Recovery: 1 in 4 Americans on Federal Food Assistance

Somehow, when 25% of the American population is relying on some kind of federal food assistance, that’s a good thing. All that says to me is that we have a long way to go to experience a true economic recovery.

But liberals keep telling us that we are in recovery now, and that this is the greatest recovery since FDR “rescued” the U.S. from the Great Depression. If that’s the case, then why do so many people depend on federal food assistance programs?

CNS News reported:

In a press release put out last week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said that 1 in 4 Americans “rely” on federal food assistance programs.

“USDA’s 15 nutrition assistance programs help struggling families gain access to healthy, nutritious food,” said the release. “Throughout the month of March, which is National Nutrition Month, USDA will highlight the impact of these programs on the 1 in 4 Americans that rely on these vital programs for the nutrition they need.”

In the USDA’s fiscal 2013 “The Food Assistance Landscape,” which was published in February 2014, the “1 in 4 Americans” statistic is cited. The report also states “a total of 5.7 percent of all households (7.0 million households) had very low food security— the most severe food-insecure condition monitored by USDA. Typically, households classified as having very low food security experienced the condition in 7 months of the year, for a few days in each of those months.”

The USDA’s fiscal 2012 annual report on “The Food Assistance Landscape,” which was published in March 2013, also cited the “1 in 4 Americans” statistic.

“At some point during the year, about 1 in 4 Americans participates in at least 1 of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) 15 domestic food and nutrition assistance programs,” said that report. “Over 70 percent of total USDA outlays go to these programs, which vary by size, target population, and type of benefits.”

The civil government has picked up where the Church and private charities left off when it came to providing for the poor and needy. Churches and charities still are widely available that serve the poor, but the government doesn’t like the competition. The government’s not in the food stamp business to help the poor. They’re looking for dependency. They want as many people to take advantage of government programs so that these people will see how compassionate and caring our government is. They’ll always vote for more government power. The same government helped bankrupt the economy, and now they’re trying to get as many people on government assistance as possible. Once you’re on the government dole, they own you.