The EBT Card &Food Stamps–The Soup Kitchens of America today
By Frank Spotorno
During the Great Depression, millions of Americans stood on the Soup Kitchen lines is desperate need of a meal. Today, the soup kitchens are back in the USA but in a different form. The American soup kitchens of today can be found in our supermarkets, where millions of our fellow country men and women receive funding for their meals through food stamps and the EBT cards.
Without a good job, or any job, it is our countries duty to help everyone US resident and make sure there is food on a families table. But what we really should be doing is providing jobs for every American and reducing the dependency on food stamps and welfare.
I did a little research and found that New York Times reporter Paul Krugman made a similar comparison on the Bill Moyer TV show last year. “Somebody said that food stamps are the soup kitchens of the modern Depression, that there are a lot of people who would be standing in line to get that soup who are instead – and it’s a good thing – who are instead getting – I guess now called SNAP Supplementary Nutrition Assistance Program, who are getting those debit cards and are getting essential food stuffs, and they’re at the grocery store and they look like anybody else,” said Krugman, who added.
“But the fact of the matter is they are still as desperate. They are getting by day to day with aid of a trickle of government aid just like the people who are standing in line in the soup kitchens in the 30s, but they’re not visible. We don’t have guys selling apples on the street corners, partly because city licensing wouldn’t allow that any more.
In 2013, 20% of American households were on foodstamps, or 47 million. That number went down slightly to 46.2 million in 2014, but it’s still way to high and proof that a large number of Americans are still without hope and without a job, despite our recovering economy.
How do we get Americans off of today’s soup kitchens? By bringing the working class and middle class jobs back to our shores, by manufacturing just some of our products in the USA.
Every one of the 46 million Americans who is on food stamps is also living in poverty. We can do better.