Record number of Illinois Families on Food Stamps

WINNEBAGO COUNTY (WIFR) -- More than 10,000 households in Winnebago County rely on food stamps to survive.

The average family receives $296 dollars per month. In Illinois the number of families receiving assistance increased nearly 12% from last year, but applications for the program have seen an even larger increase.


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  • by Renee Location: S.East on Aug 12, 2010 at 07:04 PM
    Casey, I feel sorry for people like you... It must be hard to carry around so much hate day after day. First off I am a single BLACK mom and do not benefit from welfare or food stamps. I also struggle putting food on my table. I am lucky to have $60 to spend on food! However, I have plenty of white friends who decrease their work hours just so they can scam the system in order to receive benefits! So there goes your ridiculous theory! It's not about race it's about playing the system something I cannot do. By the way if the system would stop condoning people to be dependent then we wouldn't have this issue. So instead of spewing hate take that energy and try changing laws! Smh...
  • by Casey on Aug 6, 2010 at 05:17 PM
    White people don't qualify for food stamps. I believe you have to be of another race to even get an application. There are plenty of people out there who don't work, or won't work because they qualify for welfare (medical, link and cash assistance) I am sick of paying for these low-lifes to eat when I can barely put food on my table to feed my family. The system just isn't right.
  • by Jeff on Aug 5, 2010 at 10:23 AM
    No Terry, the problem boils down to laziness. I agree with what you are saying but drive through the west side and you will see tons of "non-workers" People believe that we owe them something and that they are exempt from work.
  • by Terry Location: Rockford on Aug 4, 2010 at 02:36 PM
    Those numbers do not surprise me. Though many have jobs..This area is a breeding ground for low wage jobs. Low pay poverty=welfare.So as long as that goes. there will always be the need for welfare in this area.
  • by Jeff on Aug 3, 2010 at 09:35 PM
    10,000 households?? Id bet 9500 of them are just to lazy to go out and get a job. To busy making kids for us to feed.
  • by Darb on Aug 3, 2010 at 06:28 PM
    DUH!!! No jobs! Thanks Clinton! But yet the great savior of the country is on vacation more than any of his previous colleagues. Guess it's not that big a deal. Be afraid of our government. We have all this poverty, but yet our President will not lock down our borders? Really?
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