US Spending $41 Mil to Advertise Food Stamps


For some context, total food stamp spending in 1969 was 250 million dollars. Now food stamp spending has long since departed into out of control territory and we’re spending the entire national budget of an 1840s year just to promote it.

Spending on advertising and outreach for food stamps has increased six-fold since 2000 — reaching $41.3 million in 2011, according to a new GOP report.

ccording to calculations released by Alabama Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions Budget Committee staff, using data from the Agriculture Department’s Economic Research Service, in the year 2000 spending on advertising for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) — or food stamps — was approximately $6.5 million.

In the ensuing years, spending on advertising and outreach steadily increased reaching $41.3 million in 2011, according to the calculations, which were confirmed by the Congressional Research Service, according to Budget Committee staff.

The increase in spending on SNAP advertising came as the program’s cost rapidly increased — quadrupling since 2001 and more than doubling since 2008.

Just think, if this goes on, we can look forward to spending 2 trillion a year to advertise food stamps in 2061. Because how can people know they are entitled to free food unless we advertise it everywhere?

  • Gee

    Why does the government need to advertise their give away programs? I am sure that every welfare family knows all about them already

    • ziggy zoggy

      Because every government program has to go over budget so that it can claim it needs a larger budget the following year. Government waste has metastasized under the Obamaburo.

  • Forums4Justice

    Federal Food Stamp Cost (in billions)
    FY2000 $18.0; 17.2 million recipients
    FY2001 $18.6; 17.3 million recipients
    FY2002 $21.3; 19.1 million recipients
    FY2003 $24.4; 21.3 million recipients
    FY2004 $27.6; 23.8 million recipients
    FY2005 $31.6; 25.7 million recipients
    FY2006 $33.2; 26.5 million recipients
    FY2007 $35.0; 26.3 million recipients
    FY2008 $40.0; 28.8 million recipients
    FY2009 $57.0; 33.8 million recipients
    FY2010 $70.5; 40.8 million recipients
    FY2011 $77.6; 44.7 million recipients
    FY2012 $80.4; 46.7 million recipients
    FY2013 $82.0; 47.7 million recipients

  • pupsncats

    I wonder how much the taxpayer is going to be billed for advertisements on Obamacare subsidies.

  • UCSPanther

    Everybody sign up for your Obamaphones…

  • cde