The USDA website has some interesting wording as to how to get EBT (food stamps) into the hands of more seniors. According to Fox News:
“Throw a Great Party. Host social events where people mix and mingle,” the pamphlet encourages in one of the guides. “Make it fun by having activities, games, food, and entertainment, and provide information about SNAP. Putting SNAP information in a game format like BINGO, crossword puzzles, or even a ‘true/false’ quiz is fun and helps get your message across in a memorable way.”
A series of guides currently posted on the USDA website promotes local offices of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program — or SNAP, but commonly referred to as food stamps — to entice eligible seniors to enroll in the welfare program. The promotional campaign has cost between $2.5 million and $3 million.
Famously, a nightclub in Montgomery, AL offered free shots at $5 admission (after 10:30pm! What what!) for all those who showed their EBT cards at the door. The flyer is above.
However, it has been overwhelmingly proven that food stamps put money back into the economy. Again, from the USDA website:
Every $5 in new SNAP benefits generates $9.20 in an additional community spending,” the USDA states without elaborating. The department continues: “If the national participation rate rose five percentage points, 1.9 million more low-income people would have an additional $1.3 billion in benefits per year to use to purchase healthy food and $2.5 billion total in new economic activity would be generated nationwide.”