More Than 1/3 Of Population Of Puerto Rico On Food Stamps

Food Stamps SNAP

Can you say welfare state? Okay, I know, it’s a territory, but you get the idea. More than a third of the population of Puerto Rico is on food stamps paid for by Uncle Sam. Okay, I know there’s no Uncle Sam,  US taxpayers are footing the bill.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Nutrition Assistance Program (NAP) for Puerto Rico, an unincorporated territory of the United States, received $2 billion in Nutrition Assistance Block Grants in fiscal year 2012.

Part of that total includes funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), popularly known as the “economic stimulus,” which passed in 2009 — $165 million in economic stimulus funds went to food stamps in Puerto Rico in FY 2012.

The $165 million in stimulus funding is on top of $494.3 million in food stamp grants to Puerto Rico from the ARRA in FY 2009 and 2010.  Stimulus spending will continue towards the program this year, with an estimated $101.3 million in FY 2013.

A spokesman from the USDA Food and Nutrition Service told CNSNews.com that, on average, 1.37 million people received food stamps in Puerto Rico each month in FY 2012. Puerto Rico has a population of 3.7 million, meaning 37 percent of Puerto Ricans are on food stamps paid by the federal government.

Puerto Rico currently has an unemployment rate of 14.2 percent.  The median household income is $19,122 per year. (Read More)

Doesn’t that just prove that the Democrats are full of crap when they say food stamps create jobs? If they were correct, with more than a third of the people on the dole unemployment would be around 5%.

Oh, and the article also noted that there’s no way to tell how the funds are spent because the benefits are distributed in cash. Isn’t that swell?

No wonder Democrats want to make Puerto Rico the 51st state.