Amazon offers discounted Prime membership to food stamp, WIC users

Amazon is deep in an attempt to help the shopping experience evolve and step away from the brick-and-mortar ways of old. With Amazon Prime, subscribers are able to gain free two-day shipping and, in some cases, same-day shipping. However, a study revealed that this service was disproportionately lacking in poorer neighborhoods of color.

To remedy this glaring misstep and to make their products even more accessible, Amazon is offering discounted Prime subscriptions to customers who use certain forms of government assistance. 

Offensive? Artist creates ‘food stamp table,’ sells it for $12K


When the federal government announced massive cuts to the country’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), millions of Americans were affected. Now, an artist has recreated a daily variation of what you can get with the current food stamp ration entitled “Food Stamp Table.”

The artistic piece is currently on display at Miami’s Art Basel, and was created by Meg Webster.

Legislator who voted for testing of food stamp recipients busted for cocaine possession, keeps job


A Florida congressman who voted in favor of food stamp recipients being tested for substance abuse, has revealed that he has a drug problem after being caught with cocaine.

In September, Rep. Trey Radel voted for Republican legislation that would make food stamp recipients take drug tests to prove they’re clean before receiving the government benefit. He was busted on a charge of cocaine possession last month.

Food Stamps For The Holidays


 By: Rashad J. Smith

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) also known to millions of Americans as “Food Stamps” surprised hundreds of thousands of recipients with extra “money” this past weekend.

Residents of Rochester, New York rushed to grocery stores this weekend after they found out that their balance on their Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card was way more than usual, in some cases, 10 times as much.

“I checked my card and found out that it was $1500.00 on it and without hesitation I immediately went to spend it on groceries”, says one Monroe County resident who didn’t want to be identified.

Food stamps to be cut by $5 billion this week


The U.S. food stamp program will be cut by $5 billion this week. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) costs roughly $80 billion a year to run.

SNAP provides aid to 14% of the country’s households, which equals about 47 million people.

The government saw a dramatic increase in the number of recipients over the past couple of years due to the recession.

From Washington Post:

There’s a big automatic cut scheduled for Nov. 1, as a temporary boost from the 2009 stimulus bill expires. That change will trim about $5 billion from federal food-stamp spending over the coming year. And that’s not all: The number of Americans on food stamps could drop even further in the months ahead, as Congress and various states contemplate further changes to the program.

Food stamp recipients to see cuts in benefits in some states


Earlier this week, we reported on how the government shutdown affects low-income women receiving federal benefits. Today, we bring news that will affect several low-income and unemployed citizens.

Republican-controlled states are making cuts to their Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) despite the Department of Agriculture saying that it will continue to provide food stamps for recipients.

While the measure isn’t a result of the shutdown, or the $39 billion cut from the anti-hunger program, it affects thousands of residents.