Poll: What do you think about temporary SNAP (food stamps)?

by | October 29, 2015 6:30 pm

Last Updated: November 3, 2015 at 1:20 pm

There has been quite the line outside the Clarendon County Department of Social Services Office since Tuesday.
The hubbub is due to the state allowing folks in Clarendon County who suffered unreimbursed disaster losses, including those related to food losses, to apply for temporary Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (food stamps). It also allows those already receiving SNAP benefits to receive a supplement for damages incurred, although residents in Manning, Pinewood, New Zion and Summerton already receiving SNAP benefits did not have to come in to apply.
The process can be found at this post.
But we’ve heard a lot in the community about “free food stamps” and “more food stamps,” so we wanted to poll readers and ask them.

Votes are anonymous.

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comments » 14

  1. Comment by Shane McDonald

    October 29, 2015 at 19:13

    Getting them monthly is enough, they should help those we don’t get them on a regular bases.

  2. Comment by Travis Brown Jr

    October 29, 2015 at 19:55

    I think a lot of the recipients are not being honest about their needs or losses. When you say free, a lot of people show up regardless of need.

  3. Comment by Hard worker

    October 29, 2015 at 20:46

    No enough food stamps are given to the wrong people for the wrong reasons now! Like when you go behind one in the grocery line and ebt doesn’t cover it and they complain and then open there wallets or pocket books and have hundreds of dollars in cash! And then go out and get in a new car.everyone receiving food stamps should be regularly drug tested and sent to job workshops or even to do community service to help weed out all the ones that are just working the system instead of working a job.i know people who work full time jobs who are struggling to feed their families and cannot get assistance.and some people get everything handed to them free from the government food,housing,gas vouchers, and do nothing for it but work the system and have another kid to get a raise.

  4. Comment by James Pringle

    October 29, 2015 at 20:54

    I think its a great thing that the government is doing. I know some have lost income for a short while and some are paying for repairs and barely have enough to put food on their table, sure i think its a great way of giving back to the communities and state. I know some had damages but was to ashame to stand in the long lines to get help but worry about what others have to say. This wasn’t a time to criticize others but a time to come together and help each other. Me personally thank our government because they could have not giving us nothing. And look at our farmers at the help they’re be receiving soon, i bet if they had to stand in a long line to get help i bet they’re be there standing and waiting on help and not seeing who out do the other. At some point and we all have got some stuff that we didn’t deserve, stop pointing fingers and learn to help.

  5. Comment by Cindy Risher

    October 29, 2015 at 21:39

    As long as the need is real and folks are being honest, I have no problem with this. However, when folks are not being honest and are taking assistance they really do not need, I consider this stealing from those who are truly in need. There will always be those who are too proud to take the help and those who will abuse the system . It is not my job to judge anyone…God will do that… I will just help whenever and however I can.

  6. Comment by Hanan Ali

    October 29, 2015 at 23:23

    Let’s look beyond face value…look deeper in what is presented…we all are accounted for and this is funding I believe is already there for each household anyway. The real issue is because it’s African Americans, blacks, people of color or whomever we are identified as, are the majority standing in line for help and we are made to feel ashamed and feel lies have to be told. If we are given the proper explanation and share the knowledge with one another, without feeling threatened, on how things work in any situation maybe others won’t have to worry about who’s lying about what. I’ve listened to people of other races say I’m going to dress like a bum… for what? Is this what we’ve been reduced to because some of us are less privileged? Maybe they are as well but don’t want others to know it. I didn’t care if someone… anyone…stepped out of a shiny luxury vehicle to get in line… I don’t know the mental road he or she is traveling. I’d rather their families have enough to eat than nothing at all… so don’t be so judgemental…some of us don’t understand what being hungry is like.

  7. Comment by Sherree

    October 29, 2015 at 23:57

    I thought the whole point of snap was for temporary use. For people who have fallen on hard times and need a little help. So yeah, I guess I’m for it. Even though its beyond what a person has already received. I mean, its not like the food they bought with the previous benefits can be used in most cases.

  8. Comment by Carol D

    October 30, 2015 at 00:33

    I agree with Cindy. I had minor damages (thankfully) from the storm and FEMA said I didn’t have enough damage to qualify for a loan or a grant. My boyfriend and I live on a very meager monthly pension and it doesn’t go far enough. I have repairs to do to my roof and flooring that was ruined. Why was I turned down for not having “enough” damage? What is “enough”. Thank you for the info, I will be there to apply for my $25.00. Seriously, is $25 dollars enough to “supplement” my empty refrigerator? Don’t judge me until you walk a mile in my shoes, and be grateful that they are giving us something.

  9. Comment by Barry Lee

    October 30, 2015 at 05:17

    Given the amount of money our Federal government wastes on stupid stuff, this is a drop in the ocean. Given the severity of that flood and the fact that it is temporary, I don’t have a problem with it. You can’t punish those who genuinely need it because some don’t.

  10. Comment by Poorly Handled

    October 30, 2015 at 07:49

    With the technology that exist today, there was a huge waste of resources via the distribution process used. Surely applying via fax/on line could have been used. Verification could be done via DOT of a signature from driver’s lic. There were many that lost wages/income that were eligible and could not take the additional time to go through the process due to time already lost.

  11. Comment by Krista Picciotti

    October 30, 2015 at 09:01

    I lost all my food due to the 14 hour power loss in Manning. I made a huge shopping trip on that Friday when I knew the storm was coming. I think it is wonderful that they are helping to reimburse those who lost their food.

  12. Comment by Aimee

    October 30, 2015 at 10:05

    to the flood victims, yes, they should get this help. to the majority who want a free meal because they don’t want to work; remember this… if they had to do time, they would be assigned a job and they would have to work daily. put these dead beats to work before giving them anything. Flood victims? You should get all the help possible to recover. I am sorry for your loss.

  13. Comment by Kar

    October 30, 2015 at 12:32

    We worry about this, but, don’t freak out when bankers and corporations…AKA the Govt….robs us blind.

  14. Comment by Jerry Johnson

    October 30, 2015 at 18:09

    Wow! Some things just boggles my mind. A quick research would reveal that multi-national corporations receive billions in what is known as “Corporate Welfare” annually. Untold billions are sent to foreign countries ( some who do not have our best interest at heart) yearly, as well; termed “foreign aid”. Why the outrage over American citizens being given help during what our government has designated a disaster? Again, WOW!

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