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HUNGER! In America!! Congresswoman Says Her Food Stamp-less Constituents Have To Eat Dog Food To Survive

July 16, 2013 by  

Representative Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.) recently offered a poignant anecdote highlighting the human toll wrought by the pestilence and famine that has beset America, making an impassioned plea to her colleagues in the U.S. House of Representatives last week to help the impoverished, destitute and hungry recipients of food stamps in her district, who have resorted to eating dog food when their monthly government food subsidy runs out.

On July 11, Wilson recounted her constituents’ anguished, demeaning battle for survival to illustrate the urgency of keeping the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in the Farm Bill.

“Mr. Speaker, SNAP; Food Stamps – however you phrase it – is fundamental to the nutritional supplement to millions of Americans – black, white, feeble seniors, struggling mothers, disabled veterans and hungry children,” she said.

“Mr. Speaker, it was reported to me that there are seniors in my district who eat dog food when their food stamps run out. I was appalled and went to see for myself, and I was dumbfounded. I fixed the situation, but I’m sure that somewhere in America today some poor soul is relying on dog food to take them through the month…Mr. Speaker, please do not hurt or destroy what is a mainstay in the lives of so many Americans who are just trying to get by. Do not remove nutrition, including the food stamp program from the Farm Bill. It’s wrong, it’s punitive and it’s cruel.”

Nevertheless, the House turned a blind eye to the plight of starving Floridians whose profligacy with their food subsidies has left them wanting at the end of each SNAP cycle, passing the Farm Bill without the food stamp program on a 216-208 vote. The Administration of President Barack Obama, a strong advocate for SNAP and free food, has threatened to veto a Farm Bill that omits the lifesaving SNAP program.

CNS News found that a little consumer enlightenment might benefit both species:

Today, July 15, at a Bravo Supermarket in Miramar, Florida, for example, a can of Alpo Prime Cuts dog food is on sale for 89 cents. Conversely, Bravo Brand vegetables are on sale for 68 cents a can; 16 oz. packages of Goya pasta are 78 cents; and bananas are 33 cents a pound.

Looking at wholesale prices at a Sam’s Club in Miramar, Florida, a 24-pack of 13.2 oz. Alpo Prime Cuts dog food is $14.98 and Pedigree Choice Cuts dog food is $16.60. At the same Sam’s Club, an 8-pack of 15 oz. cans of peas and corn is $5.88.

It’s not known whether the dog population in Ms. Wilson’s district is yet in decline, as dogs and humans have been reduced to warring with each other over an increasingly scarce common food source. Animal rights groups have thus far been silent on the sad struggle between dog and man to secure store-bought dog food, one of the basic necessities of life. It’s also not been confirmed that those forced to eat dog food indeed included children – a condition we obviously can’t tolerate.

Ben Bullard

Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.

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  • terrygamage

    Democrats have been using this same urban legend since the advent of the food stamp program

  • Kathy Priest

    That congresswoman has no idea what she is talking about. My daughter was on food stamps when she was pregnant and not married and right out of college. She was embarrassed to use them, so I went with her. They get plenty if they use them right. I eat peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for lunch, bean buritto for breakfast and a sandwich or some type of protein for supper and I am not on food stamps and my body is fine with that nutrition. I think her constituents are wanting to pig out and no one except the President can afford to do that. Maybe her state needs to get people off the couch and back to work. I do not expect to pay for lazy people anymore with my tax dollars. I work hard for what I have and do not waste my paycheck except for what the government gets in taxes and if I can find a way to stop that I will!!!!! Tell her handout grabbers to Stop griping.

    • http://persoballiberty.com Gail Filerino

      They need to get their boot off our backs do we can work. Over 90 MILLION PEOPLE OUT OF WORK & 100 Millions on food stamps. Have you ever seen that many people out if work before. That’s almost a third of this country. When Bush was in unemployment at it’s worst was 5%.

  • http://persoballiberty.com Gail Filerino

    REALLY! Well that’s because there’s 90 MILLION PEOPLE OUT OF WORK WITH OVER 100 MILLION ON FOOD STAMPS. This is by design CONGRESS WOMAN! The design of you & your liberal leftist COMMUNIST in the effort to transform AMERICA into on poverty 3rd world country.
    I have an idea how about you COMMUNIST go back to capitalism like before obama took over & there was only 4% unemployment & people had good jobs. Wow how about that.
    Well the they wouldn’t be eating DOG FOOD.
    They would have more money to spend on food instead of your $40.00 a week per person.
    How about getting the liberal leftist COMMUNIST BOOT OFF OUR F___K__G BACKS. KILLING SMALL BUSINESSES.

    • Random Erik

      Not to mention also that, while you are correct – there are actually 101,000,000 people on food stamps – there are only 97 million people who are actually employed and paying taxes.

      But then, we wouldn’t want to let a little simple math intrude on such a heartfelt and impassioned LIE, now would we?

      • http://persoballiberty.com Gail Filerino

        Really lies. Honey there should be 200 MILLION PEOPLE EMPLOYED. ONE THIRD OF THE COUNTRY UNEMPLOYED IS ABSOLUTELY DEPRESSION NUMBERS.Just a little math for you. Not to mention a large majority of those employed are under employed & work part time. Many have to work two jobs because they can’t get full time anymore. Gee I wonder why that is. Oh yeah THE LIBERAL LEFTIST COMMUNIST BIG BRAIN OBAMA DESTROY HEALTH CARE! THAT’S ANOTHER JOB KILLER!

  • Greg Mc.

    Congresswoman, if you would back off of your big government policies, and let the economy grow with privately owned businesses. this means grow without the government getting in the way you would not have this problem with food stamps. You yourself have created this problem, and more food stamp subsidies is not the answer. You need to find another solution to your delema, not more hand outs from the government!!!

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