$18 Million WIC And Food Stamps Fraud Scheme Used Pretend Grocery Stores

$18 Million WIC And Food Stamps Fraud Scheme Used Pretend Grocery Stores

WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) and SNAP (Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program) are both federally-funded, state-administered programs with the simple goal of preventing Americans from going hungry. In Georgia, 54 people have been indicted for setting up pretend grocery stores that defrauded the programs of millions of dollars. [More]

Louisiana Residents Who Milked SNAP Outage May Lose Food Benefits

Louisiana Residents Who Milked SNAP Outage May Lose Food Benefits

Xerox and Walmart pointed fingers of blame at each other in the immediate aftermath of a public benefits card failure last month. Some shoppers saw that their cards showed no balance or limit and took the opportunity to strip store shelves. The administration of Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal knows where the blame really belongs, though: with the shoppers. [More]

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When A Real EBT Outage Hits, Customers Freak Out And Don’t Get To Buy Food

This weekend’s 17-state EBT glitch was a disturbing lesson in human nature, with customers at one Louisiana Walmart cleaning off shelves when their cards showed no limit, and abandoning entire carts when their transactions didn’t go through. Reader N. works at a retailer somewhere in the Midwest, and reports that a much smaller government benefits system outage on Monday had very distressing results at her store. [More]

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Dollar Store Owner In Trouble Because Food Stamps Shouldn’t Be Used To Buy Electronics

The thing about food stamps is, they’re called “food” stamps. Not “smartphone” or “iPod” or “tablet” stamps. You can’t eat those things (please don’t try), as they aren’t what’s known as “food.” As such, the owner of four dollar stores in New Jersey is in hot water after allegedly allowing customers to ring up more than $5 million fraudulent food stamp transactions. [More]

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Nonprofit Turns Food Stamps Into Fido’s Dinner Because Pets Also Need To Eat

What does someone do when they can’t feed themselves, much less a beloved pet? There are food stamp programs for the human population, but seeing a need for owners who can’t afford to buy pet food, one nonprofit is trying to keep those dogs and cats in kibble and canned food. [More]

Probation For Lottery Winner Who Continued To Collect Food Stamps

Probation For Lottery Winner Who Continued To Collect Food Stamps

Remember the Michigan woman who was charged with fraud because she continued to collect welfare and food stamps even after she won the lottery? Well, a decision has been reached in the case and she has been sentenced to six months’ probation. [More]

No More Food Stamps For $1 Million Michigan Lottery Winner

No More Food Stamps For $1 Million Michigan Lottery Winner

Remember that story about the woman in Michigan who won $1 million in the lottery but also managed to keep receiving $200/month in food assistance? Apparently people at the Michigan Dept. of Human Services also read the news, because they’ve now cut off her benefits. [More]

Hard-Up College Students Turning To Food Stamps

Being in college and having an empty wallet tend to go hand-in-hand. A full course load can make it difficult for students to find steady work, and in many college towns the work that’s available isn’t going to pay for very much. But while my fellow students were undergoing (legal) drug trials and donating whatever bodily fluid they could get a few cents for, some in the current generation of cash-strapped collegians are turning to food stamps. [More]

Buy A Frappuccino With Food Stamps At Oregon Starbucks In Grocery Stores

Buy A Frappuccino With Food Stamps At Oregon Starbucks In Grocery Stores

While food stamp programs may vary from state to state, it would seem logical to restrict usage of those stamps to actual food items. Not so in the case of Starbucks located inside grocery stores in Oregon, where you can use stamps to purchase cold beverages like a Frappuccino. [More]

NYC Welfare Worker Admits To Running $7 Million Food Stamp Scam

NYC Welfare Worker Admits To Running $7 Million Food Stamp Scam

While the feds recently announced a spike in the number of Americans using food stamps, at least some of those 45.8 million people didn’t exist. A Brooklyn woman who worked for NYC’s Human Resources Administration has entered a guilty plea to charges of creating fake identities to scam the government out of millions in food stamp benefits. [More]

Record-High 45.8 Millions Americans Using Food Stamps

Record-High 45.8 Millions Americans Using Food Stamps

According to the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture’s latest report on its Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (aka food stamps), a record 45.8 million Americans received SNAP benefits during the month of May, up 12% from the same month in 2010 and 34% from two years ago. [More]

Report: $37 Billion In Welfare Will Disappear By Year's End

Report: $37 Billion In Welfare Will Disappear By Year's End

Unless lawmakers somehow maintain the funding of welfare programs at current levels, the nation’s poor could suffer a devastating loss of income by the end of the year. According to an estimate by Moody’s Analytics, $37 billion in extended benefits are set to expire. [More]

Should Fast Food Restaurants Be Allowed To Accept Food Stamps?

Should Fast Food Restaurants Be Allowed To Accept Food Stamps?

Only three states — Arizona, Michigan, and California — currently allow fast food restaurants to take payments from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (better known as “food stamps”), but Yum! Brands, parent company of KFC and Taco Bell, is currently leading a push in its home state of Kentucky to open that option up to state residents there. [More]

Lottery Winner Continues To Use Food Stamps

Lottery Winner Continues To Use Food Stamps

A Michigan man isn’t letting something a lottery windfall stop him from using government assistance to buy food. [More]

New York City Tries To Stop People From Using Food Stamps On Soda

New York City Tries To Stop People From Using Food Stamps On Soda

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg doesn’t want people getting fat off of government aid, so he’s trying to make soda and other sugary drinks ineligible for Food Stamp purchases. [More]

Go Economy! Americans Broke Food Stamps Record In January

Go Economy! Americans Broke Food Stamps Record In January

The L.A. Times reports Americans’ love of eating and immense poverty have combined to help our people set a new record for food stamp consumption in a month. [More]

Costco Will Expand Food Stamp Program Nationwide

Costco Will Expand Food Stamp Program Nationwide

It turns out more Costco customers use food stamps than CEO James D. Sinegal originally thought, because after a test run earlier this year the company has decided to roll out the program nationwide.

More Stores Accepting Food Stamps Now That 39 Million People Use Them

More Stores Accepting Food Stamps Now That 39 Million People Use Them

We’re going to have to start offering tips for shopping with food stamps now that a record number of consumers —and stores— are using them.