Volunteers working for food banks are “panicking” over the demand they are likely to face later this month from Americans on food stamps who have seen their benefits slashed.
From today, $5 billion will be wiped off the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program as a result of a planned stimulus withdrawal. Almost 50 million Americans who are supported by the program, 21 million of them added to the rolls since 2008, will suffer an average loss of $36 dollars a month, which equates to a deficit of about one week of meals per month.
The impact of the cut won’t really begin to be felt until three weeks into the month of November since that’s when most people have typically exhausted their food stamp credit.
According to Margaret Purvis, the CEO of the largest food bank in America, members of her Food Bank for New York City organization, are “panicking” over the decrease in benefits, fearing a rush of hungry Americans
“We’re telling everyone to make sure that you are prepared for longer lines,” Purvis told NBC News.
Purvis invoked the threat of the food stamp cut causing unrest earlier this week when she told Salon.com, “If you look across the world, riots always begin typically the same way: when people cannot afford to eat food.”
Her comments were echoed by Jim Weill, president of the Food Research and Action Center, who stated, “It’s going to send people into a charitable system that’s already overwhelmed and screaming for help itself.”
A bipartisan group of Democrats and Republicans voted to end the stimulus program that paid for the temporary food stamp increase, preferring to spend the money on education and school nutrition programs.
The cut won’t just affect those who are unemployed since over half of food stamp recipients have jobs but don’t make enough money to be able to pay all their bills and cover groceries.
“It’s always, ‘I’ve got to get something for my kids.’ They’re not coming in and asking for snacks or this or that. They’re asking for things like milk and cereal,” said Purvis, adding that parents are struggling to feed their children breakfast.
The cuts “will be close to catastrophic for many people,” Ross Fraser, a spokesman for Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief charity, told CBS News.
As we saw earlier this month, a glitch in the system which temporarily halted EBT purchases for just a few hours led to looting and mini-riots at several Walmart stores.
Reacting to the downtime, food stamp recipients warned that if the glitch was to re-occur it would lead to Rodney King-style riots, a reference to the 1992 L.A. riots which resulted in 53 deaths, 2,000 injuries and over $1 billion dollars in property damages.
Fox News’ Neil Cavuto suggested that the Department of Homeland Security’s recent $80 million dollar outlay on armed guards to protect government buildings in upstate New York was related to potential food stamp riots.
As we reported on Wednesday, the DHS has also purchased half a million dollars worth of fully automatic pepper spray launchers and projectiles that are designed to be used during riot control situations.
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This article was posted: Saturday, November 2, 2013 at 5:38 am
(http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com)America's food stamp riots are coming. We've already seen a small sample of the inevitable this past weekend, when a "temporary system failure" caused Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards to stop working in 17 U.S. states. The glitch in the system spurred "mini-riots" at Wal-Marts and other retailers that rely heavily on food stamp users.
At some Wal-Mart stores in Louisiana, EBT cards were not showing any limits on Saturday night, allowing families to essentially "buy" merchandise for free. Word quickly spread, and the stores' shelves were cleared within two hours. Management eventually had to call in local law enforcement, and after the situation was contained, the frenzied shoppers simply left, abandoning overflowing shopping carts. Springhill Police Chief Will Lynd said, "It was worse than any black Friday" that he's ever seen.
This happened less than three hours after the glitch in the system occurred. Imagine what would happen if the EBT system went offline for 24, 48 or 72 hours in every city simultaneously. Rioting and looting would occur at nearly every Wal-Mart across the country, and it wouldn't be confined to just that retailer. All stores would be ransacked, as people who have no concept of private property hoard as much as they can as quickly as they can. Our entire economic system would collapse.
Evidence of the coming collapse is all around us. A growing trend among desperate women is to sell their hair, eggs and breast milk to make ends meet. Law enforcement in many parts of America is becoming more and more militaristic and authoritative. Incidences of police brutality, violations of Constitutional rights and plain abuse are growing disturbingly more common. Take for example this video of a drunken off-duty police officer arresting a female soldier, screaming at her and causing her great pain, all because she refused his sexual advances. Major financial institutions are picking up on the signs too and are starting to prepare for the worst. Chase Bank recently sent letters to its business customers, warning them about new limits on cash withdrawals and restricting them from sending international wire transfers.
Fortunately, the collapse has been delayed by Congress raising the debt ceiling, yet again. Eventually though, we will have to stop paying our debt with more debt, or America's welfare system, now catering to 50 million people, will collapse. A system that entrenches itself in debt, steals from hard workers and encourages others to sit around collecting government benefits has no alternative but to collapse on itself. When it does, those who have been taught to rely on the government for sustenance will contribute to mass looting, rioting and the general collapse of Western civilization. The system is stealing from our children, our grandchildren and our future so that we can live comfortably in the short-term, but we will eventually have to own up to our decisions and pay the price.
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