As the economic crisis continues and the unemployment rate goes up, a record amount of Americans now receive food stamps. According to the New York Times, a record one in every eight Americans now receives food stamps, including one in every four children.
The worst part is that the numbers continue to grow at ridiculous rates with around 20,000 new people receiving food stamps each day. Interestingly enough, the biggest rises have not been seen in the usual areas where poverty is more prevalent but in suburban communities that had once been affluent until they were struck hard by the housing crisis.
As families in those areas lose everything, their only recluse is the credit card shaped food stamp card that now helps feed their family.
Ironically, the government hopes to see another 15 million people or so sign up for food stamps.
Only about two-thirds of the people eligible actually sign up for food stamps. This is a worrying statistic as a recent report showed an obscenely high amount of children around the United States going hungry.
The times also details personal accounts of people who once owned homes and had nice jobs who saw food stamps as government waste and people on food stamps as people who “milk the system.” Today, more and more people are realizing that the threat of going hungry in the United States is much more real than once thought.