Alabama Wants More People to Get Food Stamps

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Alabama wants more people to receive food stamp benefits. Alabama Department of Human Resources Commissioner Page Walley says the move would help the hungry and boost the economy.

Walley said trying to increase a publicly funded program during a tough budget year may seem impractical, but he says it isn't really.

He told The Birmingham News that every $5 in federal food stamps issued generates $9.20 in local and state economic activity.

The newspaper reported that about 546,000 Alabamians receive food stamps each month. The stamps provided more than 600 million dollars in federal benefits for state residents this year. Walley said the total economic impact was estimated at 1.1 billion dollars.

Walley recently brainstormed with local, state and federal officials and plans to launch programs this year to encourage more people to apply for the benefits.

Plans include making it easier for the elderly and diabled to apply and outreach to employers of low-income employees.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Anonymous Location: Madison, Al. on May 21, 2010 at 03:55 PM
    Hello, I am unemployed, have three people in the home, I am the only income. I applied at the end of March, got an interview on my May appt. date. Called to reschedule. I had left four messages, received a letter stood up my appt. It stated I was slated on a specific day on a waiting list. (I could be there all day) Today I received another letter saying my information was outdated! It has been since March, there are no direct extensions or email address, they don't return phone calls. Everyone I know that has applied (15) None of them received phone stamps and are making it impossible for me. I was informed by our local office that Alabama has a different system to determine if you can receive them. The Federal application says you qualify but the state can say no. This is frustrating! I will post if I get them in June my "waiting list" apt.
  • by vicky Location: thomasville on Apr 2, 2009 at 05:06 PM
    is we going to get extra food stamps
  • by unknown Location: birmingham,al on Jul 8, 2008 at 11:35 AM
    The goverment is to busy taken care of all the mexicans getting across the boarder with FREE medical care FREE everthing they take better care of them than they do our own. We go to work every day so our taxes can take care of them. they can get help asap where as we have to be put on a waiting list and go homeless, but have you ever seen a homeless mexican that just came in the us with or without a green card NO!!! So why do they do not have to pay taxes and we do and they get all the benfits that my country offers and my people can't get anything.
  • by Anonymous on May 5, 2008 at 06:57 AM
    I am from Indiana and I am a hard working employee. In Indiana I get taxes taken out of my paychecks each week at a time. I work in a grocery store therefore I see how Food Stamp card holders purchase their food. The problem here is that they get what they want and not what they need. I work hard for somebody to spend my money to eat in luxury. I feel that if Alabama does promote more people to get on food stamps then they need to set guidelines for what people can and cant buy as with every state. I'm not happy when I see people buying steaks, shrimp, pop, candy, chips, and custom made cakes. So if you do promote then do something about this!
  • by Need Help Location: Alabama on Feb 20, 2008 at 12:11 PM
    My husband is retired and I am on SSI, After we pay the bills we have no money left for food. So we have to decide what bill is lefted not paid so we can get a little bit of food. BUT we can't get food stamps cause we make to much money. I also know a family of four that just got cut cause they say they make to much. And they had to let some bills go so they could feed the kids.Right Alabama tell us again how you care about the people here in this state.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 20, 2008 at 08:51 AM
    They say they want to help people of low incom. My question is why do they make the guidelines and restrictions so difficult? Some of us wouldn't apply if it wasn't needed. but when we try, it seems as if the system makes it so anyone can't be approved.
  • by Jacqui Location: Daleville on Feb 19, 2008 at 10:33 AM
    "Plans include making it easier for the elderly and diabled (sic) to apply and outreach to employers of low-income employees." That's really a hoot considering they just cut my family off in January from food stamps (I have two children) and our only source of income is my disability, and my daughter's small child support check. They claimed I made too much money on disability. Not to mention I have no health insurance, my prescriptions and required medical alone needs far exceed my income- oh, yes, I could go on. I have worked hard since I was 16 and that's what I got in return for something beyond my control. I just found this to be absurd. Cut people off who clearly need the help but then turn around with spew like this. Give me a break; my kids could have benefited from even $100 a month in help. Don't say you want to help people and then turn around and cut families off when they clearly need help. Look at the entire picture when making guidelines. Look at the human side.
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