Food Stamps

Contest Info

  • Started: 8/5/2010 11:15
  • Ended: 8/8/2010 17:00
  • Level: advanced
  • Entries: 14
  • Jackpot:
  • FN Advanced 1st Place $5
  • FN Advanced 2nd Place $3
  • FN Advanced 3rd Place $2
  • FN Advanced 4th Place $1
Food Stamps
Contest Directions: US Citizens depending on the government to pay for their food is at an all-time high. The White House now estimates that an average of 40.5 million people, which more than an eighth of the population, will get food stamps each month. Don't expect a reversal anytime soon as the figure is projected to rise to 43.3 million in 2011, reports the Boston Globe.
Design new food stamps/coupons which may cheer up or upset the people who use them.

Contest Info

    • Started: 8/5/2010 11:15
    • Ended: 8/8/2010 17:00
    • Level: advanced
    • Entries: 14
    • Jackpot:
    • FN Advanced 1st Place $5
    • FN Advanced 2nd Place $3
    • FN Advanced 3rd Place $2
    • FN Advanced 4th Place $1
14 pictures
  • Homer Simpson Beer Stamps

    Homer Simpson Beer Stamps
        • Awesome chop hidden, Can you show us the sources? Thanks and good luck!!
        • Thanks for the sources. Excellant use of them!
        • Quality work all around.

          LOL "Value 1 Quart"!
        • Threw me off with this one Rainman, never would have known it was you. Definately the best of the bunch! Congrats
        • fixed the spelling error-always detail-oriented. Congratulations.
        • i knew it's would get gold !! congrats on it teacher , awesome chop as always
        • Thanks all Yeah Geriatric, misspelled on the other pic too, lol
  • China Rice Food Stamps

    China Rice Food Stamps
        • hahaha freaking amazing work !! i love it alot
        • The coupon is gleat! Mole lice prease!

          Love the grasses too!
        • Nice job Rainman, congrats on the silver
        • Once again, one heck of a good job as always. CONGRATS!
        • congrats again on this one too keep going teacher
        • and congrats on this too mate. love the textures
  • Gluttony Bucks Food Stamps

    Gluttony Bucks Food Stamps
        • Bummer-you grabbed my Fat Man and the Super-Burger Deluxe pics. Great job!
        • You mean this isn't real? A USDA 'Happy Meal'.
        • The more I look at this chop the more hungry I get and the more this man reminds me some kind of predator!!!

          Quality stuff. LOL "Good for 5000 calories"!
        • Congrats RW, nice modernization of that old stamp
        • that's cool work pike congrats on the bronze
        • congrats rw mate. lovein it. the "FATA55" code was a nice touch lol
        • hahaha, ew that fat dude..hahaha congrats it
  • American Gothic Food Bank Debit Card

    American Gothic Food Bank Debit Card
        • lol...very well done. These two keep turning up like a bad penny.
        • The return of the great couple! they fit this card perfectly!
        • Nice job GarRobMil, congrats on the wood
        • Congrats GarRobMil, nice job Technically they all should of been cards, since I think they stopped printing them awhile ago.

          [Edited by User on 8/9/2010 3:09:48 AM]
        • nice one garRobMil . congrats on the woody and keep going
  • Breadline Bucks

    Breadline Bucks
        • Like this a lot...but wish the inset were 'antiqued' or better yet show a line of volvos at the local food bank. (A while back in Denver the yuppies in Cherry Creek got their foodbank stuff sent to their homes.(true, during the dot com fiasco) Why, because it would damage their image and chances at getting hired for uber-yuppy jobs.
        • I love the vintage angle you took. Pro work
  • Food Stamp Stamp

    Food Stamp Stamp
        • Hahaha, this is one of the best make-yourself-kits I've seen!

          LOL "Tell them Billy Mays sent you!"
  • USA Loser Dollar Food Stamp

    USA Loser Dollar Food Stamp
        • Love the blending and the wording on the stamp is hilarious (and listen Fatty...).

          L.0005ER is also a clever detail
        • Love this one john1, great job. You should have had my trophy in my opinion.
        • thanks everyone rw mate yours is well worth your trophy. loads of great chops in this comp
  • Pharaoh Barack Obama Food Stamp ID Card

    Pharaoh Barack Obama Food Stamp ID Card
  • Food Bank Card

    Food Bank Card
  • McDonalds Food Coupons

    McDonalds Food Coupons
        • Hahaha, so freaking good remake for McDonalds! The families need more fast food now!
  • Dood Stamp on Mail

    Dood Stamp on Mail
        • Decent concept!
          LOL Remember each time you lick a food stamp you make a hungry child happy!
  • Food Benefits Card

    Food Benefits Card
  • eBay Food Stamps

    eBay Food Stamps
        • The idea is freaking hilarious!
          Going, going,.. SOLD to the fat man bidding!
  • The Five Dollar Food Coupon

    The Five Dollar Food Coupon
        • Banana republic!
          The concept has a merit. Masking needs more work though
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This contest is fueled by the following news: The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, known as the program to issue food stamps / coupons is a federal program to help unemployed and low-income citizens in USA. The US Ministry for Agriculture monitors the program. Presently, the major portion is distributed with the help of plastic cards; however, paper coupons with denominations of 1, 5 and 10 US dollars were earlier used for this purpose. Specified food stamps could be used for buying any products in shops (for example, it was possible to buy soft drinks or confectionery). In the late 1990s, paper coupons were replaced by debit plastic cards called special EBT systems and due to this, the mention of food stamps disappeared from the program name in 2008. As of March 2009, food stamp aid was received by 33.2 million citizens the highest number from the time of initiating the program. The average monthly grant per citizen constituted $113.87 USD. To receive household food stamp aid, it is necessary to conform to specific criteria, first of all, with respect to income. History: US Secretary for Agriculture Henry Agard Wallace and the first program administrator Milo Perkins were instrumental in chalking out the first Food Stamp Program. Here is what Mr. Perkins had to say about the necessity of upholding the program: "The country is divided by gorge. Farmers with surplus products are on one side of it and on the other side the underfed urban population with stretched out hands. We should construct a bridge over this chasm." The following principle is the basis of the food stamp program: citizens, receiving welfare payments and buying edible products on it, received an additional 50 % subsidy from the state, which in turn, could be used for buying additional food products. Orange and blue colored paper food coupons were used for the program. Commencement of the program - May 16, 1939, total number of aid recipients - 20 million, maximum number of recipients who received subsidy - 4 million, total cost of the program - $262 million. The program was curtailed in the spring of 1943 when the situation in the country stabilized. After curtailing the food stamp program, discussions continued in the Senate for a long period about the necessity of its resumption and the program was recommenced in pilot mode on May 29, 1961. From 1964, the food stamp program received constant status and from 1974 national status. Program conditions changed and most significant changes were incorporated in 1977, 1993, 1996 & 2002. Program criticism: The main objective of the food stamp program of the discounted purchase of products is to improve the nourishment quality amongst low-income citizens. However, as practice has shown, the families receiving food coupons did not buy food products - the majority of the households, which saved money due to the exchange of coupons, spent the saved money on other things. Corruption and cheating cases were unearthed as in any gratuitous money distribution system. The citizens, participating in the food stamp program, started hiding their additional income in order to receive state aid as usual. Despite a ban on exchange of food coupons for cash, coupon recipients often entered into an arrangement with sellers and sold them the coupons at a discounted price, for example a $400 coupon was sold for $200. It is aprofitable even for the recipients of coupons he gets ready cash instead of products and the seller receives full cost of the coupon as compensation from the budget. Every ninth American uses food coupons. In March, due to the recession, 591 000 more citizens were compelled to use the benefits within the frameworks of the federal program of additional food grants. The Food Stamp Program, worked-out in 1960s, aimed to improve nourishment and increase the purchasing capacity of low-income families with respect to groceries. Coupons can be used only for payment towards products, drinks, seeds and plants for food crops. Food Stamps cannot be used for purchasing alcohol, tobacco products, pet food, soaps, tooth-paste, toilet paper, un-prescribed (OTC) medicines and other non-food items irrespective of necessity. In March, the total number of program participants increased by 2 % and stood at 33.2 million. The average monthly grant is $113.87 per person. In comparison with July 2000, when the number of participants on the program was at a minimum for the last decade (16.8 million), the figure was doubled. Since last autumn, the recession took place in the American economy and employment opportunities were reduced by 6 million from the beginning of 2008. In 1999, plastic cards were used instead of paper food coupons. Every month, transfer onto the card is done automatically. Calculation is done with the help of reader like in the case of bank cards. Issue of plastic cards is not only applicable to those who are living in extreme poverty. The program is also available for those whose incomes slightly exceed the bottom line of the official cost of living, defining the poverty level. For the 48 continental states and the Columbia district, the poverty level for households consisting of 4 members was $22050 income per annum in 2009. Similar figures for Alaska - $27570 and Hawaii - $25360. From April, the grant amount was increased thanks to measures taken by Congress to boost the American economy. So a family consisting of 4 members can now receive $80 more. According the data from the Food Research and Action Center, every eighth citizen is a welfare recipient. To be eligible for the food card it is necessary to adhere to some conditions, including financial and non-financial parameters. Cumulative income of a household should be less than 130% from the bottom line of the cost of living, defining the poverty level, net income - below 100% except for households with elderly and disabled persons. The value of accounted property (for example, cheque and savings accounts, cash, shares and bonds) should not exceed $2000.