October 29, 2013
A few weeks ago we saw what happens when the Electronic Benefit
Transfer system is threatened in any way. When access to food stamps went offline for just a few hours, the masses began to panic in what were essentially isolated hot spots where law & order totally broke down.
This Friday, because of guidelines set forth in the American and
Recovery Investment Act, the 48 million Americans receiving nutritional
food assistance from the government are going to see cuts to their monthly distributions.
According to the USDA, the average monthly food benefit for an
American family is about $272. Come November 1st, that will be reduced
by $36 – or about 13%.
Now, that may not seem like a big number, until you consider that the
people depending on these distributions are already struggling to put
food on the table and keep a roof over their heads.
The government is, in essence, reducing their food availability by 13% overnight.
Most people aren’t even paying attention, but one organization
certainly is, because they know exactly what can happen when you start
taking food out of peoples’ mouths.