Without Electricity, New Yorkers on Food Stamps Can’t Pay for Food

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    Without Electricity, New Yorkers on Food Stamps Can’t Pay for Food




    New York Times ^
    01 November 2012
    By: Jorge Rivas



    It’s been more than three days since power went out in many parts of New York City, including the Lower East Side where multi-story public housing complexes like the La Guardia Houses don’t have electricity, heat or water.

    Many of the residents are also without food.

    Many of the low-income residents receive cash and supplemental nutritional assistance from the state electronically through what the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance calls Electronic Benefit Cards (EBT.)

    Recipients buying eligible foods are suppose to swipe their EBT cards like any other credit card for their purchases but since Hurricane Sandy hit, most Lower East Side stores don’t have electricity to run credit card transactions and are only accepting cash. Leaving many people on EBT with empty wallets, empty refrigerators and no access to food.

    “The supermarkets don’t even really want to sell anything. They’re open but if you don’t have cash, you messed up. And everybody in these projects, they take EBT…food stamps,” a La Guardia Houses resident told WNYC’s Marianne McCune.


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    Why is that? Isn't it a political fact that there are 75 times more people on Food Stamps than Obama claims job numbers have improved. For this he claims the reason for reelection?
     
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    Romney needs to throw the bums off food stamps...
     
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    All the more reason to GET OFF FOOD STAMPS...Stop letting the Government squeeze your balls already!
     
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    Where is the media outrage over the abominable response by FEMA and all other disaster "agencies" to the millions of people still without electricity in New Jersey and New York?

    The only media outlets that are reporting on the VERY SLOW responses from the Red Cross and FEMA and others are CNN and Fox News Channel.

    I just have to wonder why it is that the vast majority of newspapers and magazines and TV news outlets are so anti-USA. They will do ANYTHING to get Obama re-elected.

    These people should all be rounded up and thrown in jail cells.
     
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