Sunday, June 06, 2004

Food vouchers for WIC program

Title: Stores specializing in food vouchers bill for top prices
Source: New York Times
Date: June 6, 2004

From the article:
    The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, or WIC, helps feed 7.7 million people each month by providing vouchers for infant formula, juice, eggs, milk, cheese, cereal and dried beans. A growing number of stores now are selling only to WIC families, accepting only WIC vouchers for payment.
This is remarkable -- 7.7 million people receiving food vouchers -- so many poor people that a whole ecosystem of food stores now caters specifically to them.

The article also contains this amazing statistic: "About 47 percent of all babies born in the United States each year participate in the [WIC] program."

47 percent of all babies in the United States are now poor.

Enrolling in the WIC program is not trivial. There are income requirements based on federal poverty guidelines. In addition, according to this page:
    "Applicants must be seen by a health professional such as a physician, nurse, or nutritionist who must determine whether the individual is at nutrition risk. In many cases, this is done in the WIC clinic at no cost to the applicant. However, this information can be obtained from another health professional such as the applicant's physician... At a minimum, the applicant's height and weight must be measured and bloodwork taken to check for anemia."
In other words, the process requires that applicants go see a doctor, and the doctor must sign off that there is a medical reason for granting food vouchers (e.g. - underweight, underheight, anemia, failure to thrive, etc.)

Nearly half of babies in the U.S. have been through that application process and have been found to be in need of supplemental food vouchers.

This data on WIC meshes with data from the National School Lunch Program. Students are eligible for free or reduced-price lunches based on the following criteria:
    Any child at a participating school may purchase a meal through the National School Lunch Program. Children from families with incomes at or below 130 percent of the poverty level are eligible for free meals. Those with incomes between 130 percent and 185 percent of the poverty level are eligible for reduced-price meals, for which students can be charged no more than 40 cents. (For the period July 1, 2003, through June 30, 2004, 130 percent of the poverty level is $23,920 for a family of four; 185 percent is $34,040.)
According to this page: "The National School Lunch Program is a federally assisted meal program operating in more than 99,800 public and non-profit private schools and residential child care institutions. It provides nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free lunches to more than 26 million children each school day."

According to the 2004 World Almanac (page 289), there were 47.2 million students enrolled in elementary and secondary schools in 2000-2001. So 55% of all students in the U.S. have taken the time to apply for, and now receive, free and reduced lunches. Some families would not apply, which means that well over 55% of all families with children in the U.S. are making less than $34,040 as their household income. That is also a remarkable statistic.

These statistics represent the concentration of wealth at work. Executives are making millions of dollars per year. They are receiving patently ridiculous severance packages. Meanwhile, workers in America are making less and less, to the point where more than half of the kids in this country are now receiving food assistance.


At 7:35 PM, Blogger Mike said...

Thought you would like this. homeworker

At 3:55 PM, Blogger Joe said...



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23747 W. Valencia Blvd.
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Re: Article 1:8 Federal Postal Road Tax Ticket #A103463 [C1792583]

Dear: Police Court Troops:

On 12-26-07 Ms. _____received a Federal Postal Road Ticket Tax from one of your Article 1:10 troops (police).

You called the federal postal road infraction tax “bail,” which doesn’t make sense to me according to Webster’s definition of that word, but never mind that, & never mind Article 3 “Standing” rules (there is no victim here). Ms. _____is struggling very hard to make ends meet, so I am acting as her secretary to handle some of her hectic schedule. She is a single mother of two.
I have enclosed a money order (cashiers check) for the so-called “bail” you claim she owes you, in the amount of $151.00.
With respect, I was hoping you could provide some kind of advisory opinion with regard to the exemption to the following American commands you claim, by act, to be legitimately operating under:

A) Powers not delegated to my federal government & not prohibited to the states are reserved to the States or the people (10th Amendment);

B) No state [man] shall keep troops (Article 1:10);

C) “All” law making power is Article 1 “granted,” meaning “delegated”; &

D) All inferior court power is Article 3 delegated.

Article 6 of our road map to a United & better state of being says the above law is supreme, all other codes & laws “notwithstanding,” meaning void:

A) “[T]he duty is to declare and enforce the rule of the supreme law and—“
B) “--reject that of an inferior act of legislation which,” transcending the Constitution--
C) “--is of no effect and binding on no one.”

Yours Truly


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