Politics: A record 46.7 million Americans on food stamps, which buy less than ever before

Published by: Robert Laurie on Tuesday September 4th, 2012

Robert Laurie

By ROBERT LAURIE - Food stamp usage is at a record level, food prices climbing as well

According to a recent USDA report, a record 46.7 million Americans are now relying on food stamps to cover the cost of groceries.  This is approximately 15 million more than when President Obama took office in 2009. The number has now remained above 46 million for an entire year, as it continues to climb.  California boasts the largest number of recipients, while North Carolina is home to the program's largest expansion.

Equally disturbing?  The explosion in food stamp use has been accompanied by a rapid spike in the cost of food.  Just like the cost of gasoline, grocery bills have seen a sharp spike since Obama took office.  According to the government, prices have increased in all of the most important areas.

  • Beef is up 10.2%
  • Fish is up 7.1%
  • Eggs are up 9.5%
  • Dairy is up 6.8%
  • Pork is up 8.5%
  • Oils & Fats are up 9.5%

Sadly, these numbers mean that if you're out of work, struggling, and have been forced to succumb to the welfare state, the money you receive from Uncle Sam isn't going as far as it used to.  Democrats like to claim that the massive increase in food stamp usage during Obama's tenure is a sign of his compassion - a metric by which we can measure his administration's ability to meet people's need for government assistance. However, it seems that, once they get there, even those who've found themselves forced onto the government dime haven't been spared the negative effects of the Obama economy.

As record numbers of Americans resort to food stamps, they're finding that assistance buys less than ever before.