As the economy continues to slump, the Banks County Department of Family and Children Services continues to see an increase in Food Stamp applications and cases.
Banks County DFACS director Kenny Jarvis told the board at Wednesday’s monthly meeting Banks County has 793 total Food Stamp cases reported as of February 2009 compared to 551 for this time last year.
Jarvis said Banks County DFACS received 68 applications for Food Stamps in February. The total expense for Food Stamps in February was $220,736, compared to $131,318 last year.
The amount of Food Stamps recipients receive went up 13 percent due to the stimulus package, Jarvis said.
Jarvis reported that DFACS received 10 Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) applications in February, 64 family Medicaid applications, three childcare applications and nine Adult Blind and Disabled (ABD) applications.
There are currently 34 active TANF cases. Jarvis said TANF is a work program not an entitlement program. TANF cases one year ago totaled 37.
Is anyone surprised by this bit of news. I am not.
When you subsidize the workforce in this country under the guise that there are some jobs that Americans won't do. Then refuse to actually protect our borders from illegal immigration. You get more people dependent upon the government. Of course the more people dependent upon the government the better for those who gave the money for the program, because who in their right mind would actually vote their free ride out of power?
This is a growing problem with each new social program enacted by congress. Much like a weed infested garden. Sooner or later we are going to have to weed the garden, and clean this mess up.