The issue about being on EBT Food Stamps..

@cream97 (29178)
United States
May 19, 2008 8:50pm CST
What is your view on the EBT Food Stamps? If you are not lazy and have to get on them, does that qualify you as being lazy? How do you feel about being on it. I have heard about many people being on it. What do you say..
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@grammasnook (1877)
• United States
20 May 08
Honestly I believe food stamps should be for the people that are working thier tails off just to keep a roof over thier head .. this would be the minimum wage workers. Someone that receives full benefits gets cash food stamp help with day they can go to a 2 year college for free section 8 housing.Tell me where is the incentive to get off of the benefits? Mass has a minimum of 2 years on welfare and that is something I believe our state can be proud of. We no longer have people using the system for too long. Meanwhile these poor souls busting thier butt to stay off the system is paying for daycare and school in lots of homes. The government has it all backwards and live in the 70's as a poverty level. So I guess if you are just collecting food stamps and are working I would not consider you lazy. Many elderly collect stamps without the welfare cash benefits.
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• United States
20 May 08
I agree and you brought up another point I'd like to stress: those that get on welfare and then keep their wages to the minimum just so they can remain on the assistance... If they can get a better job and no longer need the welfare, they damn well ought to! It would make the economy so much better! NOW THAT IS what I call being lazy and abusing the system. All states should have limits and more restrictions. Also, as I mentioned, they should be able to limit the purchasing of junk foods and focus more on nutritious foods such as whole grains, fruits, and veggies.
@kaysue4 (951)
• United States
22 May 08
Here in Ohio there is a 36 month limit to getting cash assistance, which I can't get even though I have health issues and can't work. We get food stamps and medical, thankfully. I have been to school and right before I graduated with an associates degree, my health took a turn for the worst. I have also worked and didn't make enough to get off of food stamps and needed to feed my kids. I would rather work, but I can't.
• United States
22 May 08
Why on earth would you apply for welfare for a health issue that would be social security disability. Fight for your money. You need to research this my friend, get all your health records together including a letter from your doctor that you are unable to work due to your health. Then apply for the disability and yes you will still get food stamps. Dont get discouraged because they automatically turn you down the first time. They have lawyers that specialize just in social security go and see one. Good Luck and I hope your health gets better.
@emeraldisle (13158)
• United States
22 May 08
Well one thing to realize is that food stamps and cash assistance (Welfare) are two very different things. Food stamps is determined by the federal government while cash assistance is done by each state and it varies greatly. Some from the posts I saw did not seem to realize that they aren't all part of the same thing. One can get food stamps but never be able to get cash assistance or medicaid. Right now I'm fighting to gt Social Security. My doctors say I'm disabled the only assistance I can get is food stamps. It's not that much believe me. I hate not being able to work but at this point I cannot so have to get assistance. I noticed one person posting about what people buy on food stamps and how it should go for healthy food only. Sounds great, but then they would have to at least double the amount of food stamps given. To buy healthy food is expensive. I can buy a bag of chips for a $1 and it will go a lot further then a dollar's worth of vegetables. Sugared sugars are a lot cheaper then the nice healthy cereals..it's just how it goes. Do i think people on food stamps are lazy? For the most part no. Most need them to make ends meet. Yes you will always have some who will find ways to scam the system, but they aren't the norm. Most only use it because they have to.
@Bethany1202 (3434)
• United States
20 May 08
I think it's fine if you are struggling and really need help. I've worked a t a grovery store and seen people use food stamps and then of course they have to pay cash for certain things. At that point they pull out literally a wad of cash... Now, of course this could be their paycheck that they need to deposit into their bank account for whatever bills they need to pay, but why are they walking around with this much cash on hand? Also, when I see them driving off in a brand new car all maxed out, THAT is what makes me mad. I knew a woman who had a baby who was born deaf and with a few other medical conditions. These conditions cost her a whole lot of money each month. She did work, and so did her husband, but they needed a little help paying for all these things. The child needed prescriptions each month as well as special educational programs and a slew of other things... I have absolutely NO PROBLEM with this family getting medical assistance as well as food stamps. They did not take advantage of the system. I also think it's ridiculous for the family to use the food stamps on nothing but junk food -- lots of snacks such as high fat potato chips and candy and such. I think they should make at least a percentage of the food stamps to be used for fresh fruits and vegetables, or even frozen or canned fruits and vegetables. Most children don't get enough of these as it is, shouldn't we be helping them out a little more? The people I DO have problems with are those that ARE lazy and take advantage of the system, seeing it as their free ride. I work hard for my money. If a family needs help, I don't mind them getting it. If a family wants to take advantage of the systema dn abuse the benefits, that's when I get irate about it!
@cream97 (29178)
• United States
20 May 08
Yes that is true! If they just received a check, like a stimulus check, then, that money has to go on something else.. I guess that is why they call it Food Stamps, because it can be only used for food..
• United States
22 May 08
Bethany that child is entitled to disability checks and medical benefits they should pursue that avenue. The money she gets they can always put it away this will allow for them to get her special teaching devices to help her to mature and learn. Do not let her pride get her into debt beyond belief. This is when I would love my taxes to be used. To the ones that really need it.
@cripfemme (7722)
• United States
8 Jul 08
I get food stamps and I do "work my tail off" as some people say. I have 3 jobs (one of which ended- suddenly- today, oh fun!). I try to earn money on various writing sites online as well. I receive $133 of food stamps a month. This helps me fill my cabinets more effectively, while leaving a bit leftover for the needed things in life (and I must admit a few luxuries- mostly, in my case, activism). I don't tend to buy treats on food stamps. I buy real food, as I think if I want junk food I should spend my own money on it. I think most people buy food with food stamps, as you can't buy anything else with the kind I get (it's a card that only works for food). Overall, it's a good program, I think!
@cream97 (29178)
• United States
8 Jul 08
Yes, it is! You can buy all kinds of good stuff! It sure beats buying it from your own pocket.
@dragon54u (29005)
• United States
20 May 08
I used to think that people who got food stamps were lazy. That was before I became a poor, in-debt 24yr old who could get no assistance because I wasn't in enough debt and was working but had no money for food. Nowadays, most food stamp recipients need them desperately and they're not even enough to cover the whole month. Children can go hungry for days between food stamp issue dates, and that's a crime in a country where corporate CEOs make more in an hour than the average worker makes in a year. I'm not saying take away from the exec, I'm advocating changing the country's priorities! Senators make a good salary and after only one term in office have a lifetime pension and healthcare--and while they collect that, children are hungry. Get out there and vote out the incumbents, email them and tell them why--these children are hungry while they are secure for 2-4 years of profitable service making bills that benefit lobbyists' interests. This is insane. No, food stamp recipients aren't lazy. Although I'd be ashamed to present food stamps because of how I was raised, there really is no shame in accepting help and I gladly pay my taxes to those people that need them. And 98% of them do! It's still not enough. I've gone to bed with a growling belly and it ain't no fun, lemme tell ya!
• Battle Creek, Michigan
24 May 08
Obviously, if you are not making enough money to make ends meet, then the income either needs to increase or the expenses decrease. Debts such a student loans or credit cards should come way down low on the list of priorities. No one who is working should need to be on food stamps. If you are not making enough to completely support yourself, then you need to either get a higher paying job or lower your cost of living.
@Hatley (134702)
• Garden Grove, California
13 Jul 08
cream for those in real need Ithink they are grand as they are not given to those who can work and have good paying jobs but to the needy poor. Why should that qualify you as being lazy when through no fault of your own you are without money a job and food?a lazy person usually does not evenqualify for food stamps.
@kaysue4 (951)
• United States
22 May 08
Well, I have been out of work now for about 5 years because of health reasons and even when I was working I was not making enough and still got food stamps. Though now with the prices even higher, I get less food for my boys. In my area, if your health is good, then to get the food stamps you have to work so many hours at a work site, so if you can do those few days, why can't you get a job, unless you are in our area and there are very little jobs and more places closing down everyday. I wish I had better health, but I don't and I figured it out one time and I think we spend like under 43 cents per meal to feed my family, so I guess I do really well. You have to know how to shop to get discounts and buying in bulk also helps. There are people that take advantage of "the system" and make it harder for other people who really, really need it.
@minnie_98214 (10575)
• United States
20 May 08
Well each person has there own story and yes some of them are just plain lazy. I collected for about 6 months awhile back but I was working full time. I was doing daycare for a family with 4 kids so no way was I lazy. The reason I was on EBT was she was going to school and the government paid her daycare bill well there were issues and I wasnt getting paid and that was my only income. I did get paid eventually all that was owed but the ebt helped till i got my money.
@jer31558 (3684)
• United States
20 May 08
I think it is great for those that need it, and if I were in such a situations, I would apply in order to feed my family it that is what it takes. I also think that it is an abuse system as well. I think it should be a little more regulated. It irritates me to be in a checkout line and the person ahead of me is piling sodas, candy and other junk food on to be paid for by taxes. I think it should be limited to well balanced food items, veggies and fruits, meats and dairies and such. It should be to feed the families in a healthy and nutritious manner.