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Posted at 3:13 PM ET, 04/ 6/2010

D.C. expands food stamp program

By Washington Post editors

District officials announced Tuesday they have expanded the city’s food stamp program, allowing up to 5,000 residents to be added to the rolls to help fight poverty and boost the local economy, the D.C. Wire reports.

Under the Food Stamp Expansion Act, which the council approved last year, residents will no longer have to earn 130 percent of the poverty level or less to qualify for food stamps. Instead, residents who participate in other low-income assistance programs will automatically qualify for food stamps.

By Washington Post editors  | April 6, 2010; 3:13 PM ET
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If you can only afford food with government subsidies, you are a failure in life.

Posted by: kenk4 | April 6, 2010 4:16 PM | Report abuse

By the way, food is as inexpensive as its ever been in the history of civilization.

Posted by: kenk4 | April 6, 2010 4:17 PM | Report abuse

I think in order for all these people to be able to accept any kind of hand out, like food stamps, they must pass a drug test.

Posted by: Aimhigh2000 | April 6, 2010 4:34 PM | Report abuse

I agree with Aimhigh2000, if these people are going to be a burden on the backs of taxpayers they should have to pass a drug test. I wonder what percentage of DC's population are in these means tested giveaway programs.

Posted by: lanbr1 | April 6, 2010 11:46 PM | Report abuse

Americans should have to pass a drug test? Should the victims of Haiti, the victims of the horrific earthquake...even better immigrants who cross the border they aren't mandated to take a take a drug test for assistance from OUR tax dollars.

Posted by: boo4hi | April 7, 2010 4:41 AM | Report abuse

Drug test? And miss all the people selling their EBT card for beer and Newports? That is primarily what I see in my neighborhood. The Newport and the 211 beer have people acting more like addicts than crack.

Posted by: nate20011 | April 7, 2010 7:25 AM | Report abuse

Boo4hi-- Yes, they should if they are taking handouts. Is it fair that the person(s) that are working hard and getting taxed in order to fund these freeloaders have to be subjected to a drug test? If the person making the money is subject to a drug test, so should the person receiving the free hand outs.

Posted by: Aimhigh2000 | April 7, 2010 8:44 AM | Report abuse

Are they legal residents or not. Maybe the illegal residents could go to the salvation army instead of taking taxpayers money. Why is our Government giveing away our money so freely. I wonder if our legal citizens called the homeless are geting some of this food money?

Posted by: randykree | April 7, 2010 9:04 AM | Report abuse

I don't agree that individuals who receive entitlement benefits shoul be made to take drug tests, but I do believe anyone who receives benefits, with exceptions of the elderly and seriously disabled should be required or mandated to do some sort of public works or volunteer efforts, as we should each be contributing sin ome way to the betterment of our society.

Posted by: tpwatson1 | April 7, 2010 9:34 AM | Report abuse

add on:

We have plenty to be done around the city and country, that has been neglected and forgotten about where able bodied persons could make a substantial impact. Some could even be trained and hired later on, if there lack is because of joblessness. We could allow persons to relocate to areas that need revitilization, and for their efforts receive first choice of renovated housing projects (not PJs) that arent being used currently to their potential.

Posted by: tpwatson1 | April 7, 2010 9:41 AM | Report abuse

If you can only afford food with government subsidies, you are a failure in life.

Posted by: kenk4 | April 6, 2010 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Nice, spoken like a true American.

Posted by: Bigfoot_has_a_posse | April 7, 2010 9:48 AM | Report abuse

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