The Food Stamp program is officially called SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program). It replaced the old "Welfare" part of public assistance.
The GOP is trying to get a lot of mileage over this issue by calling President Obama "The Food Stamp" President all the way to flat out lying flat out about the program while insisting that those on food stamps are lazy and need a job, or worse are more Black than White. None of what they say in context is true, and the facts are reflected in the three USDA graphics above grabbed from the Ed Show on msnbc.msn.com.
Facts and Data: Today nearly 46 millions Americans use food stamps to supplement their low income in order to get healthy food. The GOP implies they need to get a job "not get a government handout." As the chart shows nearly have are under the age of 18, which means getting a job is difficult and in further analysis, nearly half of that half are small children.
Data from May 2011: To qualify for food stamps, individual income can't exceed $1,174 a month or $14,088 a year -- an amount that is 130% of the national poverty level. The average food stamp benefit was $133.80 per person and $283.65 per household.
The highest concentration of food stamp users were in California, Florida, New York and Texas -- where more than 3 million residents in each state received food stamps.
This divisive political harping by the GOP is sickening to say the least. They are only fooling themselves.