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Tag: EBT


FOOD STAMPS: Aid going to Caribbean?

In fiscal 2012, the U.S. government spent $74.6 billion on food assistance. Currently there are 47.7 million Americans receiving benefits. This number has almost doubled since 2008 and is increasing almost daily.

Now there is a new twist to this bloated social welfare program: Some food stamp recipients are using their electronic benefit transfer (EBT) cards to buy groceries in the United States and sending them to relatives overseas, mainly to several Caribbean countries.

In largely Caribbean New York neighborhoods, supermarkets offer hundreds of 45- to 55-gallon barrels for shipping. People buy the barrels for about $40 each and use

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WELFARE: EBT program needs serious reform

Recently I was in line behind two guys in their mid 30s at an area grocery store. Both were wearing easily $1,000 worth of designer clothing. They purchased $100 worth of premium-cut steaks with all the fixings. That purchase was made courtesy of the U.S. taxpayer via an EBT card.

I’ve witnessed many similar instances over the last several months since another incident at a local store brought the EBT issue to my attention. The first incident was a young man, again with a cart loaded full of luxury food items, who decided to yell at a cashier because his

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