Welfare Recipients Forced to Sell Food Stamps to Buy Basic Necessities

By Debayani Kar Feb 19, 2010

ARC researcher and ColorLines journalist Seth Wessler joined Luz Santana of Vecinos Unidos on Democracy Now! this morning to discuss how people, especially women and mothers, are making ends meet through the recession. Seth profiled the work and experience of Luz and Vecinos Unidos in his in-depth investigation published Wednesday on ColorLines.com, “Selling Food Stamps for Kids’ Shoes.” Research support was provided by The Investigative Fund at The Nation Institute. Luz is a community organizer in Hartford, CT, which is a de-industrialized city, hit harder by the onset of The Great Recession. While Obama administration officials and mainstream economists are busy talking about a recovery, the people of Hartford continue to live the reality of the recovery that wasn’t. See the rest at Democracy Now! For more on race and recession, read Seth’s piece and watch the LinkTV show “ColorLines: Race and Economic Recovery.”