6 percent of the population.

“The number of households on food stamps increased from 22,749,951 in September to 22,867,248 in October, an increase of 117,297,” reported.

By September, the Census Bureau data indicated that there were 115,831,000 households in the country. So, that means the 22,867,248 households on food stamp assistance in October was equal to 19.7 percent of the nation’s total.

“The 46,674,364 people on food stamps in the United States also exceeded the total populations of Columbia (46,245,297), Kenya (46,245,297), Ukraine (44,291,413) and Argentina (43,024,374),” said, while that figure was slightly less than the population of Spain, at 47,737,941.

On average, food stamp households received $261.44 in assistance during the month of October; total benefits paid out by the Department of Agriculture cost taxpayers more than $5.9 billion

In 1969, just four years after the food stamp program was initiated via “war on poverty” legislation that created the program (along with Medicaid), there were fewer than 2.9 million Americans receiving food assistance. By 2014 the numbers had grown by nearly 1,517 percent.

Additional — and new — federal benefits and entitlement programs were expected to increase participation in SNAP and other food assistance programs. In November 2013, The Daily Caller reported:

Obamacare could lead more people enrolling in assistance programs, like food stamps, cash assistance and childcare.

Obamacare’s individual mandate — which compels more people to seek out health insurance — paired with the expansion of Medicaid under Obamacare has created a perfect storm for an increase in low-income assistance program participation, Alabama Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions’ Senate Budget Committee staff explained to The Daily Caller this week.

Obamacare will also expand other entitlement and benefit programs paid for by taxpayers

“Many states use an online system to streamline the enrollment process for low-income assistance programs. After entering some information about your family structure and financial resources, these systems guide individuals through an application for a series of programs, Medicaid and [the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), or food stamps] included,” said the staffers.

Indeed, once more Americans learned they qualified for Obamacare’s (taxpayer-supported) financial assistance, Medicaid numbers skyrocketed. Researchers with the Heritage Foundation said in an October 2014 study that the bulk of Obamacare enrollment increases were in the Medicaid program.

“Health insurance enrollment data show that the number of Americans with private health insurance coverage increased by a bit less than 2.5 million in the first half of 2014. While enrollment in individual market coverage grew by almost 6.3 million, 61 percent of that gain was offset by a reduction of nearly 3.8 million individuals with employer-sponsored coverage,” said an abstract of the study. “During the same period, Medicaid enrollment increased by almost 6.1 million–principally as a result of Obamacare expanding eligibility to able-bodied, working-age adults.”

In sum, the report noted, 71 percent of the total increase in health insurance coverage during the first half of last year was attributable to Obamacare Medicaid expansion in 25 states and Washington, D.C.


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18 thoughts on “Nearly 50 million Americans now on food stamps as middle class plummets into poverty

    1. Its worse than struggling my friend. My relatives report to me that they are seeing massive unemployment everywhere and it is only getting worse. The German economy is in free fall. Its bad. Far worse than people think here. In heaping sanctions on Russian Federation companies mostly what they did was serve to frag the economies of European Counties as well as the US, because the Russians buy a hell of a lot from the west. They love our gear big time. If you have a Hummer that is major “BLING” there. When I was there I saw large American tractor dealerships, and car dealers too. Wouldn’t believe how many American cars the Russian consumer is buying. The like German cars too, They like our trucks as well. Plenty of Kenworths there.

      What I get from the Russian folks I know is they are scarred of what that mad Dog P.O.S. in the White house is going to try to get our military to do to them. They are frightened.. Horrified too because many of them have American Relatives telling them how America is going Soviet.

  1. Meanwhile, illegal immigrant invaders get Holiday Inn Suites, their own private beauty salons, tennis courts, HDTVs, buffets, soccer fields and a free plane ticket to an American destination of their choice.

    Must be nice.

  2. That Half Breed Zionist piece of trash called Barak Insane Oboma knows that everything he is told to say by his handlers is a stinking lie. On the other hand he is also a total PSYCHOPATH on a par with this creep character from a TV series called Babylon 5.

    We have a monster on the throne folks.

    1. Oh man, I feel like I just watched some gay porn and I need to go and wipe the slime off! That was more gay than a four dollar bill!

      1. I tell you. The actor they picked for that part played it perfectly. We’re talking Empire Caligula, and Nero all rolled into on. Total freak of nature.

        Bummer? Yup! He’s Emperor Cartagia of the Centauri. 🙂 LOL

  3. Getting back to the subject at hand, we’re all peons. Don’t try to stand up or you’ll get a firehose of piss to knock you back on your ass. The game is rigged, shysters in control, psychopaths deciding the fate of humanity, until we stand up and take these son’s of bitches off their “high horse”, things will stay the same. I got nothing better to do tomorrow. How about you?

      1. Seriously folks, that’s what it’s going to take. An informed and educated populace cannot be defeated under any circumstance. We all have a common goal, most of us know the government is a façade for the psychopaths to hide behind. Let’s just get the mop out and wipe the slate clean. Get your hemp rope out, we got a lot of people that need to be hung by the neck. Then we can get back to sittin’ on the porch passing the corncob pipe. Until then, no rest for the wicked.

  4. My mother and I stayed at a Quality Inn around the holidays visiting relatives. We were the only americans staying there. I couldn’t believe it. I was one of the former middle class. The politicians shipped our jobs overseas. It looks like the psychopaths are trying to change the values of our country. Instead of working hard together and building a foundation. The psychos want you to do that for a while then they will just jump right in and destroy everything you have tried to accomplish. I don’t know how our country can go on like this if this is the way it is going to be run.

  5. Our jobs are in China, India, Pakistan, Malaysia, etc… “American” (lol) companies, to make more profits and subvert the higher pay for their fellow Americans, moved jobs to these countries to pay them 79cents/hour. We cannot compete with that. Then for every job we lose HERE because of this, that person can only find “minimum wage” job. If the minimum wage wasn’t (a JOKE btw) $7/hr, they’d pay us also 79cents/hour here.

    It’s a ponzi scheme, like everything else.

    Then they have Limbaugh, Hannity, etc…railing against Americans who want more pay to survive. They’re “whiners”.

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