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Why do we have food banks?

Original post made by anonymous, Barron Park, on Dec 23, 2006

Every Thanksgiving and Christmas the local food banks campaign hard for our dollars. And it's hard to say no. After all, who is in favor of hunger. But have you ever looked at how easy it is to get food stamps. The program is called food stamps but you actually get a credit card you can use in the supermarket check-out line, I guess to spare the recipient the indiginity of having to use stamps.

Anybody can get food stamps by filling out a simple piece of paper. If you're illiterate, a government employee will help you. The government, by law, can't discriminate against illegal aliens when it comes to food stamps.

So who are these people that benefit from food banks?

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Posted by Dunno
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Dec 23, 2006 at 1:52 pm

Just thought I would add that food stamps cannot be used for anything other than food. This means things like laundry detergent, toilet paper, toothpaste, shampoo, feminine hygiene, etc. etc. These can be called necessities, and I have heard of people on food stamps requesting money to pay for these items.

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Posted by Earl
a resident of Fairmeadow
on Dec 26, 2006 at 12:09 am

Drug addicts. And it's nice how society likes to provide everything to people who won't work.

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Posted by Another mother here
a resident of Gunn High School
on Dec 26, 2006 at 3:30 am

!!!!! Get your head out of the sand Earl...There are people who are from low income families who only make minimum wages and work like donkeys to cater to people like you who need to suppliment their incomes with food stamps........that's a fact. You are the type of person (along with some others) who typecast people who use these programs...what a shame.

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Posted by natasha
a resident of Meadow Park
on Dec 26, 2006 at 9:24 am

Read "Nickel and Dimed In America" if you think that all the people who need food stamps are lazy and drug-addicted. The shame is not that people take foodstamps and other basic aid, but that they cannot possibly live on what the government calls a "living wage". I am glad many people have empathy and take to heart the philosophy "there but for the grace of God go I."

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Posted by give generously
a resident of Midtown
on Dec 26, 2006 at 11:39 am

I don't see this as an either/or discussion. By giving to food banks you are providing more than what the government alone can provide.

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Posted by keith
a resident of Monroe Park
on Dec 26, 2006 at 11:53 am

it seems more people want to ride in the wagon than push it ... one day the wagon will stop ...

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Posted by qwerty
a resident of Midtown
on Dec 26, 2006 at 4:28 pm

For those willing to give:
Web Link

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Posted by timecapture
a resident of Barron Park
on Dec 29, 2006 at 5:11 pm

I hope that those that are so offended by assisting people that need help, never need help. There but for the grace of god go any of us. Have a catastrophic illness arrive, a major injury, lose your job, or your health insurance, get divorced, or have no family or friends who support you, and all of us could be there.

I am self employed, and due to a horrible illness, was unable to work this year. But for the kindness of friends, I could have been among those needing the charity of food banks. I am well educated, not a drug addict, and have always given generously to those that needed help.

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Posted by UL
a resident of Downtown North
on Jan 5, 2007 at 1:10 am

"Anonymous" makes an interesting point -- if these people can easily get food stamps, why do we have food banks? I don't want to cast any aspersions, but why are both programs necessary?

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Posted by Another mother here
a resident of Gunn High School
on Jan 31, 2007 at 5:14 am

HUMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM. OK. Starting with Anon who started this posting...
Did you give any dollars at Thanksgiving and Christmas to the food bank? If no, why not? If so, why are you complaining? Isn't that too bad that the spirit of "giving" to others is only superficial (maybe only two times a year) to some?......And for the supermarket check out..HA! YOU even know when the recipient is using a food stamp card..what's the difference, you probably are still tapping your shoe waiting for that hungry person to move on..............It really is the governments electronic way of keeping track of the people who use the card, also, therefor omitting the clerks having to give spare change...that way a person can not go thru the line numerous times and end up buying toilet paper with all the saved changed from all the other transactions...........see? Glad to educate you a little...By the way..your diet suffers a whole lot eating food from the food bank..but it's better than not having ANY food..sometimes the food bank gives out old, outdated food. You have to be careful....I have seen people have to throw out the about loosing dignity..that really is SAD.
AND to Dunno....that's right. Your right. Food Stamps ARE for FOOD. Now you know.
HEY Earl..I know a few kids on food stamps who will mow your lawn for a sandwich and a drink. Their parent is disabled. Give the kid some pride next time. We are all of this world and can make it a little better........Either that, or all suffer with scowls on our faces and blowing hot air around about how everyone is taking your tax dollars..Next thing you know, the kid is breaking into your car, looking for chump change in the glove box to go to Jack n the Box with. Keep those you know busy in a POSITIVE way and this town will prosper with a glow instead of fire from a potential robbers gun.........It's all about attitude.......That's the real point I'm trying to relate to you.
THAT'S RIGHT, KEITH...that wagon will stop. Will you get off? After the comments you make, how are you going to cope when it comes close to home for you>>>>>>>>>>>or someone you know..? How about if some country drops a bomb on us here in Shallow Alto?? Thinking then about going to a food bank, are ya??????????????????
Many thanks to the others who commented...You seem to be worldly. Love it! UL...Some of the larger stores donate to the food banks (and write it off their taxes)..........................spoiled/outdated food, but non the less, most of it still gets consumed the same day the person lines up for it...............

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Posted by yverso
a resident of Monroe Park
on Apr 4, 2008 at 1:19 pm

I have an Organization and I need your help pls send me your little message

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Posted by Norm
a resident of Midtown
on Apr 7, 2008 at 3:25 pm

Anyone know the maximum amount for a single person?
Anyone know how many pages that "simple piece of paper" really is, or the required supporting documents?

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