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 …