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U.S. Government Food Stamp Parties: Fill All That Tupperware with Free Food!

Written by Gary North on September 11, 2012

The United States Department of Agriculture’s #1 subsidy to the farm bloc is the food stamp program, also called SNAP. This program now costs $75 billion a year. One in seven Americans are on the SNAP dole.

That’s not enough. The USDA wants more people to sign up. But now it takes advertising. Word of mouth just doesn’t cut it.

You might be interested in a recent USDA sheet designed to help USDA employees get more senior citizens enrolled. Here are extracts.

First targets: the silent generation. That’s mine.

Five Fresh Ideas for Reaching Members of the Silent Generation

The Right Mix for Reaching Seniors

Clearly, there is a lot of diversity within the two generations of seniors.

Here are some creative ideas for reaching them.

1. Present a True Picture. Avoid portraying all older seniors as frail or inactive. A new study of seniors 70+ found that, on average, they feel 13 years younger than their actual age. Focus on the benefits of getting older, not the limitations.

2. Mix It Up. Since women typically outlive men, show mixed groups
of friends, not just couples, in materials. Include pictures with

3. Serve Those Who Served Their Country. The majority of men of this generation served in the military. Thousands of women also served as nurses or volunteered with organizations like the American Red Cross and the United Service Organization (USO). Make outreach to veterans’ groups, homes, and hospitals part of your strategy.

4. Go Along for the Ride. Partner with transportation services that take seniors on errands or to appointments; have materials on hand that include the myths and facts about SNAP benefits.

5. Throw a Great Party. Host social events where people mix and mingle. Make it fun by having activities, games, food, and entertainment, and provide information about SNAP. Putting SNAP information in a game format like BINGO, crossword puzzles, or even a “true/false” quiz is fun and helps get your message across in a memorable way.

To see lots of great ideas to sign up the Baby Boomers, click the link.

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6 thoughts on “U.S. Government Food Stamp Parties: Fill All That Tupperware with Free Food!

  1. barb patton says:

    You have got to be kidding. I for one am 71years old, and on s.s of $803 per month. I went to apply for food stamps and was told I am $8 (eight) above the Poverty bread line in Oklahoma!!!!!! who are they kidding. The Oldies are now at the bottom of the food chain, and, if and when Obamacare comes into play in January we will then be on the death lists and be put down like good old animals. This government is getting more corrupt as the days go by, somehting HAS to happen. WAKE UP AMERICA.

  2. I have long advocated that as a first step to balancing the budget, all advertising and promotional expenses should be cut from all government departments. As an example, the bankrupt Postal Service spent $32m recently to sponsor a Tour de France team. that money was simply flushed to support an activity with an infinitesimally small audience in the US, and which appeals to a small elite only. Should be easy to cut that, and I'm sure the figure pales in comparison to the USPS' overall promo budget. Maybe you'd like to look into the total savings to be had.

  3. Please present the Food Stamp program in the correct light. The Farmers were not happy to have the Food Stamp Program as part of the USDA. The Food Stamp Program is a welfare program and needs to be placed in the same program as welfare. Secondly, the farmers are not the ones who make the most money on all of the Food Stamp food. You need to castigate all of the big food companies. The Middle Men are the ones who make the money. The farmers would be very happy to have the whole USDA eliminated if they could get fair markets. Fair Markets mean matching trades, buy orders to sell orders on the commodities exchange. Fair Markets also mean 30-40% margin requirements, so the large traders do not paper trade against the farmers. It may mean Cartels for farmers, so they can insure their prices against the big guys. The farmer part of the program for farmers was set up to benefit consumers more than it does the farmers. The farmer part of the Farm Program is probably the only federal government program for which tax payers get everything back they pay in. The people assume part of the farmer's risk in exchange for lower food prices. (The farmer pays for crop insurance from the federal government that mostly covers his cost of production, but not a profit.)

  4. rusureuwant2know says:

    I keep telling people it's not what it seems. These parties are being thrown by the HHS office – it's not the people on food stamps – and those who've never been on food stamps have no idea how strict the regulations are. They think people are making out like bandits. The truth is the "middle man" is the one walking away with the majority of the money – little goes to the food stamp recipient.

  5. rusureuwant2know says:

    I think you've got the "middle man" ID wrong – the "middle man" is DHHS and USDA who are all well paid.

  6. Okay, I will agree in part. However, the large corporations who process the raw products never seem to suffer because, unlike the farmer, they are so large they cannot be squeezed out, and they keep growing and vertically integrating. For instance, Cargill, has vertically integrated into the feed lot business, once the province of farmers and investors who grew up on farms. The Little Guys, the farmers, can be put in price squeezes that freeze them out of the market. The ultimate goal of the New World Order and Globalists is corporatization of farming. Corporations are getting very greedy, since it is soon going to be possible to farm with drones. (Farmers already use GPS to guide their tractors. The tractor is programmed to know its exact location, so that it plants in exactly the same narrow track that it did the year before. Farmers no longer plow stubble back into the soil if they are replanting the same crop the next year because plowing produces moisture loss.) More erosion of the Middle Class is on the way, if Americans do not act with appropriate measures to protect the Middle Class instead of focusing on poverty. A focus on poverty produces poverty and more poverty stricken individuals, while a focus on building Middle Class wealth eliminates poverty and those in poverty.From: notifications@intensedebatemail.comTo: annwkingsley@hotmail.comSubject: rusureuwant2know replied to your comment on U.S. Government Food Stamp Parties: Fill All That Tupperware with Free Food!