USA wrestles with spike in food stamp use – 08/23/2011

For Your Horror (FYH)! Is it the future of our children? We need to steer around the boat and fast!  :+(
“In Vietnam, it is known as the “Nha Đam” plant.”

“”It’s kind of sad that even though I’m working that I need to have government assistance. I have asked them to please put me on full-time so I can have benefits,” said the 32-year-old.

She’s worked at Wal-Mart for nine months, and applied for food stamps as soon as her probation ended. She said plenty of her colleagues are in the same situation.

So are her customers. Bill Simon, head of Wal-Mart’s U.S. operations, told a conference call last Tuesday that the company had seen an increase in the number of shoppers relying on government assistance for food.

About forty percent of food stamp recipients are, like Saucedo, in households in which at least one member of the family earns wages. Many more could be eligible: the government estimates one in three who could be on the program are not.

“If they’re working, they often think they can’t get help. But people can’t support their families on $10, $11, $12 an hour jobs, especially when you add transport, clothes, rent.” said Carolyn McLaughlin, executive director of BronxWorks, a social services organization in New York.”

“The maximum amount a family of four can receive in food stamps is $668 a month. They can only be used to buy food – though not hot food – and for plants and seeds to grow food.”


As a “comic relief” (if possible) in French in the text -Note Du Traducteur (NDT)(Sorry the “pun” translation is very, very, very difficult) :


‘Pourquoi en France, en Bretagne, en ete, les gens disent que la creme de peau d’Unilever est un indicateur du marche immobilier en crise, a maree basse?”


“Parce que “la vase ligne” “a louer” “verra”……..;+)


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