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Old 07-21-2013, 06:18 PM
 
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It puzzled me why supermarkets were selling 55g drums.


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NY food stamp recipients are shipping welfare-funded groceries to relatives in Jamaica, Dominican Republic and Haiti
By KATE BRIQUELET and ISABEL VINCENT
Last Updated: 11:35 AM, July 21, 2013
Posted: 12:34 AM, July 21, 2013
Food stamps are paying for trans-Atlantic takeout with New Yorkers using taxpayer-funded benefits to ship food to relatives in Jamaica, Haiti and the Dominican Republic.

Welfare recipients are buying groceries with their Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards and packing them in giant barrels for the trip overseas, The Post found.

The practice is so common that hundreds of 45- to 55-gallon cardboard and plastic barrels line the walls of supermarkets in almost every Caribbean corner of the city.
New York food stamp recipients are shipping welfare-funded groceries to relatives in Jamaica, Dominican Republic, Haiti - NYPOST.com
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Old 07-21-2013, 06:28 PM
 
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Wow. I'm sick of constantly hearing about fraud in the welfare system. Can't anything be done?
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Old 07-21-2013, 06:29 PM
 
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This is nothing new.
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Old 07-21-2013, 06:32 PM
 
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This is nothing new.
Might not be new but, I've only recently (past 6 mos or so) seen supermarkets selling these drums and advertising them on the front page of their circulars.

Maybe it was done before but not on this scale.
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Old 07-22-2013, 05:20 PM
 
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This story is quite bogus as well. Some major exaggeratons. This is a tabloid after all.
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Old 07-22-2013, 06:40 PM
 
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Might not be new but, I've only recently (past 6 mos or so) seen supermarkets selling these drums and advertising them on the front page of their circulars.

Maybe it was done before but not on this scale.
Do you live in Brooklyn? This is nothing new at all. Being of West Indian heritage, I know about "de barrel." It's simply the way West Indians living here utilize ship goods back home to their family and loved ones. Whether the groceries are welfare-funded or not is an entirely different issue. But they're used to ship goods back home.
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Old 07-23-2013, 06:48 AM
 
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So what do they eat after shipping all their food abroad?
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Old 07-23-2013, 07:34 AM
 
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i wonder how much of the foods actually makes it to the final destination
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Old 07-23-2013, 08:41 AM
 
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Lol I would see it too but never made connection people would use foodstamps for that. Duh...
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Old 07-23-2013, 09:11 AM
 
Location: New York NY
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This story just smacks of the usual hate-the-poor, anti-welfare, right-wing, Rupert Murdoch garbage.

As someone pointed out, Caribbean folks here have been doing this for years. Its not news.

No indication in the story about whether this food is being resold, shared with family or donated. Probably all three to some degree, but it would be nice to know, and the reporter is too lazy to find out.

No indication whether this is actually illegal (that USDA spokeswoman skirted the issue) and again, then reporter was too lazy to find out.

Understand that the underlying assumption here is that this is the TAXPAYER's food.

Well, it isn't. It's the recipients food, plain and simple. And once its theirs, barring any illegalities, they are free to do with it as they please.

And helping poorer relatives back home should be applauded, not condemend.

Once you buy food, its YOUR food -- not someone else's.
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