Food stamp rolls have increased 260% in 11 years, spending up 400%

Since the year 2000, the number of Americans on food stamps has almost tripled from 17.2M to 44.7M, while the spending has nearly quadrupled from around $20 billion to $78 billion. But that’s just one piece of our welfare system. There are 79 total welfare programs that cost the taxpayer almost one trillion last year. And the big concern? These programs are only expect to continue to grow over the next few years:

HERITAGE – The number of Americans on food stamps (or, as it is now called, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP) is higher than ever before, according to a new Congressional Budget Office report. Since 2007, rolls have grown by 70 percent. And participation rates are expected to increase over the next two years.

While some of the growth can be attributed to the recession, participation rates were steadily climbing prior to the recession. Since 2000, the number of Americans on food stamps has jumped by roughly 260 percent, from 17.2 million to 44.7 million in 2011.

Naturally, government spending on food stamps has also jumped, from approximately $20 billion in 2000 to a whopping $78 billion last year, a nearly 400 percent increase.

The growth in participation rates seems to be part of the federal government’s goal, as a report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture released just this month explains.

The food stamps program is just one part of an ever-expanding government welfare system that includes not only 12 food assistance welfare programs but a total of 79 federal welfare programs. These programs provide not only food assistance but cash, housing, energy and utility assistance, education services, child care, medical care, and so forth.

The total cost of these programs reached $927 billion last year. Welfare is now the fastest growing part of government spending, and despite welfare costs increasing 16-fold since the War on Poverty began in the 1960s—and total spending on cash, food, and housing assistance now twice the amount necessary to pull all Americans out of povertyPresident Obama wants to spend more. Aggregate welfare costs are projected to reach over $1.5 trillion in 2022.


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  • TJ

    President Obama evidently wants to excelerate America’s demise.

  • But…. but dear leader’s NOT the food stamp dictator! He said so! Democrats, progressives/marxist socialists LOVE the poor. They love them so much, they want to create a nation of nothing but. All part of the plan people. Move along, there’s nothing to see here.

  • demsaresatanic

    What about the starving children in Africa ?!

  • TJ

    Manufacturing jobs disappearing from our shores may have something to do with the increase.

    • kong1967

      …and Democrats expanding what qualifies as “poor”.

  • Sober_Thinking

    It’s all downhill from here, huh?

    Even if this crook doesn’t get re-elected, he has crippled this nation. Now we’ll have to ween these dependent parasites off the government teet like crack whores – it’s gonna get ugly.

    • kong1967

      When’s the last time the Republicans tried doing anything about it to lower dependency? Gingrich did, but since then?

  • RobertGman

    Trickle-up poverty at it’s finest. Welcome to the new America.

    • Bottom up, top down… you said it.

    • kong1967

      I’m afraid to see what this country is going to look like in twenty years…if we make it that long.

  • But isn’t that what Obama and all far-left socialists want, to have more and more people dependent on the Federal Governemnt for everything? Once people are dependent on the government for food, housing, education, and insurance, what is the benefit of getting off of welfare? And with an ever growing underground cash economy making ends meet, more and more people could decide that it’s easier to stay on the government dole rather than find a better job. Oh and by the way, who do you think these same people are going to vote for, the person who wants to expand government, or the person who wants to reduce the size of government? These are Obama’s people. ACORN has made it all the way to the White House and he knows it.

    • GreenBeretWay

      Exceptional comment.

    • kong1967

      The libs keep expanding what qualifies as “poor”. Their SCHIP program accepted applicants that made up to $83k per year. I don’t know about you, but I don’t consider that poor. If you make that much money and you can’t afford to buy health insurance for your kids then you have your priorities screwed up. Additionally, any job that pays that much will most likely have health insurance benefits to go along with it. The libs are just trying to get as many people relying on government to pay their bills…which means more votes for the socialist party.

  • wodiej

    Society is full of welfare, not just food stamps and free medical, housing and utilities. Rebates for “green” cars is welfare. Public schools is welfare. Mopeds using public roads is welfare. Every time a person gets something for nothing or much less than the value and it is paid for or subsidized by someone else, it’s welfare. If everyone had to pay for what they actually use, you would see a lot more frugal spending habits. People wouldn’t be living in over sized houses and driving over sized cars if they had to pay for everything that they actually use.

    I know there are some who are truly in need and I don’t have a problem w that. But there should be restrictions on what can be purchased w food stamps. What I see in grocery carts and the people pushing them makes it clearly obvious that the benefit they are getting is more than they need. My Mom and Dad worked at a factory and when they went on strike they didn’t take a nickel from anyone. No food stamps or anything like that. They got by and there were 5 kids plus them. My Mom said some nights her and my Dad had no dinner so us kids could eat.

    Basically our society lives excessively.

    • GreenBeretWay

      The purchases should be limited to meat,fruit,juice,milk,bread,vegetables and no junk food.If they want junk,GET A JOB.I don’t have a problem helping with the basics for the truly needy not the indolent.

      • kong1967

        I agree, but what we see are 250 lb. to 400 lb. moochers that get enough support from government to keep them fatter than a cow.

    • kong1967

      My dad had to get food stamps briefly because his hand was crushed and he couldn’t work. My mom said she never felt so disgraced in her life. It didn’t last long because my dad would work two full-time jobs at times so he could support six kids and also drive a race car. I wish I could hear what my dad would think about Obama. He’s surely turning over in his grave.

  • denbren52

    The “Bridge Card” should be renamed “The Bridge to Nowhere Card”. That’s where government assistance leads: NOWHERE!

  • kong1967

    I think the numbers are misleading. I remember stories of families living off porridge or something in the early days. Now many of the poor weigh 400 pounds and don’t know what it means to worry about the next meal. Big brother government has taken care of that for them, and there’s just more people on it that don’t need to be. It makes me sick to see someone buy $250 of groceries using a government card and then spending $50 on lottery tickets (or smokes) with cash or they have satellite t.v., etc. I want to reach out and “touch” someone if you catch my drift.