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Needy pinched by reduction in food stamps

Posted November 1, 2013

— Carolyn Muskin doesn't know how she'll make ends meet.

The Raleigh woman, who is on disability and cannot work, has relied on the $140 or so in food stamps she and her husband receive each month to fill her pantry and make meals. Her husband has lung cancer and likewise cannot work.

"My food stamps come on the 19th, and I'm usually by the end of the month running really low on things," Muskin said.

The couple will now have to make due with about $7 less a month, now that a 5 percent bump in food stamp benefits has expired. Congress included the temporary increase in the economic stimulus package passed in 2009 to help needy families during the recession.

Without the extra benefits, the average family of four with some income will get about $10 less a month in food stamps, while a family of four with no income will see a $36-a-month decrease.

"Every dollar counts. Every penny counts. I mean, I'm on a budget, a very strict budget," Muskin said. "It's very hard, very, very hard."

Food stamps Budgets get tighter for millions of Americans on food stamps

More than 47 million Americans receive food stamps, including about 1.7 million in North Carolina. The North Carolina Justice Center, a liberal advocacy group, estimates that North Carolina's economy will lose $166 million over the next 11 months because food stamps recipients won't be able to buy as much food.

"This is going to just make for some more hungry people," said Denise Crumpler, executive director of North Raleigh Ministries.

Crumpler said she just hopes donations of food keep coming so North Raleigh Ministries can help people like Muskin.

"We can't save the world, but we can feed hungry people in our neighborhood," she said.

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  • Minarchist Nov 4, 2:06 p.m.

    The taxpayers have been getting pinched hard for a long time now. My son and his wife have an 18-month old baby. He got laid off and they only offered him $48 a month for food stamps. That doesn't cover the baby's formula. Rather than jump through the hoops required to get that $48, he chose to drive a tractor for his father-in-law who paid for the formula.
    BubbaDukeforPresident
    November 4, 2013 1:05 p.m.

    Why did they have a child? Were they hoping for everything to turn out ok? Essentially financing their child? Why have a child without the money FIRST??? I do not understnad it.

  • scubagirl2 Nov 4, 1:59 p.m.

    "Without the extra benefits, the average family of four with some income will get about $10 less a month in food stamps, while a family of four with no income will see a $36-a-month decrease."

    HOW does this make any sense????

  • BubbaDukeforPresident Nov 4, 1:05 p.m.

    The taxpayers have been getting pinched hard for a long time now. My son and his wife have an 18-month old baby. He got laid off and they only offered him $48 a month for food stamps. That doesn't cover the baby's formula. Rather than jump through the hoops required to get that $48, he chose to drive a tractor for his father-in-law who paid for the formula.

  • CrewMax Nov 4, 11:57 a.m.

    When I was poor, I didn't get food stamps or any other assistance. i did without. But I didn't blame anyone for it. Seemed like it was MY problem to solve, so I did. I worked wherever I could and I moved from state to state to secure work. I also made a point of not having kids . I waited until I was in my forties to have kids. Maybe folks should ask themselves what sort of life they can provide, for a child before they have one. Learn to feed yourself, first.

  • Minarchist Nov 4, 11:56 a.m.

    Food stamps benefit the rich at the expense of the middle class. Take the working mans money and give it to the poor to give it right back to the rich. Cool scam bro.

  • goldenosprey Nov 4, 11:10 a.m.

    "MOST of the people are there becasue they are irresponsible, addicts, having multiple children out of wedlock with no way to support them, lazy and so on. " linspace

    It must get lonely on that pedestal.

    The tuth is, most people on FS are:
    1. children too young by law to "earn their keep"
    2. elderly people either too old and broken to work or never hired by job creators because of their age
    3. adults working full time, sometimes 2+ jobs but their job creator pays such low wages, the worker cannot live on them.

    Have a living wage and you can cut a lot of the indirect corporate welfare that is EBT out of existence.

  • linspace Nov 4, 10:36 a.m.

    Few on food stamps scam the system.

    Completely false statement. I worked for "the system" and from top to bottom it is a scam. MOST of the people are there becasue they are irresponsible, addicts, having multiple children out of wedlock with no way to support them, lazy and so on. The TRULY disabled and elderly are the exception, not the rule. Grow up and stop looking at the world like a child..with no concept of reality.

  • linspace Nov 4, 10:32 a.m.

    Well.. looks like the irresponsible dredges of our society are gonna have to make due with what they got.. like everyone else. No more 40's or pot! No more Fila's and FUBU's shirts.. gonna have to let go of the grain alcohol and actually buy food with our money. The woman in this article is the exception, not the rule.. if her story is even true..

  • Minarchist Nov 4, 10:11 a.m.

    Thank YOUR president for the inflation.
    Billy the Kid
    November 4, 2013 8:26 a.m.
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    And the one before that, and the one before that, and the one befoere that, and the one .......... nevermind. Which did you vote for?

  • Minarchist Nov 4, 10:10 a.m.

    If you get government, I mean taxpayer payer money for food, you should only be able to buy rice, beans, potatoes, vegetables, bread, and milk. And you should get it for 12 months max if you are able to work.

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