More Than Half Of U.s. Fast Food Workers On Public Aid, Report Says

Food plaza opens at Mysore railway station

According to a University of California Berkeley Labor Center and University of Illinois study out Tuesday, 52% of families of fast food workers receive assistance from a public program like Medicaid, food stamps, the Earned Income Tax Credit and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families. That’s compared to 25% of families in the workforce as a whole. The report estimated that this public aid carries a $7 billion price tag for taxpayers each year. The numbers are based on publicly available data on public assistance programs from 2007-2011. “Because pay is low and weekly work hours are limited, the families of more than half of the workers in the fast-food industry are unable to make ends meet,” the report said. Related: The real budgets of McDonald’s workers The data supports the claims that hundreds of fast food workers have been making across the country over the last year. Protests from New York City to Los Angeles, Memphis to Detroit have cropped up since last November , with workers calling for a minimum of $15 an hour and the right to organize without retaliation. The common narrative among fast food workers is that their pay is too low , they don’t get scheduled for enough hours and they get no benefits. The new report fuels their fire, finding that only 13% of fast food workers get health benefits from their employers, compared to 59% of the workforce on the whole. It also said that the median worker only works 30 hours per week, compared to 40 for the rest of the workforce. How I live on fast-food wages A separate report out Tuesday slammed fast food giants for pushing their workers onto the public safety net. The National Employment Law Project said that the 10 largest fast food companies in the U.S. were responsible for more than half the total cost to taxpayers — about $3.8 billion a year alone. The report calls out McDonald’s ( MCD , Fortune 500 ), Yum! Brands ( YUM , Fortune 500 ), Subway, Burger King ( BKW ), Wendy’s ( WEN ), Dunkin’ Donuts ( DNKN ), Dairy Queen, Little Caesar’s, Sonic ( SONC ) and Domino’s ( DPZ ).

Growing Strength to Grow Food: Haitian Farmers Win Annual U.S. Food Sovereignty Alliance Prize

Next week, the USFSA is awarding the 5th Annual Food Sovereignty Prize, which recognizes grassroots initiatives that are building solutions to poverty and hunger, and resisting the corporate control of food and trade systems. This year’s winner, the Group of 4 and Dessalines Brigade/Via Campesina from Haiti and South America, and the honorable mentions , stand in sharp contrast to this year’s World Food Prize winners, Monsanto, Syngenta, and the Institute for Plant Biotechnology Outreach (IPBO). *** “Instead of foreigners sending us food, they should give us the chance to do our own agriculture so it can survive.” So said Rony Charles, a rice grower and member of the Agricultural Producer Cooperative of Verrettes, in Haiti. Giving domestic agriculture the chance to survive would address four critical needs: Creating employment for the majority, estimated at 60% to 80% of the population; 1 Allowing rural people to stay on their land. This is both their right as well as a way to keep Port-au-Prince from becoming even more perilously overcrowded; Addressing an ongoing food crisis. Today, even with imports, more than 2.4 million people out of a population of 9 million are estimated to be food-insecure. Acute malnutrition among children under the age 5 is 9%, and chronic under-nutrition for that age group is 24%. 2 Peasant groups are convinced that, with the necessary investment, Haiti could produce at least 80% of its food consumption needs; and Promoting a post-earthquake redevelopment plan that serves the needs of the majority, unlike the one currently promoted by the U.S. and U.N. which is based on the growth of sweatshops. (See ” Poverty-Wage Assembly Plants as Development Strategy in Haiti “.) This year, one of the U.S. Food Sovereignty Alliance prizes goes to Four Focused Eyes (Kat Zye Kontre), a coalition of Haiti’s four largest and strongest peasant organizations, who are addressing these needs head-on. The name comes from an expression pertaining to cheating in Haitian card games, “Four focused eyes, an end to lies,” and refers to the long-term distrust between some of these organizations. Four Focused Eyes includes the country’s two national peasant groups – Tet Kole Ti Peyizan Ayisyen, or Heads Together Small Producers of Haiti, and the National Peasant Movement of the Papay Congress (MPNKP) – plus the two largest regional organizations – the Peasant Movement of Papay (MPP by its Creole acronym) and the Regional Coordination of the Organizations of the South-East (KROS). The coalition is building unity and strength for the common agenda.

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Even those workers who are on a 40-hour-a-week schedule receive benefits; more than half of those families are enrolled in public assistance programs, the report says. Workers in the restaurant and food services industry far surpass workers in other industries for dependence on public assistance. About 44% of workers in the restaurant and food services sector have a family member enrolled in a public assistance program, compared to 35% for agriculture, forestry and fisheries and 30% in the retail trade. The report has implications for national policies as Congress debates a farm bill that would cut back on food stamps, and as Republicans look to winnow down costs by scaling back other public assistance programs. Public assistance programs could be more effective if supplemented by measures that improve workers wages and benefits, the report concludes. The Employment Policies Institute counters that raising the minimum wage would hurt fast food workers because restaurants would replace workers with automated alternatives. It also adds that while the earned income tax credit may be costing the government money, it has proven effective at reducing poverty. A separate report, also out Tuesday, by the National Employment Law Project, calculates how much each restaurants employees are costing the federal government because they receive public assistance to supplement their wages. McDonalds, which has 707,850 employees, costs $1.2 billion; Yum! Brands, which includes Pizza Hut, Taco Bell and KFC, and employs 379,449, costs $648 million. McDonalds CEO Donald Thompson received $14 million in total compensation in 2010, the report points out. Fast food workers have been holding one-day walkouts and strikes for more than a year to call attention to their wages. They want $15 an hour and union representation the federal minimum wage is $7.25 an hour. In their last day of protest, in August, workers in around 50 cities walked off the job.

15, while the error was on the part of Xerox, stores are given procedures to use when theres a glitch with the EBT food stamp system. Walmart didnt follow that procedure, so the bill for the massive amount of groceries that left their two stores with empty shelves, is on them. Xerox is the company that runs the system for the food stamp EBT program, it was their glitch that put this shopping frenzy into motion. So far there’s been no mention that they should be held accountable. It seems the blame is leaning towards Walmart. “Fox and Friends” live on Tuesday morning described the frenzy in the stores and then the aftermath of carriages. The food that Walmart had to throw out after being left in the carriages amounted to a pretty penny on top of this free food bill it looks as if they are stuck with. Walmart must eat all those free groceries they allowed people to purchase. When word got out that the food stamp EBT cards were registering no limits for spending, EBT cardholders flocked to the two stores. Shelves were emptied as chaos ensued. Some folks had as many as 10 carts full of food, report witnesses. This frenzy went on for a couple of hours until the announcement on the stores intercom put a halt to the freebies.

Walmart food stamp free grocery frenzy: Walmart vs. EBT, who pays for glitch?

The 24-hour food plaza will extend the facility to the commuters arriving into Mysore. Travelers, who take long distance trains from Mysore can also place their order and pick up food at Bangalore, an official of the Mysore division of the south Western Railway said. Payment can be made onboard if the food is delivered in the train or can pay at the food plaza, the official said adding that this is possible as the caterer operates a chain of food plazas across major stations in India. Travelers can place order using tool free number 011-41100100. The Mysore division opened the first food plaza in its division, which is spread over 1,700 sqft and can accommodate 120 visitors. The plaza offers north Indian, south Indian, Chinese and Continental cuisines, the divisional senior commercial manager K Anil Kumar said. There are also bakery products, ice cream, fresh fruit juices and some dozen varieties of espresso coffee from multinational outlets and pizzas and burgers. There are also sweets from across India like Agra peta, Nagpur tantra burfi. He said New Delhi-based Sreenathji Caterers, who manage over 40 food plazas across major stations like New Delhi, Howrah, Nagpur, Pune, Mumbai and Bangalore. The group will commission another 15 outlets in the next couple of months including the one at at Davangere in Mysore division. The divisional railway manager Vinod Kumar inaugurated the food plaza. The DRM said the opening of the multi-cuisine food plaza will help thousands of tourists both domestic and international arriving in the city. He asked the caterer to provide quality food and maintain hygiene in the premises.