One-Third of US Population Gets Food Subsidies

Monday, 08 Jul 2013 02:34 PM

By Melanie Batley

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Roughly one-third of Americans receive subsidized food assistance from the government, outstripping the total number of people employed in the country's private sector.

Of the 316 million people living in America, a total of 101 million people currently participate in at least one of the nation's 15 federal food programs, the U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates, costing taxpayers $114 billion in 2012, CNSNews reported.

By contrast, around 97 million people were employed full-time in the private sector in 2012, according to figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Editor's Note: Should ObamaCare Be Repealed? Vote in Urgent National Poll

The food stamp program represents the largest federally funded food assistance program, with a record 46.7 million participants, costing $88.6 billion in 2012. The next largest is the National School Lunch program which provides 32 million students with low-cost or no-cost meals daily.

A July 3 Inspector General's audit, however, revealed that there could be overlap in the food programs offered by the USDA with some households and individuals participating in multiple programs, sometimes receiving more than 100 percent of their daily nutritional needs.

"With the growing rate of food insecurity among U.S. households and significant pressures on the federal budget, it is important to understand how food assistance programs complement one another as a safety net, and how services from these 15 individual programs may be inefficient due to overlap and duplication," the audit said.


© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Report: Dozens of ISIS Supporters Living Openly in US

Wednesday, 01 Oct 2014 09:25 AM

There are dozens of supporters of the Islamic State (ISIS) living openly in the United States, according to research bas . . .

Man in Dallas With Ebola Initially Sent Home With Antibiotics

Wednesday, 01 Oct 2014 08:27 AM

A man with Ebola in Dallas was initially sent home from the hospital with antibiotics after seeking treatment for an unk . . .

$1 Billion Recreation Spending Boosts Economies of 11 States

Wednesday, 01 Oct 2014 07:49 AM

$1 billion in recreation spending boosted the economies of 11 Western states in and around federally protected sagebrush . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved