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

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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.

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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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  • merry

    What on earth is this woman talking about?? I am a cashier and day after day I scan and bag cartloads of JUNK FOOD (candy, soda, chips, ice cream, cookies, etc) all paid for with EBT cards and NOT ONE item with any nutritional value whatsoever!!! I have been doing this for enough years to know the difference between food stamp scammers and people who truly need the help. The people who truly need the help are buying things like pasta, milk, cheese, bread, peanut butter, jelly, and on and on. I live and work in Florida and what she needs to do is investigate the fraud that goes on daily in this program and do away with the scammers and generational welfare lazy asses who never worked a day in their lives!! I am 68 years old and because I have self-respect will, if lucky, work until I just drop dead. A co-worker of mine just retired because she couldn’t physically do the job anymore. She is 83 years old!!!
    Either this woman has no clue what is going on in her district or she, herself is a party to something nefarious!

    • Alan

      You’re absolutely correct merry! I think your last line summed things up pretty concisely.

    • suz

      Your so right I’ve been behind those same people , junk food, soda’s etc. They should be made to only get fruits and veggies, meat only certain cuts

    • IsThisAmerica

      I was in line behind two people who were together, had 2 carts full to the brim, had prime cuts of steak, hamburger, chips, pop, non-grocery items, paid with an ebt card and the non-grocery items she had, whipped out a huge roll of money and paid for that, then walked out to a brand new SUV. Wow how do I get that kind of help? I’m on disability from an accident on the job and my state only offered me $20.00 a month for food stamps. I don’t get any help at all. My car is 9 years old.

      • Quester55

        Instead of Complaining about this kind of FRAUD, You should REPORT Both the Person & The Store to the Local Welfare Department! Just get the Buyer’s Plate # on their Car, The Store’s Managers Name, Note the Date, Time & Location.
        However, if you just leave this type of FRAUD Alone, YOU’LL be Just as GUILTY as THEY!!!

        • IsThisAmerica

          OK didn’t know I could do that. Thank you

    • Quester55

      Marry, She’s a Socialistic Democrat, so there is your Reason & Answer.

      Some Republicans ,Both the Disabled & retired I know Including myself, are reluctantly on food stamps. When your forced to retire due to injury or illness, Your Savings goes flying out the window, Fast!

      So a check under $1000.00, doesn’t go very far for 2 seniors these days. after all the bills are paid, There is very little left to buy FOOD on so what little we get on food Stamps, Is a Blessing, or it was until OBAMA CUTS Away the amount we got to less than $70.00 per month, for 2!??
      THEY say; Being poor is Hell, I say, Being Disabled & Poor is a one-way ticket to DEATH!!

      • merry

        I fear you misunderstand me, Quester. I have absolutely no problem with helping those in true need. What I am against is the misuse and fraud perpetrated in this program in great numbers. If they could weed out the scammers, many of whom I see on a daily basis in my work, I am sure there would be more money for those truly in need. Not to mention the money that goes to illegals like the young Mexican girl in front of me at the checkout 2 wks. ago with FIVE CHILDREN under the age of 10 who paid with welfare checks (and she spoke no English). I am only a cashier, I make $8.50/hr, am self supporting, and am 68 years old. I get tired of all this :(
        All the best to you :)

  • Bill

    They should try getting a job

  • WiSe GuY

    So? Who cares about food stamp recipient’s?

  • maggie

    Just plain nonsense. No one is hungry here except by poor choices and laziness.

  • suz

    I guess they haven’t got a dog because dog food isn’t cheap anymore

  • al

    Yea.if they’d leave off the beer, cigs, & junk food!! Keck they could live on less than $5-6 a day & go to Micky D’s….not much…but better than dog food!! That’s crap & their own fault!!

  • Ted

    I live on Social Security. I do not use the government dole. I buy healthy food (Which is cheaper than dog food). I buy very little processed food. This politician is not living in the real world. I am bothered, not by people who legitimately need help; I am bothered by standing in line behind three teenagers who buy chips, pop and candy with an EBT card while I spend my money on real food. (Happened to me last week)!

    • Quester55

      Your correct Ted, There is Need for a Change in the way EBT moneys are Spent & Stricter Rule Enforcement is LONG OVERDUE!!
      At One Time, Food Stamps met just That, FOOD ONLY, & No Junk Foods, like Chips, Candy or sodas, but now the stores don’t follow the rules.
      you see, It’s the Stores that Allow the rules to be broken & as long as their customers keep asking, the more the store will keep looking the other way.

  • Chris

    Yes, dog food is NOT cheap and people should NOT be ALLOWED to buy junk food with an EBT card. If it’s true people are eating dog food, then maybe something is wrong with those people. When I was a child I knew a woman who had cats and heard after she died that she was eating cat food………they found her dead on her cellar steps stuck to the wall and her cats eating her body to survive………..they also found $40,000 in her home.

  • Jimmy the Greek

    hell i would eat the dogs not the dog food !

  • john

    I know a family on food stamps that buys steak, shrimp, and ribs. Then in around 2-2.5 weeks their begging their friends for food.

    • Quester55

      Fools come in All sizes, Races & Ages, The Habits of some Should never be used as a Covering for all!
      As they say; One Spoiled Apple can ruin the whole barrow.
      As for Food-Stamps, Sure, There is Fraud, and the worse are coming from the once very RICH to those ILLEGALS that have been invading our lands for years. However, Don’t Punish those of us for the Sins of others!

    • billybob

      We must be neighbors?

  • John Gault

    When one considers the nutritional value of Raman noodles (zero) or a Taco Bell burrito (zero) or some of the processed canned vegetables (just above zero),, dog food may not be a bad choice. Read the labels.

  • independent thinker

    I have eaten dog food and it was rather tastee. Just needed a little salt.

    • Quester55

      A few years ago, When I was still able to walk, My wife came home with some Dogie Treats for our Black Lab. They where made of ” Flour, Wheatgerm, Molasses, CAROB Chips, Sugar, Backing Soda & no preservative, ” Our dog loved them & at the clearance price of 5lbs. for $1.50, It was a steal. I Sent her back for more, While she was gone, I Tasted one, These Dog Cookies where just as good as Archway@ Chocolate Chip Cookies, made for humans?

      Strange, The store ran out & We never saw them again. That is, until Christmas, When she came home with a Bag of Christmas Cookies, for Humans, And guess what?, The ingredients where just the same as those Doggy Treats she got last spring!

      I don’t advocate Eating Animal food, However when faced with Starvation, It will keep you alive for a time.

  • laura merrone

    What do you expect from South Florida? They always vote Democrat and constantly liberal. You would never hear of any problems in, say, Jacksonville or Gainesville because people up there still know how to hunt, fish and generally take care of themselves esp. if they live out in a rural area. I know because I lived in a rural area in North Florida.

  • jc13

    A grocery clerk scanned two cases of dog food for an elderly woman. He inquired what breed of dog she had. ” This is for my husband, we don’t have no dogs.”

    ” Your husband can die if he eats this much dog food!” the clerk replied. The woman went on about her way. The following week she was being checked out by the same clerk.

    “I see you’re not buying dog food today”. “No, she replied, my husband passed away”.

    ” I’m sorry to hear that but I told you the dog food would kill him!”

    “No it wasn’t the dog food, she said, he was sitting in the middle of the street licking his balls and a car ran over him!”.

    • Quester55

      Oh that’s Bad! But everyone (even us Poor & Disabled) need a good laugh now & then, Thanks JC13, I needed that!