To receive food stamps in New York State, one must be single and make under $14,088 a year, or a be in a family of four and make under $26,668. According to LoHud, the amount of money distributed through the EBT program is up 133% this year, compared with when the recession began in 2007. Three million people were on food stamps this July, a 70% increase from that year. You can't buy Double Downs with them quite yet, but our money is on Taco Bell anyway—those half-pound burritos temporarily take the pain away.
It's also unclear how much of the money is going towards fraudulent claims, which is why MayBloomberg is defending his directive to fingerprint who receive food stamp assistance. If there's one hard and fast rule about EBT cards, it's that you should NEVER rap about them.