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Millions of Eligible People Don't Get Food Stamps

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More than 3 million needy people in big cities could be getting food stamps but don't for a variety of reasons, an anti-hunger group says (see story in CNN).

That translates to $2.1 billion in unused food stamps, the Food Research and Action Center said in a report released Wednesday, Sep 28, 2005.

The Food Stamp Program is a critically important but very underutilized resource for urban America, according to the new Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) report, “Food Stamp Access in Urban America: A City-by-City Snapshot” (see full report as PDF file). The FRAC report analyzes food stamp usage and the incidence of hunger and poverty in 25 of America’s largest cities, spread out over 20 states and the District of Columbia.

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MARIA69

YOU ARE SO RIGHT I HAVE 5 KIDS SINGL;E PARENT AND THET TELL ME I WAS OVERPAID THAT THEY WERE GOING TO LOWER MY AID JUST FOR 3 MONTHS AND ITS BEEN 6 GOD HOW I WISH I COULD GET A BETTER JOB AND JUST SAY GOODBYE TO FOODSTAMPS

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Broke59

Most people who get food stamps get cut off because they make 20 or 30 dollars too much... come on people this is a goverment program... and if you have 1 or 10 childern you should qualfy for the program and there should be a bottom line limit on those familys that make 20 or 30 dollars to much... give these people 100.00 a month and see if it dose not help them and take some of the burden off there shoulders... a mother with hungery kids and tapped out credit cards can sure use that 100.00 dollars a month on food... The system need to be re-evaluated... because it is just not a fair one...

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ms.king

emil that is so very true! i have a disabled daugther and i pay child support for 3 other children and i work as a server getting paided 3.15hr pluse tips. i sometimes donot understand how i am able to make ends meet.

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Anonymous

I just found your site and I am intrigued to say the least. However, I couldn't let this particular article pass by without a comment (or 2). Millions of eligible people don't get food stamps... has anyone bothered to ask WHY? Has anyone actually gone down to the food stamp office and sat on THIS side of the desk, been interrogated by a semi-gestapo looking/acting clerk, been told they were $2 over the limit, told they had EXCESS income and therefore did not qualify? When someone does actually qualify Social Services does not make it easy. Not only do you have to document every penny of your income and expenses, you have to have proof and you had better be able to justify those expenses as well. This is not a short meeting either. The applicant has to take a day off work, find the nearest office, spend the day waiting to be called and then be told, "You will receive a letter in the mail with our decision." This letter may or may not come with in the next month or so. If you are applying for Medicaid, it takes up to 6 months - and believe me they will take 6 months! So is it worth it? What do you think?

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