Food Stamp Usage Growing in Alabama

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Nearly one in five Alabama residents is getting food stamps, and the number is growing again after declining for a few months.

The number of Alabamians on food stamps peaked at 916,000 in December and then began declining slightly each month. It reached a
low of 902,000 people in April. Then, in May, the number rose to nearly 907,000 people on food stamps. That's the equivalent of 19 percent of Alabama's residents.

The increase coincided with Alabama's unemployment rate going up
in May after declining for several months. Experts say it's too early to tell if the increase in food stamp use is a bump on the road to recovery or the beginning of a trend.


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  • by Anonymous on Jul 10, 2012 at 02:58 PM
    It is true that there are more white people receiving food stamps, or EBT. That's because whites greatly outnumber individual minority groups. The country is approximately 78% white, so it stands to reason more white people would need this kind of help. There are more blacks receiving it PERCENTAGE-WISE, in relation to their population numbers. Blacks are about 13% of the population and comprise a third (33%) of those receiving the assistance. Whites at 78% of the population comprise 31% of those getting welfare.
  • by Skip on Jul 10, 2012 at 02:03 PM
    People today don't have the morals that people in the past had growing up. They think they should start out making $20 hour instead of starting out working up to that. The government makes it more advantageous to not work. You get more money for the more kids you have, you get a nice newly updated apartment to accommodate all the children you have to get more money,(which the working man could not afford) and every other handout that goes along with it. I do not have a problem supporting retirees or truly disabled Americans. My problems is people that are costing and stealing from the retirees and truly disabled. Welfare should not be something that is wanted because you come out better but that's what it has come to. Until that changes your going to continue to have these problems because it promotes laziness among Americans with no morals.
  • by Rosemary on Jul 10, 2012 at 01:47 PM
    So now what is been said is that to just let people starve to death, if they dont have a job, cannot get a job so they should just starve to death. I have seen all races using Foodstamps,not just Blacks people. People were getting foodstamps before President Obama. Regardless of whether we like it or not we got to pay taxes and according to the Bible we are our Brother's keeper, with Obamacare only a few people will pay taxes. The Bible says the poor will be with us always, I believe in God therefore I believe His Word. Yet we all want to go to Heaven, how are we going to get there with so much hate in our hearts. President Obama did not make this mess and he cannot clean it up without help. He's not getting the help because so many people in Washington and everywhere else are kicking against him, simply because he is a black man, simply because he had done something no other President was able to do. If people hate him so much, why dont you run for President since it such and easy job and since you know what needs to be done. God is not please.
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      by Peabody on Jul 10, 2012 at 03:11 PM in reply to Rosemary
      What a racist comment.
  • by Mike Location: Meridian on Jul 10, 2012 at 07:30 AM
    The problem is with our president, instead of working on solutions to create jobs decide to create another welfare program(Obamacare) that will increase taxes on the ones lucky enough to have a job.
  • by gypsy Location: marion on Jul 9, 2012 at 10:07 PM
    bravo skip!
  • by Waterman on Jul 9, 2012 at 08:50 PM
    Summer is here so they are having more cookouts and parties. I mean go stand in line at the food store and watch. They are buying buggies full of stuff to cookout and have a party on (not healthy food) using their food stamp card and rolling it out and putting it in a $60,000 SUV and when they make themselfs sick, they go get free medical and complain of they have to pay a $3 co pay. Which most don't pay. But Jack and Jill tax payer sure does.
  • by southerngentlemen on Jul 9, 2012 at 07:26 PM
    How is that possible? The repubs said that the mexican migrant workers the alabama farmers depended on to harvest their fields were the ones who were taking advantage of those programs. They passed laws and ran most of them out of the state and somehow, the entitlement program grew larger in alabama. Maybe its from the ex-farmers who couldnt plant as many crops this year because they cant find anyone to do manual labor jobs anymore?
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      by Not Surprised on Jul 10, 2012 at 01:32 AM in reply to southerngentlemen
      It is the dependency class that has swelled under the obamanation!!!
  • by Skip Location: Butler on Jul 9, 2012 at 03:27 PM
    The problem is they need to do like a few other states are doing. If you have a job most of them require a drug screening. If you fail you lose your job. Well if you live off the government you should be made to pass a random drug test. If you fail you lose it until you can pass. If you fail it twice then you lose it for a minimum of two years. A third failure should result in a permanent loss of welfare. It's sad that the workers who have to pay the taxes to fund this system are held to a higher standard than those that receive it.
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      by John on Jul 11, 2012 at 06:35 AM in reply to Skip
      I worked for a prominent Business for 28 years.I have been through several operations, on my back and neck, that have left me unable to perform my job duties.I have had to retire(regretfully)from my job.The company i worked for did not give you a three strike your out option, if you failed a drug test you were terminated.I draw a pension that i paid into the Governments Social Security System.I made much more money at my job than i get from my pension.I guess this is still called Welfare, However, I paid my taxes for over 40 years.I see and know people that have never worked a tax paying job, that draw as much as i do.I believe that the Goverment has given the LAZY American people a way to be taken care of without ever contributing a dime to the cause.All of the problems we are having are not the fault of OBAMA, only about 90%.Now that i have vented, GOD BLESS AMERICA! Defeat OBAMA
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