About 1 Million Kids Are Now Eating Dinner at School

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Kate Scanlon

    Should schools feed students dinner before they go home?
    First came lunch, then breakfast. Now, schools are serving dinner, too.

Should schools feed students dinner before they go home?

There’s a growing demand for schools to feed students dinner before they come home, according to the Associated Press.

Many low-income students are already provided with breakfast and lunch while they are at school. As part of the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act—a law signed by President Obama in 2010—a pilot program was developed to provide free or low-price meals after school as well.

As of last year, about 1 million students across the country received dinner or an after-school snack before going home.

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“When kids are hungry, they don’t pay attention,” Bennett Kayser, a school board member for the Los Angeles Unified School District, told the AP. “This is something that should have started years ago.”

Evelyn Ruballos, 10, noted that she “usually only eats crackers” after school. “And then I just go to sleep,” she said.

The demand for dinner exceeds those who are in need: Some busy families have expressed desire for their children to come home already fed, freeing up time after school for sports, homework or family activities.

Rachel Dunifon, a policy professor at Cornell University, told the AP that the meals might “help alleviate stress.”

“It could actually be good and open up more time for families,” she said.

Rachel Sheffield, a policy analyst for The Heritage Foundation’s DeVos Center for Religion and Civil Society, said that expanding a broken welfare system without first solving its problems is not an efficient way of helping those in need.

“The federal government currently operates about a dozen programs that provide food assistance to poor and lower-income Americans,” Sheffield observed. “On top of food programs, there are about 70 other means-tested government welfare programs that provide cash, housing, medical care and social services.

“Tragically, this welfare system has failed to truly help the poor achieve self-sufficiency. Rather than continuing to expand a broken system, policymakers need to work to reform it.”

Food Stamp Beneficiaries Exceed 46,000,000 for 38 Straight Months

    The 46,674,364 on food stamps in October was an increase of 214,434 from the 46,459,930 on food stamps in September.

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By Ali Meyer

(CNSNews.com) – The number of beneficiaries on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)—AKA food stamps–has topped 46,000,000 for 38th straight month, according to data released by the Department of Agriculture (USDA).

In October 2014, the latest month reported, there were 46,674,364 Americans on food stamps. Food stamp recipients have exceeded 46 million since September 2011.

The 46,674,364 on food stamps in October was an increase of 214,434 from the 46,459,930 on food stamps in September.

As of July, the national population was 318,857,056, the Census Bureau estimates. Thus, the 46,674,364 on food stamps equaled 14.6 percent of the population.

The number of households on food stamps increased from 22,749,951 in September to 22,867,248 in October, an increase of 117,297.

As of September, according to the Census Bureau, there were 115,831,000 households in the country. Thus, the 22,867,248 households on food stamps in October equaled 19.7 percent of the nation’s households.

The 46,674,364 people on food stamps in the United States also exceeded the total populations of Columbia (46,245,297), Kenya (46,245,297), Ukraine (44,291,413) and Argentina (43,024,374).

They were slightly fewer than the population of Spain (47,737,941).

Households on food stamps got an average benefit of $261.44 during the month, and total benefits for the month cost taxpayers $5,978,320,593.

In 1969, the average participation in the SNAP program stood at 2,878,000. In 2014, average participation grew to 46,536,000 showing an increase of 1516.96 percent.

Dear Millenials: 1 Out Of Every 5 Of You Live In Abject Poverty

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By V. Saxena, December 16, 2014.

I strongly believe that the current generation of young adults among us suffer from a severe case of entitlement syndrome. Many of them lack a job, let alone even the motivation to work. They live off their parents, avoid chores and waste their free time doing absolutely nothing productive. While it might all seem like fun and games at their age, I know for a fact that time catches up with everybody – and that the young grasshoppers who neglect their duties wind up paying for it in the long run.

These days, the need to work hard and avoid improvidence is stronger than ever, all thanks to Obama’s dismal economy. Speaking of which, according to data dug up from the Census Bureau by the reporters at CNS News, “one in five young adults – ages 18 to 34 years old – live in poverty“:

In 1980, according to the Census, 14.1 percent of the total population ages 18 to 34 were living in poverty, which is determined by the millennial’s income in the past 12 months. In 1990, the percentage of millennials in poverty increased to 14.3 percent. In 2000, it climbed to 15.3 percent. And in 2009-2013 it reached the highest level recorded in the dataset of 19.7 percent.

Hear that, millennials? One out of every five of you either lives in poverty now or is slated for a life of poverty.

But it gets worse. According to CNS News, almost two-thirds of all children in the United States live in a household that requires the assistance of federal aid programs like Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women.

CNS News places the blame squarely on the “disregard for marriage and traditional family life” seen in contemporary culture. Not surprisingly, the Census Bureau backs this claim up to a T. It notes that single parent households are the most likely to be living in poverty. Next on the list are unmarried, cohabitating parents.

Scared yet, millenials? Too bad, because I got more bad news for you.

According to CNS News, the number of Americans receiving food stamp benefits is at an all-time historic high. Over 46 million Americans have been collecting food stamps now for 37 months straight. And if you millenials don’t get your act together, you could inevitably wind up being one of them.

Here’s a tip: Life is not a game. Take what you do and how you live very seriously, because time passes quicker than you realize. Anybody can dream of having a nice job and a nice home, but only those who put forth the effort now will truly succeed. So take hold of your future TODAY by working hard, staying focused, avoiding excuses, shunning laziness and making the right choices! Trust me; it’ll make a world of difference in how your future turns out.

And oh, avoid chasing after perfection. It took me a decade of grinding hard as hell to acquire this position at Downtrend. If you enter the job market with the intention of landing the perfect job, then sorry, but chances are high that you will wind up broke, unemployed and on food stamps. Just speaking the truth . . .

Remember, you must learn to crawl before you can learn to walk.

Food Stamp Beneficiaries Exceed 46,000,000 for 37 Straight Months

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By Ali Meyer

(CNSNews.com) – The number of beneficiaries who receive compensation from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), otherwise known as food stamps, has topped 46,000,000 for 37 straight months, according to data released by the Department of Agriculture (USDA).
In September 2014, which is the latest data from the USDA, there were 46,459,998 Americans who received assistance from the SNAP program. The number of beneficiaries has exceeded 46 million since September 2011, a total of 37 months, or more than three years.

In September, the number of beneficiaries was down from the 46,476,410 beneficiaries there were in August, a decline of 16,412. During that same time frame, the number of families receiving SNAP benefits increased from 22,724,624 in August to 22,750,019 in September, an increase of 25,395.

Households on food stamps in September got an average of $252.69 during the month, and the program benefits cost taxpayers $5,748,809,023.

In 1969, the average participation in the SNAP program stood at 2,878,000. In 2014, average participation grew to 46,536,000 showing an increase of 1516.96 percent.

Omnibus Bill Keeps Welfare Spending at Massive Levels

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By Rachel Sheffield

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the War on Poverty. Since that time, annual means-tested welfare spending has increased by 16-fold, now costing taxpayers nearly $1 trillion a year. And the omnibus bill keeps spending at this sky-high level.

The means-tested welfare system is massive and is the fastest growing part of government spending. The federal government currently operates roughly 80 means-tested welfare programs that provide cash, food, housing, medical care and social services to poor and lower-income Americans. Nearly one-third of Americans receive benefits from at least one of these programs.

Food stamps is one of the largest of the welfare programs. Its cost has jumped dramatically over the last decade or so, doubling from less than $20 billion in fiscal year 2000 to about $40 billion in fiscal year 2007. By fiscal year 2012, costs doubled again to nearly $80 billion. The omnibus keeps food stamp spending at historically high levels: $82 billion.

Congress had the opportunity to make much-needed policy reforms to food stamps when it passed the farm bill earlier this year. Yet it failed to make the needed changes that would help point the program as a whole toward self-sufficiency. Instead, the bill included a work option that does not change the character of the food stamp program overall.

The most important reform to food stamps should be a work requirement that requires able-bodied adult recipients to work, prepare for work or at least look for work in exchange for receiving assistance. This would promote self-sufficiency and ensure funding is going to those most in need.

Congress also should address welfare’s out-of-control spending. Along with promoting work in programs such as food stamps, policymakers should place a cap on total means-tested welfare spending, allowing costs to increase only at the rate of inflation. A cap would make it necessary for policymakers to prioritize where welfare money is spent. A cap like this would save approximately $2 trillion over the next 10 years.

The U.S. welfare system has been expanding for decades, and its track record of helping low-income Americans achieve self-sufficiency is poor. If policymakers want to help those in need, as well as get welfare spending on a more prudent course, then they must take welfare reform seriously.