Obama Admin Boosts Food-Stamp Participation by Targeting Seniors

By:  Brian Koenig
09/06/2012
       
Obama Admin Boosts Food-Stamp Participation by Targeting Seniors

Despite already having record-breaking numbers of Americans on food stamps, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) continues to campaign for more, as the agency has been espousing the government welfare program through parties featuring games like Bingo and crossword puzzles. Targeting the nation’s seniors, the effort was touted in a pamphlet released on the USDA website earlier this summer, which provides tips for recruiting potential recipients to the program.

Despite already having record-breaking numbers of Americans on food stamps, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) continues to campaign for more, as the agency has been espousing the government welfare program through parties featuring games like Bingo and crossword puzzles. Targeting the nation’s seniors, the effort was touted in a pamphlet released on the USDA website earlier this summer, which provides tips for recruiting potential recipients to the program.

“Forget Tupperware bashes and toga soirees — the latest rage is food stamp parties,” Fox News quipped in a June article. “The USDA is encouraging the nation’s food stamp program to promote the elderly using parties and games.”

The number of recipients drawing benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), commonly known as food stamps, has hit an all-time high, with a record 46.7 million Americans now benefiting from the program. Participation in SNAP has been greater than 46 million all year, as unemployment remains persistently above the 8-percent mark.

"Too many middle-class families who have fallen on hard times are still struggling," Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Tuesday in a statement. "Our goal is to get these families the temporary assistance they need so they are able to get through these tough times and back on their feet as soon as possible."

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