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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.
Not sure how I feel about this...and honestly, I'm kinda conflicted. I'm going to go ahead and ASSUME that those receiving food in other countries are in need. So, at least they are getting fed....I hate seeing people starve. However, those shipping the food are obviously abusing the system on tax funded money. It's a pretty smart come-up....but I'm not a fan of this benefit being abused.