June 24, 2017

Food Stamp Cuts Starting November 1st

Food Stamp Cuts

Not long ago, I posted an article called Nine Meals From Anarchy; a Food Stamp Melt Down. In it I explained that there has been looting and small outbreaks of violence in the past when there have been problems or delays with the food stamp system. I also made the point that I think the reason violence and looting were not sparked into large scale rioting was because of “nine meals”.

I mean “nine meals” both figuratively and literally. Figuratively in the sense that, to date, the problems with the food stamp system have been corrected within a day or two at most. Literally because when people go hungry for three or four days in a row, they tend to act on it.

“If you look across the world, riots always begin typically the same way: when people cannot afford to eat food,”

That is a quote from Margarette Purvis, the president and CEO of the Food Bank for New York City, in an article from Salon.com. The article goes on to say that:

“Purvis said that the looming cut would mean about 76 million meals “that will no longer be on the plates of the poorest families” in NYC alone – a figure that outstrips the total number of meals distributed each year by the Food Bank for New York City, the largest food bank in the country. “There will be an immediate impact,” she said.”

In the last five or six years we have seen civil unrest and rioting due to the price or unavailability of food and the cutting of government entitlements in the following countries; Bolivia, Egypt, England, Greece, Guinea, Haiti, Indonesia, Italy, Ivory Coast, Mauritania, Mexico, Morocco, Mozambique, Senegal, Spain, Tunisia, Uzbekistan and Yemen.

You might be thinking that the people in those cultures are different that the American citizenry. I disagree! I think people are people, hunger is hunger and entitlement is entitlement.

The following video from Fox News says that the government is spending $80,000,000 to prepare for potential riots related to the cutting of food stamps. Here’s a thought; money is tight, so we have to cut food stamps, but we’re going to spend $80 million to prepare for possible riots because of this cut.


What Can We Do?

For starters we can remain calm and wait to see if anything does happen. Just in case, prudence might dictate that you get any grocery shopping you might need done before Friday. Keep in mind that we very well might not see any unrest on November 1st but we could see situations later in the month, when the realities of the cuts are felt.

I have covered what civil unrest might look like in What Does Civil Unrest Look Like and How Can You Stay Safe Near It? If there are riots, keep a safe distance and be prepared to defend your family. Also be on the lookout for the police response. I covered some of how the government has been gearing up for civil unrest in Government; the Good the Bad and the…What are They Planning

We can donate food to local food shelves or churches to help them meet the needs of the destitute. This is a much better option than giving the food out yourself.

Above all else, we can pray. Pray for those who are in legitimate need and will now not have food to put on the table. Pray that those who might be taking advantage of the system would change their ways. Pray for one another, that we may be blessed with wisdom and knowing God’s will as we prepare and navigate our future.

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  1. Praying and Waiting and reading Isaiah 40!

  2. Praying and prepping!

  3. I think that there will be another cut in 2014 for about the same amount. The country is running out of money and many that really didn’t need food stamps got them.

    I think the best way is to look into who really needs food stamps, the old on SS and families with children should be first in line to keep getting food stamps.

    The job problem is the main problem! There are many on food stamp that would love to have a job and get off food stamps.

    Jobs will fix much of the food stamp problems. I know that there will always be people that take the system for a ride, but 20 to 30% of the total on food stamps is because of part time work only or no job at all.

    • You bring up a good point. Sure there are some cheating the system, but there are many who would like to earn their food.

  4. Working as a property manager in a low-income area, I see a lot of people on some sort of govt aid… as was said already – some who deserve it, (e.g disabled, or working part-time ’cause that’s all they can get’), and those who milk the system. Even with those who abuse, I have to remind myself that they have simply lost hope of ever finding work, or grew up in a home with nothing but govt aid, so that’s all they know. Where my compassion stops is when they start dealing drugs or other lawless behavior that brings the neighborhood down further.

    I wish our govt would reduce the cost of the system, by putting term limits on it, and forcing people to justify continuance. Similar to unemployment, you’d have to prove that you’re out there looking for jobs. Otherwise, with hope gone, there’s no motivation to get off of welfare. At least some of the abusers would be filtered out, and a mass cut and risk of riots would be minimized.

    • Chris Ray says:

      I wish there were limits on it as well, it would be a hand out when needed, and a motivator to not stay on it for ever.

  5. So the number of food stamp receipiants has grown to the pt where govt $ cannot pay them all, & is thus cutting the amount per person/household. & so the US govt is preparing for rioting by US citizens who are hungry. & meanwhile, the US govt continues to borrow what, 30%?, to keep paying entitled people. Could anyone have imagined this 15-25 yrs ago?

    When lots of people start getting hungry & desperate for food, how long b/4 any known preppers become food raid targets? Living in a community with a high percentage of people on welfare & Soc Sec, this concerns me.

    • RedC you better be armed, they will not only raid your food, money, jewelry, gold, silver or anything of value.

      Food and water will be very valuable if this happens so protect your self.

      • Henry, we are, although I’m going to get more ammo soon. Want to be prepared for whenever the ammo prices go up again.

    • Chris Ray says:

      excellent points Red. This is why I think keeping prepping close to the vest is a good idea.

      The more people who know, the more people you will either have to feed, or turn away.

  6. Have others noticed how the cost of food at the grocery store have been increasing? A gal of milk in our area is almost $4. A loaf of bread is $3-4. I can see how low income people are really getting squeezed financially. This is also a factor leading to hungry, desperate folks.

    • Yes I have. The more the Government prints money and the higher the national debt the less the dollar will be worth.

  7. Donovan Howard says:

    This has been a long time coming. I have preached to friends and family for the last 12 years. My wife and I have done our best to prepare but its real tough. We’ve grown a garden for years and also canned or dried or frozen what we can. For the last few years we have been buying meat out of the discount bin. Bread is the same way . Luckily we have a couple of local stores that sell discount foods. Like dented cans and such. Plus a local bakery we get day old bread for $1 a loaf and freeze it. We must learn to adapt and over come . This is just the tip of the iceberg. Tough times are a coming.
    God Bless
    Keep your powder dry.

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