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Record 45.8 Million Receiving Food Stamps

WASHINGTON, Aug. 7 (UPI) — Alabama, hit by severe storms, pushed the total number of U.S. food stamp recipients to an all-time high of 45.8 million people in May, officials say.

Food stamp use — officially known as the government’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program — surged in Alabama from 868,813 in April to 1,762,481 in May, contributing to the record 45.8 million receiving food stamps in May, CNN reported. That’s about 15 percent of the U.S. population, U.S. Department of Agriculture officials say.

To qualify for food stamps, a person’s income cannot exceed $1,174 a month or $14,088 a year — 130 percent of the national poverty level. The SNAP benefit averaged $133.80 per person and $283.65 per household in May.

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    Every time this issue comes up, I get suspicious. Assuming that SOMEONE ( a vureaucrat at the state or federal level) makes sure that every food stamp recipient deserves to get food stamps (Congress has never done anything to end food stamp fraud yet), it could be argued that it serves a purpose.
    I have only one question for those who treat some issues as a “right.” How many DEAD people in America are currently receiving food stamps, and why is Congress AFRAID to address the issue?

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