Things you don't hear about on TV: 1 in 6 Americans receive food stamps

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  • George New York, NY
    July 18, 2013 2:50 p.m.

    "Given that the media cater to the advertisers of luxury products, and further given that people employed in the media mostly earn well above poverty wages, it is not surprising that the media usually overlook poverty and hunger, except for obligatory holiday stories that make it seem as though charity will solve the problem, he wrote."

    I also wonder given he very negative attitudes towards those in poverty that fill these threads if the Media is also not catering to a viewing public that would just as soon forget there are any poor or hungry people. Not something most viewers want to be reminded of during the 5:00 news/dinner hour.

  • George New York, NY
    July 18, 2013 2:31 p.m.

    I like Hutterite have also seen it on more then one news outlet including the PBS news hour and CNN but I to did not see any mention of it on big bang. I guess it just depends on what you choose to filter out.

  • viejogeezer CARLSBAD, CA
    July 18, 2013 2:10 p.m.

    The other day I was looking at two charts and trying to understand why since I was married 50 years ago per capita GDP has risen 300% but family income has only risen 17%. My wife, who doesn't understand a fig about economics said "that's easy, that's why so many families are having such a hard time". According to a calculator in the Desnews a few weeks ago it takes $56260 per year to raise a family of two children in Utah. 40% of Utah families make less than $30,000. I'm surprised that only 14% are getting food stamps. I would much prefer giving food to hungry children than billions of dollars to Archer Daniels Midland, AIG, or General Dynamics. It's also much cheaper.

  • george of the jungle goshen, UT
    July 18, 2013 9:09 a.m.

    The revolution wont be televised.

  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    July 18, 2013 7:47 a.m.

    Make food stamps as difficult to get as a building permit!

  • techpubs Sioux City, IA
    July 18, 2013 6:21 a.m.

    Back in the 60's when my dad was temporarily out of work we received assistance. Pinto beans, Cheese, Powdered Milk, Oatmeal, Flour, and a few other staples that were boxed up and delivered to our house. It wasn't great food, but it was enough to get us by for the 3 months that we had to be on them.
    Today they think that any assistance has to provide what the middle to upper incomes have. Maybe if we went back to the basics we could save some money and give people a reason to want to get off assistance.

  • lost in DC West Jordan, UT
    July 18, 2013 4:54 a.m.

    of course you are not going to hear about poverty or the expansion of food stamp dependence on the All Barack Channel, the National Barack Channel, or the Consistent Barack Support. That would only highlight what an abysmal job BO is doing managing the economy.

  • Brother Benjamin Franklin Orem, UT
    July 18, 2013 4:32 a.m.

    The number of people on food stamps now is staggering. I believe that our churches and we as private citizens need to step up and get to know our neighbors better. If we see a need, let us reach out to help meet it. We are often too busy and caught up in our own stuff and we don't reach out to help.

    Why should government have to be the solution on these things? We are the solution! If our neighbor is struggling to pay their bills or have someone watch their kids, we should figure out a way to help them! It should not be necessary in most cases for the government to step in and be the answer. It is not a sustainable system if we perpetuate this behavior.

    Let's take responsibility for our communities and neighborhoods. Let's take care of each other. Let's stop blaming everyone and everything else for what is wrong in society. Let's stop waiting or wishing for someone else to do what should be done.

    Let's be the change we wish to see in the world.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    July 17, 2013 9:55 p.m.

    Haven't seen this stat on 'duck dynasty'. Have seen it on 'PBS Newshour'.

  • Howard Beal Provo, UT
    July 17, 2013 9:26 p.m.

    I don't know what this article is saying. I've heard this statistic on TV ad nauseam.

  • Strider303 Salt Lake City, UT
    July 17, 2013 8:56 p.m.

    Got a problem with the article. I would appreciate some in-depth reporting on the effort of various agencies to expand the food stamp program to people who may not need it. Remember boys and girls, the first rule of any organization is to grow (expand, get bigger).

    There is money in food stamps, not just for the recipient but for the food manufacturers who want to get their product on the approved list, and it benefits them to expand the number of recipients.

    When we were younger and living on a tight budget and eating well but basic fare, we would see food stamps purchase items we could not afford. I think if food stamps are to be doled out, they should limited to generic brands and a certain amount of food stuffs should come from the pantries as in-kind support. Mandatory classes in food, nutrition and budgeting should also be required. Just doling out money will not get people off the welfare roles, but will only solidify their position.

    I do have a hard time with college students getting food stamps, something doesn't seem kosher on that one.

  • Kyle loves BYU/Jazz Provo, UT
    July 17, 2013 7:55 p.m.

    I think you had enough material for two articles here. I'd like to see a separate article on media coverage of poverty.

    Thanks for writing about an important topic!