Another awesome food stamp success story


Liberal Psycopath
NY food stamp recipients are shipping welfare-funded groceries to relatives in Jamaica, Dominican Republic and Haiti

Food stamps are paying for trans-Atlantic takeout — with New Yorkers using taxpayer-funded benefits to ship food to relatives in Jamaica, Haiti and the Dominican Republic.
Welfare recipients are buying groceries with their Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards and packing them in giant barrels for the trip overseas, The Post found.
The practice is so common that hundreds of 45- to 55-gallon cardboard and plastic barrels line the walls of supermarkets in almost every Caribbean corner of the city.
The feds say the moveable feasts go against the intent of the $86 billion welfareprogram for impoverished Americans.
J.C. Rice
BIN OVER THEIR HEADS: Pioneer Supermarket in Brooklyn sells plastic barrels that customers use to ship food to family members in the Caribbean.
A spokeswoman for the US Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service said welfare benefits are reserved for households that buy and prepare food together. She said states should intervene if people are caught shipping nonperishables abroad.
Michael Tanner, a senior fellow at the Cato Institute, called it just another example of welfare abuse.
“I don’t want food-stamp police to see what people do with their rice and beans, but it’s wrong,” Tanner told The Post. “The purpose of this program is to help Americans who don’t have enough to eat. This is not intended as a form of foreign aid.”
The United States spent $522.7 million on foreign aid to the Caribbean last fiscal year, government data show.
Still, New Yorkers say they ship the food because staples available in the States are superior and less costly than what their families can get abroad.
“Everybody does it,” said a worker at an Associated Supermarket in Prospect Lefferts Gardens, Brooklyn. “They pay for it any way they can. A lot of people pay with EBT.”
Customers pay cash for the barrels, usually about $40, and typically ship them filled with $500 to $2,000 worth of rice, beans, pasta, canned milk and sausages.
Workers at the Pioneer Supermarket on Parkside Avenue and the Key Food on Flatbush Avenue confirmed the practice.
They said food-stamp recipients typically take home their barrels and fill them gradually over time with food bought with EBT cards.
When the tubs are full, the welfare users call a shipping company to pick them up and send them to the Caribbean for about $70. The shipments take about three weeks.
Last week, a woman stuffed dozens of boxes of macaroni and evaporated milk into a barrel headed for her family in Kingston, Jamaica. She said she didn’t have welfare benefits and bought the food herself.
“This is all worth more than $2,000,” she said. “I’ve been shopping since last December. You can help somebody else, someone who doesn’t live in this country.”
A man helping her pack the barrel said: “We’re poor here, and they’re poor. But what we can get here is like luxury to them.”

Since I'm not on the "inside" in this culture, I was a bit surprised to see the 55 gallon drums sold in the shops with the food.


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Obama must be happy, his buddies at JP Morgan get a piece of the action every time the cards are swiped.
Oh and wonder why they can't produce enough food for them selves... :::cough:::

Jamaica too dependent on imported food

Regrettably, Jamaica's dependence on imported food continues to increase each year, signalling several dangers, beginning with the fact that in an emergency we could not feed ourselves.

Such an emergency, while possible, is unlikely. But a more immediate danger is that a global shortage of an imported food, which is a staple of our diet, could pose severe hardships in nutritional and financial terms.

Then there is the disjuncture between what we as a society eat and what we produce, with adverse implication for depriving the local agricultural sector of a market. We also fret about not getting the best nutrition for our expenditure on food. The value of a food starts declining the moment it is harvested, therefore it is better to eat a freshly picked banana than a tin of fruit cocktail.

In this respect, a lot of the less expensive imported foods are on the margin of being unhealthy, because they are 'seconds' or old stock that
are sometimes being dumped. Let us not forget that we are importing a great deal of food which could be produced in Jamaica or for which there are good local substitutes.

Who is to blame for this sorry situation? First, merchants who import food with total disregard for foreign exchange use, or local food production and nutritional content. For example, we import orange concentrate syrup from England where no oranges are grown and when similar products are made in Jamaica. Second, consumers who largely imbibe food consumption patterns from elsewhere, for example, the consumer who abandons our coconut vendor to pick up a bottle of imported coconut water.

Third, farmers whose prices, low quality and irregular supplies allow their best markets to be captured by imports, notably in the tourism sector.

Fourth, fishermen who cannot bring in enough seafood from the abundance of the Caribbean which attracts boats from as far away as Japan. Fifth, food processors who are so inefficient that they cannot supply the local market. For example, local manufacturers cannot supply the local banana chip demand and can be undercut by product from as far away as Venezuela. Sixth, successive governments of Jamaica have not done enough to protect unwitting consumers from food imports.

What is to be done? Government must make changes to reduce the country's dependence on food imports. While the 'eat what we grow campaign' has done well, we must revise existing policy and implement a multi-disciplinary policy involving incentives to local farmers, fishermen and food processors, by encouraging efficient production and discouraging dumped foreign foods.

Import substitution cannot be across the board because we must be realistic and not delude ourselves that we will be self-sufficient in corn, or expect consumers to pay more for substandard local potatoes. Local food must be comparable in quality and price.

We must also prevent dumping of foreign food by the judicious and vigorous use of anti-dumping and phyto-sanitary measures. The Bureau of Standards and the Ministry of Health must get up to speed on this crucial deficiency.

This should be supported by applying punitive GCT on certain imported foods, since World Trade Organisation rules prevent Jamaica
from increasing tariffs on imports.

We suggest, too, that the ministries of education and health not wait for a crisis to mount a sustained public education campaign promoting proper nutrition among Jamaicans.


I'm Biv Dick Black, the Over Poster.
At least they are buying food and not rims.