One thing people in Guilford County, the United States and around the world have learned during the COVID-19 pandemic, is that, in a pandemic, governments become very, very generous.
These days, there’s countless evidence to that effect and this week an announcement provided more.
The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) announced on Friday, Sept. 24, that households enrolled in the state’s Food and Nutrition Services program will see their benefits increase by 25 percent beginning on Friday, Oct. 1.
This is the largest benefit increase in the program’s history – with the average monthly per-person benefit rising from $121 to $157.
The last time the amounts were revised was in 2006.
The move, according to the department, is due to a “national re-evaluation of benefit amounts” conducted by the US Department of Agriculture.
In North Carolina – a state with a population of 10.4 million – more than 1.6 million people are enrolled in the Food and Nutrition program that was for decades known as “food stamps.”
“The increase is the result of a congressionally mandated re-evaluation of the program to determine if it reflects the current cost of a nutritionally adequate diet,” according to a Sept. 24 press release from the department.
It adds: “More than 1.4 million North Carolinians are facing hunger and of them 419,470 are children, according to Feeding America. That is one in seven people and one in five children. Food insecurity is associated with numerous adverse health outcomes ranging from high blood pressure to diabetes to mental illness. Children are particularly susceptible to the negative impacts of a lack of access to healthy food because their brains and bodies are still developing.”
The new, permanent 25 percent increase will start at the same time that a temporary 15 percent increase – due to COVID-19 – ends. That increase times out at midnight on the last day of September.
Throwing money at something is wasting it. I mentioned the national obesity rate of 57%. This money govt throws away doesn’t go for beans, rice, cabbage, veggies, fresh fish, etc. It goes for whiz-bang cheeze-dippies, froot juice, lots of cookies & pastries, etc. Just look at the shopping carts, and what is pushing them. Processed-food-o-rama.
It’s funded by money extorted from the taxpayer, and by the printing press in Washington.
Have you noticed how much everything costs now? If it vexes you now, wait until the depth of winter.
Can you please post your BMI?
I don’t want anyone to be hungry if they are not able to work. But, so many businesses are closing because of employee shortages. Why aren’t the unemployed not taking those jobs? One business told me some sign to take training to be able to show they are trying to work and then THEY QUIT!
Many who can’t afford to feed their large families keep getting pregnant. Why can’t they do their part in being responsible- not get pregnant. By their experience, they must know how they got pregnant. Don ‘ t be selfish with the children you bring into the world. AND don’t make me pay for your selfish enjoyment!
And I am NOT suggesting abortion.
Most snap recipients who can work do. That is about a third of recipients. The majority are disabled and elderly. The having babies to make more benefits is a myth. Kill planned parenthood, you take away the one reliable source for birth control that the under privileged have available.
Poor John Q. Public one step closer to bankruptcy. Keep on working Big Jim, Millions on welfare are depending on You!
I’m 100% for helping those in need, but those countless folks that abuse the system can rot in hell.
Why didn’t you bitch and moan when Trump created 2 trillion in debt to provide permanent tax cuts for corporations and wealthy and only gave you and me a small tax cut for a limit of 3 years? If republicans wont stand for a balanced budget…who will?
No one will. We are too dependent on the govt, and will vote for a free lunch. Both parties tell us what we want to hear.
The press needs to hold their feet to the fire. They do not, and will not.
Just sayin: I assume the 100% was a typo. Sounds like you are about 1% in favor of those in need due to your comment about “rotting in hell? What happened to compassionate conservatism? Just saying!
It doesn’t seem to matter how many food programs are out there and how much you raise those food debit cards a month the starving chrildren number just keeps climbing. I don’t believe the numbers. With what all N.C. does to ensure chrildren are fed there shouldn’t be ANY starving chrildren here! If your chrildren are hungry then the parents must be too lazy to go sign up for the benefits, stupid, or spending those benefits on drugs. After all you are allowed to get cash with those EBT cards too!
“Lazy, stupid, drugs”…sounds like you have compassion also! Congratulations.
You’re only allowed to get cash from EBT cards if you are receiving cash welfare. And getting cash is hard to qualify for, unless you’re a pregnant single Mom or have children at home with very little income coming in.
Source: I was an income maintenance caseworker
I’m glad the taxpayers are paying to feed people, so that they can spend their own money on beer, cigarettes, and other essentials.
Remember that most families who receive SNAP also have kids who get free lunch and breakfast. The breakfast is served by teachers when the children get to the classroom in the morning.
Tom, WWJD? Would he post this vitriol and hatred about those less fortunate? Why are you so angry? Enjoy your hypocrisy at church on Sunday.
These “poor people” know how to work the system. See the article in Our State Mag this month and see how prosperous East Greensboro has become. It sounds like a dream area. The mills have become shopping centers and residence. The area has become nice and inviting. These people will always want more as long as they get more. Never will be satisfied.
“These people”…I wonder to whom you could be referring?