Thursday, July 19, 2012

Sweet: USDA partnering with government of Mexico to dramatically boost the distribution of food stamps

This administration just keeps getting better and better:

The Mexican government has been working with the United States Department of Agriculture to increase participation in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), or food stamps.

USDA has an agreement with Mexico to promote American food assistance programs, including food stamps, among Mexican Americans, Mexican nationals and migrant communities in America.

“USDA and the government of Mexico have entered into a partnership to help educate eligible Mexican nationals living in the United States about available nutrition assistance,” the USDA explains in a brief paragraph on their “Reaching Low-Income Hispanics With Nutrition Assistance” web page. “Mexico will help disseminate this information through its embassy and network of approximately 50 consular offices.”

...The goal, for USDA, is to get rid of what they see as enrollment obstacles and increase access among potentially eligible populations by working with arms of the Mexican government in America. Benefits are not guaranteed or provided under the program — the purpose is outreach and education.

Some of the materials the USDA encourages the Mexican government to use to educate and promote the benefit programs are available free online for order and download. A partial list of materials include English and Spanish brochures titled “Five Easy Steps To Snap Benefits,” “How To Get Food Help — A Consumer’s Guide to FNCS Programs,” “Ending Hunger Improving Nutrition Combating Obesity,” and posters with slogans like “Food Stamps Make America Stronger.”

Oh, and if that's not enough, the USDA also provides food-stamp brochures in... wait for it... Arabic.

You can't make this s*** up.

Hat tip: Wanda.


Rob said...

Of course, you can make up the fact that it's the Obama administration's fault. The program was started in 2004 under the Bush administration.

Might want to change the post tag to "I believe everything I read from biased media sources."

directorblue said...

@Schmuck, I mean Rob, food stamp use has only doubled under Obama.

Check out the biased media source like the USDA website.

We're spending $80 billion a year on SNAP (in borrowed money), there is rampant fraud and abuse, and you're defending Obama?

Gee, you're dumb.

Rob "Schmuck" said...

Name calling... nice! All I'm doing is pointing out that blaming the current administration for the ads is lazy, sloppy thinking. Unless of course, the writer meant something different by "This administration just keeps getting better and better".

If you think you've already got good facts on your side, why resort to blaming the current administration for something that started with Bush?

directorblue said...

Dude: Bush ain't president. Stop with the Bush Tourette's Syndrome.

Do you have kids? Do you understand what trillion-dollar deficits mean, year after year?

Do you comprehend what building a culture of dependency means? How it creates single-parent families and spawns violence?

Do you understand how much abuse of the SNAP program is going on?

No man in history has spent as much money as Obama. No man has been more irresponsible, ignoring his own deficit commission, and refusing to pass a budget for more than 1,200 days.

Never has this level of irresponsibility been seen in government.