Do you eat them? Or use them to mail letters?
We don't have stamped food here in socialist Canada.
======USDA partnering with Mexico to boost food stamp participation
Un fucking believable.
An initiative started -> by the Bush administration. What do you Bush
lovers think about that?
Is the USDA going to partner with Iran and Nigeria to boost food stamp
participation among the muslim and black populations in the US?
USDA partnering with Mexico to boost food stamp participation
Published: 1:07 AM 07/19/2012
The Mexican government has been working with the United States
Department of Agriculture to increase participation in the Supplemental
Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), or food stamps.
USDA has an agreement with Mexico to promote American food assistance
programs, including food stamps, among Mexican Americans, Mexican
nationals and migrant communities in America.
“USDA and the government of Mexico have entered into a partnership to
help educate eligible Mexican nationals living in the United States
about available nutrition assistance,” the USDA explains in a brief
paragraph on their “Reaching Low-Income Hispanics With Nutrition
Assistance” web page. “Mexico will help disseminate this information
through its embassy and network of approximately 50 consular offices.”
The partnership — which was signed by former USDA Secretary Ann M.
Veneman and Mexican Secretary of Foreign Affairs Luis Ernesto Derbez
Bautista in 2004 — sees to it that the Mexican Embassy and Mexican
consulates in America provide USDA nutrition assistance program
information to Mexican Americans, Mexican nationals working in America
and migrant communities in America. The information is specifically
focused on eligibility criteria and access.
The goal, for USDA, is to get rid of what they see as enrollment
obstacles and increase access among potentially eligible populations by
working with arms of the Mexican government in America. Benefits are not
guaranteed or provided under the program — the purpose is outreach and
Some of the materials the USDA encourages the Mexican government to use
to educate and promote the benefit programs are available free online
for order and download. A partial list of materials include English and
Spanish brochures titled “Five Easy Steps To Snap Benefits,” “How To Get
Food Help — A Consumer’s Guide to FNCS Programs,” “Ending Hunger
Improving Nutrition Combating Obesity,” and posters with slogans like
“Food Stamps Make America Stronger.”
When asked for details and to elaborate on the program, USDA stressed it
was established in 2004 and not meant for illegal immigrants.
“The partnership with the Mexican embassy was established in 2004,” a
USDA spokesman wrote The Daily Caller in an email. “USDA does not
perform outreach to immigrants that are undocumented, and therefore not
eligible for SNAP.” (RELATED: USDA buckles, removes Spanish food stamp
soap operas from website)
Alabama Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions, who has been pushing for reform
of SNAP, sent a letter to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack on
Wednesday demanding more answers and documents pertaining to the
The agency has yet to supply documents and information requested by
Sessions’ Senate Budget Committee staff, including the Memorandums of
Understanding between USDA and the Mexican government regarding the food
In an interview with TheDC, Sessions explained that the little-known
partnership raises questions not just about where tax money is going,
but about America’s immigration policy.
“It’s a very disturbing policy, gone on for some years, and it raises
very serious questions about American immigration policy as well as
fiscal policy,” Session said. “Let’s get back to the fundamentals. What
happened with the ‘96 welfare reform was to say that if want to you come
to America you come legally, you assert you’re not coming for welfare
benefits but you’re coming to work or otherwise be independent. There is
no logic behind an immigration policy that would encourage immigrants
who can’t successfully operate within this society.”