U.S. poverty rate ‘an outrage, scandalous’
Thu Nov 22, 2012 5:9PM
The poverty rate in the U.S. is “scandalous” and “an outrage”, says an American activist and Occupy Movement organizer, pointing out that one-fifth of U.S. children live in poverty.
Despite the high rate of poverty, “the reason we don’t see millions of people standing in lines in streets across America, standing in line to wait to get into soup kitchens … is because of the food stamp program.” Mark Mason told the U.S. Desk on Thursday.
“The food stamp program has increased by 50 percent since 2008 during the banking collapse,” he said, adding that “40 to 50 million people” in the United States are now receiving the food stamp support.
According to a report by the Economic Policy Institute, the number of Americans collecting benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance program, commonly known as food stamps, has increased by 15 million since December 2007.
The report says by this year’s Thanksgiving, 42.2 million people are using food stamps, which is higher than ever before.