On the first of the month, hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars (Last year, it was $76 billion) are instantly downloaded onto debit cards so that 47 million poverty-line Americans can received their monthly allotment of food stamp dollars, on average, about $130 per person. Within minutes, 30% of these Americans will head to the nearest 24-hour Wal-Mart, the reaper of great profits from this necessity spending.
The Farm Bill that passed earlier this year promises to cut $8.6 billion out of SNAP over the next decade. In Pennsylvania, 14% of our families will average a very depressing total drop of $183 each.
Nearly one in three working families in the U.S. struggles to pay for the basic necessities every month. How do you think you would do on a low wage salary? Try this tool developed by Public Radio Market Place to see what it takes to make ends meet.
Hunger in America-it’s a shanda.