Site eases process to get food stamps

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Food stamp usage in Georgia is on the increase, according to statewide statistics, and with the demand for such social services rising, state officials want to make the application process easier.

"It really kind of serves as your one-stop shopping point, if you will, for social services," Taka Wiley, a spokeswoman for the Georgia Department of Human Resources, said of a new state Web site, Common Point of Access to Social Services.

The site, www.compass.ga.gov, launched earlier this month, allows residents to check on eligibility for social services and apply for food stamps.

Eventually, people will be able to apply for Medicaid, child care, WIC, energy assistance and other services on the site.

Ms. Wiley said the site won't replace state Department of Human Resources' offices, where residents can still apply for social services.

"We're just saying in addition to that, let's make it easier for you," she said.

The site asks for such information as the number of people in your household, the county in which you live, how much you pay each month for housing and utilities and how much money you make or have in a bank account. A verification process follows.

"What this (site) really does is just really start that process," Ms. Wiley said.

Demand for food stamps, she said, has been on the increase, with 480,103 households in Georgia receiving them in November. That's nearly 80,000 more than in November 2007. It's also an increase over the 403,127 average monthly household figure for all of the past fiscal year.

Workers at Bi-Lo on Peach Orchard Road in Augusta said they've seen an increase in food stamps at their store.

Karen Peterson, a spokeswoman for Food Lion, said her company also has seen an increase, but it's not certain whether it has to do with the economy or with people simply switching to the store.

Though she was unable to provide specific figures for the Augusta area, she said, "We're in 11 states, and Georgia is definitely one of the highest (in food stamp usage)."

Not everyone has noticed the trend.

"I think it has remained fairly constant," said Nick Churillo, the store manager of Publix on Furys Ferry Road.

Statewide, Ms. Wiley said, the number of those using food stamps is likely to continue rising.

"It's actually been a gradual increase over the course of some years," she said. "Of course with the economy, it's going to cause those numbers to go up a little more quickly."

Reach Preston Sparks at (706) 823-3338 or preston.sparks@augustachronicle.com.

NEED A HAND?

To determine whether you're eligible for certain social services in Georgia or to apply for food stamps, visit the state's new Web site, www.compass.ga.gov.

To apply for food stamps in South Carolina, go to www.healthyhelpings.org/stamp_app.htm

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SargentMidTown
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SargentMidTown 12/26/08 - 02:01 am
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That is right the Augusta

That is right the Augusta product is Crime, poverty and ignorance.

icanusethat
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icanusethat 12/26/08 - 06:00 am
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When people have to much

When people have to much pride to go in the welfare office and ask for help this is for you...

pantherluvcik
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pantherluvcik 12/26/08 - 07:34 am
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I honestly don't think it

I honestly don't think it will get much usage, since those who need foodstamps probably don't have computers. And I think you are being narrow minded to think that people have to be ignorant and criminals to need help these days. The economy is bad, just because it hasn't affected you YET don't discount the fact that it has affected others. Lack of jobs and layoffs affect a lot of people. I have a cousin with two degrees including an engineering degree and he can't find a job. And he's far from ignorant, lazy or a criminal. And no he doesn't get foodstamps.

scooter32
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scooter32 12/26/08 - 08:24 am
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Thank you pantherluvcik for

Thank you pantherluvcik for setting Sargentmidtown straight! I hate when people try and knock others just because hard times hasn't hit them yet! Yes, the economy is in bad shape.

SCGAL53
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SCGAL53 12/26/08 - 09:07 am
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Sarg- that was uncalled

Sarg- that was uncalled for.
Anyone interested in other food assistance go to angelfoodministries.com

HYPOCRITES 08
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HYPOCRITES 08 12/26/08 - 09:45 am
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3 out 0f 5 with some

3 out 0f 5 with some compassion. need improvement but not too bad.

Bizarro
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Bizarro 12/26/08 - 11:02 am
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I think it is because a

I think it is because a certain population believes Obama will provide all their living expenses. I've noted several physician friends who have stated some patients have dropped their insurance because they know Obama will provide them with "free" health care. See how easy it is for myth to be generated into a society.

crazyoldman
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crazyoldman 12/26/08 - 11:53 am
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I agree kinda with

I agree kinda with pantherluvcik It should not be getting much use because if someone really needs help they should have already sold the luxuries and stuff to survive and if they can pay a monthly internet access fee they should be able to buy food and stuff. As far as hard times I can remember when I worked three different places at the same time to make ends meet. So I cannot see what the problem is because if you look in the classified section of this newspaper there are many jobs to choose from. As a matter of fact the company I work for just hired four people the week before last and several more over the past year. Sometimes you have to swallow that pride and do whatever it takes to make it. As far as your cousin with two degrees, I’m a high school dropout and I get to tell people with degrees what to do. I’m not knocking school. School is a great tool. I wished I’d went and been a lawyer or doctor or something like that. You have to go to college for the right subjects for it to pay off.

whitescorpion
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whitescorpion 12/26/08 - 11:58 am
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Economy is bad!!! Most of the

Economy is bad!!! Most of the folks on food stamps were on food stamps when the economy was good and there were plenty of jobs around... yet they remain on food stamps. I submit... when the economy cycles back around (despite Osama/Obama) those on food stamps will remain on food stamps. There are times when everyone needs a hand up, but those that live from week to week on hand-outs sicken me.

whitescorpion
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whitescorpion 12/26/08 - 12:02 pm
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When you simply "give" food

When you simply "give" food stamps, money, housing, health care etc etc etc away, then you will always have long long lines of those waiting with their hands out. It not only impacts the economy but it does not create wealth, it creates dependence. You are not entitled to some things, schooling, security, and so forth. But you are not entitled to everything. You want the American dream, work for it.

fred1217
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fred1217 12/26/08 - 01:49 pm
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Bizarro, certain CEOs,

Bizarro, certain CEOs, banking and insurance conglomerates, car manufacturers and others expected (AND GOT) George W. Bush to "provide all their living expenses" and you did not have a problem with that. Halliburton expected Dick Cheney to keep it's "Gravy Train" rolling. Did you have a problem with that??? A trillion here and a trillion there adds up eventually. Because of the "Raping" of the economy that went on for 8 years more and more hard working families now qualify for food stamps. Why criticize them and gleefully give Trillions to Political Cronies? Typical Conservative Cronyism.

Bizarro
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Bizarro 12/26/08 - 02:18 pm
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Absolutely and have a problem

Absolutely and have a problem with all the govt thieves. I am not a conservative or a liberal both mirror images of neuroses. Conservatives have a fear mongering status quo mentality and liberals either lack intellect or are pseudointellectually driven. Both freakin morons. Moderates and centrist need to rule within govt. as both extremes are disastrous.

SargentMidTown
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SargentMidTown 12/26/08 - 02:20 pm
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Please spear me thy bleeding

Please spear me thy bleeding hearts.,,,,there is a segment of the population whos' grand parents got welfare. Generational welfare has ruined people. A prime example is the people who were throwing bottles at the police at Cheery Tree Crossing. Please read this report: http://www.theatlantic.com/doc/200807/memphis-crime Further we need to slow down the reproduction of these unproductive people. You I agree these are tough economic times...Time to do some tube tying: http://www.nola.com/news/index.ssf/2008/09/labruzzo_sterilization_plan_f...

SargentMidTown
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SargentMidTown 12/26/08 - 02:23 pm
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whitescorpion I agree with

whitescorpion I agree with you.

SargentMidTown
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SargentMidTown 12/26/08 - 02:27 pm
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pantherluvcik There are many

pantherluvcik There are many home owners in Augusta who would value an educated domestic. I like my help to be polite and well spoken. Does your cousin do windows?

Bizarro
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Bizarro 12/26/08 - 02:28 pm
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Just think if all animals

Just think if all animals practiced welfare-it would be disastrous to ecosystems and the evolution of populations. While I understand how the faiths support such notions secularists should realize how biologically and sociologically bad welfare actions are to a population. hee,hee,hee.

SargentMidTown
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SargentMidTown 12/26/08 - 02:32 pm
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SCGAL53 ...Not all people who

SCGAL53 ...Not all people who get welfare are criminals but welfere has created a "project mentality culture" who are criminals. We need to watch them cloely and thir numbers need to be reduced in "these hard times" : http://www.theatlantic.com/doc/200807/memphis-crime

http://www.nola.com/news/index.ssf/2008/09/labruzzo_sterilization_plan_f...

SargentMidTown
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SargentMidTown 12/26/08 - 02:34 pm
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Bizarro ...Elegantly stated

Bizarro ...Elegantly stated indeed. You my friend are a scholar and a gentle person.

fred1217
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fred1217 12/26/08 - 02:43 pm
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I just wish people would be

I just wish people would be consistent and not hypocritical. After the Trillion Dollar HANDOUTS, it should be clear to everyone, that this is a WELFARE STATE and if you can't see that, you're either blind or naive. Let a hurricane come through and do 2 Billion Dollars worth of damage and see who cries for Federal Assistance first....the Insurance Industry. Try looking at Key Biscayne, Fla...that's the best Federal Housing Project in the US, not Cherry Tree Crossing...as some might think. SargegentMidTown, you've bought in to the Right Wing "smoke screen" of blaming all your problems on the lower end of the economic ladder. By watching them, you don't see who's really "stealing the Kitty". You need to Wake Up and "Follow the Money".

SargentMidTown
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SargentMidTown 12/26/08 - 02:51 pm
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If unproductive people do not

If unproductive people do not reproduce less now then we are in for a bad future. Now is the time for them to voluntarily be sterilized before circumstances make it mandatory for them to be sterilized. I hope that these people have the decency and the integrity to reproduce less. Ghetto mentality begits ghetto mentality and the ugly chain continues: http://www.nola.com/news/index.ssf/2008/09/labruzzo_sterilization_plan_f...

fred1217
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fred1217 12/26/08 - 03:02 pm
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Sarge, you really should cite

Sarge, you really should cite "Mein Kampf". Those are not your original ideas even though you espouse them. Also, since we are in the 21 Century, I would dress it up to use biological smart bombs that would take out those you deem genetically inferior to you.

SargentMidTown
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SargentMidTown 12/26/08 - 03:03 pm
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fred1217 ...There are plenty

fred1217 ...There are plenty of poor people who are good people. No ones else's wealth causes generational welfare people to stay ignorant and commit crimes. There is no smoke screen here.

SargentMidTown
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SargentMidTown 12/26/08 - 03:19 pm
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fred1217 ... Generational

fred1217 ... Generational welfare people do not lack food clothing and shelter. Their economic circumstances do not excuse their bad behavior and their repulsion/aversion to educational opportunities.

SargentMidTown
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SargentMidTown 12/26/08 - 03:42 pm
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fred1217 Mein Kampf is not a

fred1217 Mein Kampf is not a good comparison. Crack cocaine and flagrant lawlessness was not endemic to the Jews that Hitler was after. You are just making an absurd comparison because I speak the truth and you are attempting to defend insurgents. Examine the facts such as crime reports, domestic violence, demographics and well written articles such as this...and your Mein Kampf analogy vaporizes into a "smoke screen"
http://www.theatlantic.com/doc/200807/memphis-crime

icanusethat
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icanusethat 12/26/08 - 04:27 pm
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bizarro---i always say if

bizarro---i always say if obama don't do nothing else he say hes gonna do i do believe he will give out free health care because thats the way his mother and grandma dead so yea we wil jump on that right away..but lately obama been changing his word alot about things obama don't forget they will impeach you fast buddy so u better live up to your word

icanusethat
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icanusethat 12/26/08 - 04:35 pm
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sargentmidtown check the

sargentmidtown check the welfare up dates fool it's more whites on welfare then blacks now..whites have been stealing from the gov for years also blacks went after welfare and whites went after ssi faking sick and know they don't need that free check...it's ppl like u who will need it in the long run u watch and see.

SargentMidTown
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SargentMidTown 12/26/08 - 05:45 pm
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icanusethat ....If I do need

icanusethat ....If I do need welfare I will apply for it. Although I don't think that I will be selling crack and dog fighting on the side. Happy New Year.

dale88fan
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dale88fan 12/27/08 - 10:16 am
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dont worry folks --- osama is

dont worry folks --- osama is coming!!

Chuchi
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Chuchi 12/27/08 - 10:49 am
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I have heard that with food

I have heard that with food stamps, regardless of your income, you can only have $2000 in savings and if you exceed that you are booted from the program. Well, maybe that sounds like a lot of money but it really isn't, especially if you have kids. One good way to get out of poverty is to have the ability to save money so you don't have to live from paycheck to paycheck and you can have something set aside for emergencies or other expenses that crop up. You can't live beneath your income if your income is small to begin with and the state penalizes you for being frugal and saving your pennies. If a family receiving food assistance breaks that $2000 barrier they are booted from the program and they end up having to spend that money on food. So they have to apply for assistance once more and the poverty cycle begins again. I know honest, hardworking people who are trying so hard to get off of the government dole but the system is not set up to help them get out. At the very least the state should raise the savings amount to $4000-$5000, because anyone with kids can tell you that $2000 is chump change.

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55 F-100 12/27/08 - 11:06 am
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More whites than blacks on

More whites than blacks on food stamps?? That's funny, because it has been my experience that the welfare food stamp folks in front of me in the check-out line are always Hispanics who can't speak English, and Blacks talking on cell phones. I hope that the Grocers will read this, and establish a cash only checkout lane so that I am not delayed by the food stamp crowd. Hispanics, learn to understand and speak English or go back to your native country. And to the Blacks talking on their cell phones, no one cares to hear your babble, and if you don't shut up and get a move on, you are going to miss the Visiting Hours at the county lock-up!!!

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