More Americans Will Use Food Stamps For Thanksgiving This Year Than Ever Before

More Americans will use food stamps to buy their Thanksgiving dinner this year than ever before, according to a new report from the nonprofit government watchdog group The Sunlight Foundation.

The Food Stamp Challenge, which challenges higher-income families to live as if they are on food stamps, estimates that a person on food stamps has a budget of about $1.25 per meal. In other words, a family on food stamps must buy an entire meal per person for less than the cost of an average cup of coffee.

Usage of food stamps among low and no-income families has spiked since the collapse of the U.S. financial system four years ago. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, average participation in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or food stamp program, has increased 70 percent since 2007. And economists have warned that usage of food stamps won’t go down until unemployment improves.

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  • Delia Lopez ForCongress

    It is not just the collapse of the economy. It is also the imposition of rules, regulations and taxes. You used to be able to start a business with nothing. Get a rag and bucket of water and wash windows, people pay for your labor, you eat, feed your family. As you work more you hire people to help spread the wealth it is and upward spiral. Freedom is what made this nation great and prosperous. Now you must be licensed, bonded and insured to start the smallest of businesses. Small business IS the backbone of the economy and it is being destroyed. As small businesses close there is less wealth spread around it is a downward spiral, like a flushing toilet.