The Wisconsin FoodShare program grew 184 percent between 2003 and 2012; from 462,000 to 845,000 people.
Economic conditions contributed to this growth.
Among these higher numbers, some 76,000 people chose not to follow the rules in order to receive FoodShare.
Thus, they became ineligible.
All these people need do is enroll for 20 hours per week of employment training to receive aid.
And, if they’re receiving Unemployment Compensation, they need to search for work four times per week for eligibility.
People who have been determined by the Health and Human Services Department to be medically or mentally unfit for employment, or pregnant women or the elderly, are excluded from the rules for FoodShare.
People are also given free cellphones and free time on them by the federal government for job search purposes.
These 76,000 people freely chose to do neither of the prerequisites to participate in the FoodShare program.
It might also be added that needy people are also free to use the local food pantries, and Ruby’s Pantry, both of which furnish food for them.
I would think that any person of reason would agree that these are fair and appropriate rules to follow in getting food.
The letter written by Phillip Nolan in the March 21 County Post surely had the FoodShare program backwards.
He says, “Republicans are shutting these people out to starve”.
Again, these people freely chose to be ineligible by not following the rules set forth by our state government.
Accountability and responsibility are the duties of all able bodied American adults, and if they choose otherwise, it is not fair to blame Governor Walker, nor the Republican citizens of Wisconsin.