If you listen to critics of the free government cell phone program, everyone and their mothers are ripping off the system, systematically plundering the Lifeline Assistance program.
In reality, fewer than half the American households that qualify for the Lifeline Assistance program currently participate in the SNAP food stamp program.
Here are the numbers, from CNS News:
SNAP participation averaged 44,344,259 persons in March 2016, a decrease of 38,667 persons compared with February 2016 and a decrease of 1,297,492 persons compared with March 2015. This is the lowest SNAP national participation level since February 2011. Still, SNAP matters for many Americans across the country, particularly as they struggle against problems of underemployment and stagnant wages.
Believe it or not, that’s good news, because the number of beneficiaries on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) had — until the last few months — topped 46,000,000 for 38 straight months according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Despite the startling number of Americans on food stamps, we estimate that the number of free government cell phones is currently below 12,000,000.
CNSnews.com uses some slightly older statistics to put that number in perspective:
As of July, the national population was 318,857,056, the Census Bureau estimates. Thus, the 46,674,364 on food stamps equaled 14.6 percent of the population.
As of September, according to the Census Bureau, there were 115,831,000 households in the country. Thus, the 22,867,248 households on food stamps in October equaled 19.7 percent of the nation’s households.
Unbelievable, isn’t it?
22,867,248 households on food stamps, which is one of the most common ways to qualifying for Lifeline Assistance. Yet fewer than 12,000,000 of those households have taken advantage of the free government cell phone program.
CNSnews puts the shocking number of food stamp recipients in perspective for you.
The 46,674,364 people on food stamps in the United States also exceeded the total populations of Columbia (46,245,297), Kenya (46,245,297), Ukraine (44,291,413) and Argentina (43,024,374)…They were slightly fewer than the population of Spain (47,737,941).
So the next time you hear some publicity-seeking politician spouting off about how many people are ripping off the system, please remember this statistic:
Less than half the households that qualify for free government cell phones have signed up for them.
And please help us spread the word about the free government cell phone program. If you know someone who qualifies, but has not yet enrolled, tell them about FreeGovernmentCellPhones.net.
We’re here to help.