With digital technology being used for all manner of
government distributions, it’s difficult to overtly distinguish between
the severity of the Great Depression of the 1930′s and today’s
But just because we don’t see thousands of
hungry people lined up for hours at a time at their local soup kitchen today
doesn’t mean the lines don’t exist.
Today bread lines have been removed with the help of
technology; EBT cards are filled with Government money for Food Stamp
participants to purchase food at local retailers.
If all EBT recipients shopped at only Walmart Super Centers for ALL their SNAP benefits, then
this is how the Bread Line would look each month– 14,588 people.
There are 3051 Walmart Super Centers in USA and 44,510,598 participants in SNAP (2011), making the average
SNAP line at each Walmart at 14,588 people.
The Modern Era’s Bread Lines are not visible
because the business is handled discreetly through EBT Cards
The line at a single Walmart,
if we include both adults and children receiving SNAP benefits, would be over
7 miles long!
The following info-graphic provides some additional
facts and visuals.