‘Paid Government Volunteers’ Receive Food Stamps, Too


File this one under “things you couldn’t make up if you tried.” Not only is the government paying volunteers through stipends, these so-called volunteers can then turn around and receive food stamps.

Two Senate Republicans identified a welfare loophole that allows ‘paid government volunteers’ in AmeriCorps to receive food stamps from Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program — for which they should not qualify, as a rule — in addition to a stipend from the government.

“The role of the SNAP program isn’t to provide additional money to paid government volunteers; it is to help feed hungry American families,” Sen. John Thune, R-N.D., said in a statement today. Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., the ranking Republican on the Budget Committee added that “we’ve learned that a separate government agency—whose mission is to encourage volunteerism and community service—is using a loophole to further expand welfare enrollment without regard to need or qualification.” (Read More)

Who isn’t on food stamps these days? Good grief.

Update: Linked by Expose the Media – thanks!