50 years into war on poverty, food stamp cuts hit Ky.'s Owsley County harder than most

  • Article by: BRETT BARROUQUERE , Associated Press
  • Updated: January 12, 2014 - 11:25 AM

BOONEVILLE, Ky. — Rosanna Troyer is coping with the drop in her federal food assistance from $367 to $303 by cutting back on meat purchases and buying more canned goods and macaroni and cheese.

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wingknutJan. 13, 1410:59 PM

If I had a budget of $303 a month for groceries, I think we would eat well. I shop at discount grocery stores and I think I spend about $300-$400 which is for a family of four. I try to maintain a vegetarian diet, so that helps with the costs as well.

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boozlesJan. 13, 1411:17 PM

Looks like Owsley County Republicans are winning their "war on poverty" real good.

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tooty123Jan. 13, 1411:42 PM

And the Congressman from the district voted no on the food stamps! It is 99% white and Republican! He earns around $174,000 a year and the median income around 19,000 a year and calls them dependent on "food!" Well, yes they would be dependent without earning enough to buy food. It's just the "failure" of our society to not provide food to our poor. It shows how our country is so divided by the haves and the have not.

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Mike948Jan. 14, 1412:57 AM

Articles like this may make republicans stop their war on the poor because they think they're only hurting nonwhites! The congressman would probably vote differently now.

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dahdahJan. 14, 14 1:10 AM

Look closely and you will see that John Kline and Eric Paulsen were ardent proponents of gutting the food stamp program for the needy. Neither man knows what it's like to been on food stamps or go to a food bank. Both men have been on the federal payroll for years. In fact, except for a few years in the private sector, Kline has been on the federal dole for his entire adult life. But both took a cleaver to the food stamp program and hacked away. Shameful.

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