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State Makes Changes; Renames Food Stamp Program

January 28, 2013

Deciding between paying to keep a roof overhead and keeping healthy food on the table isn’t a choice people should have to make. New York state has made changes to and renamed its food stamp progra....

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Jan-28-13 12:48 AM

this actually sounds like a step in the right direction.

my prediction is the most underutilized facet of this program will be the seed distribution. that promotes self sufficiency via hard work, sacrifice, & dedication. that lesson has long since been lost 'round these parts.

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Jan-28-13 1:34 AM

Changing the name and telling people it is not welfare does not change the fact that it is indeed a welfare program. These people will not be happy until everyone in the state is on welfare of some sort. Sickening.

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Jan-28-13 2:25 AM

Where is this money coming from. It's hopeless. Change the name but its the same thing. People need jobs and obama is so wrong. No one will have nothing eventually. No roof , no food and Washington DC is thriving. I wonder why ?? Drop all the regulations and get the people jobs.

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Jan-28-13 4:46 AM

Hmmm, too funny, I wonder how much us taxpayers paid for name change, What is the new name Food Stamps, it always will be,

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Jan-28-13 4:48 AM

Will this superficial treatment give people the motivation to get out, find jobs, and contribute to society? The answer is a big fat NOEP.

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Jan-28-13 5:29 AM

Yup! Helps the grocery store chains. Regular taxpayers, who do not have benefits cards, cannot spend as much with the high grocery prices that will go much higher. This helps everyone but the taxpayer who doesn't qualify. It will also help keep people dependent upon government and run our country into the ground. How very sad.

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Jan-28-13 6:08 AM

Still the misuse it has always been. Spend it on everything but what it meant for!!! Welfare is welfare for those who don't want to find jobs regardless of the name change.

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Jan-28-13 6:41 AM

another joke by cuomo and his corrupt followers. same old BS, just a different wrapper. bet the libs eat this up.

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Jan-28-13 6:43 AM

Another opportunity to weaken the fabric of society and encourage even more people NOT to work, while attracting even more non-contributors to the community. The name change doesn't change the problem. Democrats are the problem!

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Jan-28-13 7:04 AM

They could call this the "Welfare to Millionaire" Program, it' still the food stamp program. Taxpayers are still funding this ever-expanding program and it does nothing to get people back to work. If the government spent half as much on back to work job training, people would be able to feed themselves. THIS IS OBAMA'S AMERICA!!! More and more people dependent on the government.

"Every $5 spent in benefits actually doubles to nearly $10 in local economic growth" only people who believe in government, magic math believe this one. It is pure propaganda and I'm sure Ms. Barone was fed this line by someone else. So, $5 in benefits is spent, does that create more jobs in the area? Open new businesses? Train someone for a job? NO! Don't believe the propaganda, trying to make this program palatable to those of us who fund it.

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Jan-28-13 8:25 AM

Why is there a govn't job to find people to join the food stamp program?Is it her way of justifying her job?She's out recruiting people to take govn't assistance.We have enough people on assistance now and she wants to add more?No wonder NYS is screwed up!

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Jan-28-13 8:31 AM

You can slap lipstick on a pig, but it's still going to be a pig. Some folks do in fact need assistance because they physically can't work to eat healthy. I am a good Christian, and feel these people should be given assistance. However, too many folks are mooching off the system for generations, and breed to teach their kids to do the same thing, and that NYS is the place to go to get free stuff. Well, it's no wonder the population in NYS has drastically gone down so much in the last 30 years.

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Jan-28-13 8:31 AM's no wonder the working population has gone down...

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Jan-28-13 8:47 AM

So does this mean that every 2-3 months when we are in Wegman's and Tops we will NOT be asked to donate. Won't need these charities any longer - status quo - government takes from the producers to reinforce the nonproductive freeloaders.

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Jan-28-13 9:16 AM

SNAP- does that stand for stay needy and poor? If you want some one to get off the free wagon, you have to make the wheels of the wagon square, so the ride is not that pleasant. It is not what government does for welfare. Welfare receives more, eats better, is provided new housing, garages, free tires, and health insurance. Wonder why they come in droves? We invite and pay for it too. Government has many failed programs. This is just another one of those.

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Jan-28-13 9:19 AM

It appears that the new program is already off to a good start:

CHAUTAUQUA COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPT. DUNKIRK - Sonia M. Buchanan-Ruiz, 43, of 44 W. Second St., Dunkirk, was charged with misuse of SNAP/food stamps, third-degree welfare fraud and two counts of first-degree offering a false instrument for filing Thursday.

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Jan-28-13 9:31 AM

The key word used here and all these welfare programs is "entitlement"! That is just what the people who abuse these systems feel, that they are entitled to it just because they are here. Let's make new rules where even those on welfare have to do some kind of work to get the funds. I remember my uncle having to shovel streets and sidewalks in the 1960's to receive welfare payments. Can't do much for disabled if they are truely disabled, need stricter rules here also.

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Jan-28-13 9:37 AM

Hey you fools, do some research before you bash help for your neighbors! 75% or more of SNAP benefits are issued to your friends, neighbors and family. They hide it from you because you are rude. SNAP feeds the poor! SNAP feeds those that have lost their jobs. SNAP is available for each of us in a time of NEED! I remember my family being able to get food stamps back in the blizzard of 77. Why, because my father couldn't get to his job for a week. So respect and help people instead of bashing everyone!

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Jan-28-13 9:53 AM

Very well said, PleaseWakeUp.

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Jan-28-13 10:30 AM

How ironic that alongside these comments, there is an option by a "private form" - not the government, APPLY FOR FOOD STAMPS! Is it an ad by a firm which has discovered a way to make money off the needy? I don't know - I clicked on it and they wanted persdonal info, so I left!

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Jan-28-13 10:43 AM

Pleasewakeup, the people in this forum are not against help for the truly needy. Some people go in and out of being needy. But, this state is spending huge gobs of money to EXPAND the foodstamp program, by easing the qualifications for the program. This does 2 things - guarantees more people are dependent on government assistance and makes those in power more powerful. They can control more parts of your life, because the government supports you.

Why aren't we all more concerned about the state policies which scare business away and prevent new businesses from coming to this state? Where is the money for job re-training, so people can support themselves? Remember that old adage, give a man a fish, he eats for a day, teach a man to fish and he eats for a lifetime!

If you vote for politicians that are expanding government programs, shame on you! Get rid of Cuomo and the rest of them!

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Jan-28-13 10:54 AM

MacKenzie, again, do your research. SNAP is a federal program and NYS was required to change the name. The only cost to NYS is the administration cost.

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Jan-28-13 1:21 PM

"75% or more of snap benefits are issued to your friends, neighbors, & family."

please noble PWU tell us how you arrived at this figure or where you derived it from.

i remember during times of hardship people would turn to their family, neighbors, & friends FOR HELP, not the gov't. people would turn to the church in times of temporary need.

NYS is one of 6 that has no cap on how long an adult can be on welfare. sure, the feds (slick willie) capped it at 5. but here in good 'ole NYS there is NO CAP.

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Jan-28-13 1:23 PM

"FOOD STAMP PROGRAM The Food Stamp program is a federally mandated program that seeks to improve the nutritional level of low-income households by supplementing their ability to purchase food items. Food stamp benefits are fully funded by the Federal government, which also shares in the administrative cost of implementing the program, including benefit issuance, fraud prevention, outreach, and employment and training activities. The Food Stamp program was initially authorized by the Food Stamp Act of 1977 but was reauthorized through the Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008 which also changed the name of the Federal program to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Legislation has not yet been enacted at the State level to change the name of the program to SNAP; as such its formal State title remains the Food Stamp program. In addition to outreach efforts, programmatic and administrative initiatives such as the Working Families Food Stamp Initiative.....

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Jan-28-13 1:25 PM

(which mitigated some of the eligibility requirements for working families) and myBenefits (an online tool which helps in the enrollment process) have increased the number of food stamp recipients to approximately 3 million individuals.

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Hey Sea, go bark up some other tree!

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