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High Point Enterprise, The (Newspaper) - September 5, 1976, High Point, North CarolinaHigh Point Enterprise sunday september 5, 1976 17b food Stamps important part of life in puerto Rico by Cynthia vice Acosta asocial de Preis writer san Juan puerto Rico a . Food Stamps help to feed More than half of puerto Rico s 2.7 million people and the Island s Economy has come to depend on the Federal program. The food Stamps have be come so important that they Are counterfeited used illegally As Cash used to Gamble and even used to Purchase narcotics says Vic Tor Gonzalez head of the . Secret service Here. Gov. Rafael Hernandez Colon believes that if the two year old food stamp program were eliminated it would bankrupt the his press Secre tary says. And his political opponents agree. Despite this Island Commonwealth s Small population the . Government spends More on food Stamps Here than it does for any state in the Union. The Federal outlay in the 12 month period ending june 30 was million compared with million for califor Nia the leading recipient of Federal food Stamps among the states. California has 21 million people but Only on food Stamps a Shade More than puerto Rico s recipients. The Federal Cost in puerto Rico nevertheless is much greater than in California for three principal reasons Large families High unemployment and Low in come for those with jobs. That makes Many families Here eligible for food Stamps free while Many California families Are required to pay a percentage of their food stamp costs because they Are better off economically. Los As the Stamps Are called has made possible a More nutritious diet for Many puerto Picans but there have been abuses. The general accounting of fice the investigative of Congress is to begin an investigation of these abuses this month. In july the . Justice department indicted 11 per sons on charges of violating the Federal food stamp act. In a parallel action the licenses of 100 stores were suspended for such things As discounting food Stamps for Cash and permitting liquor detergents bleaches and other non food items to be purchased with food Stamps. Porto Garcia Quiles for example was accused of exchanging Worth of food Stamps for in Cash. He has a meat Market in Ponce. Mary Arana Ayala a beautician allegedly charged in food Stamps to Wash and set a customer s hair. Puerto rican police say that in food Stamps were recovered during a drug raid in Mayaguez last year. A raid on a betting parlor in the same town brought in in Stamps brought in in Stamps. The eating habits of puerto Picans weren t studied before the food stamp program began in 1974. They re being studied now and the Island s department of social services estimates that food purchases have in creased 25 per cent in the last two years particularly purchases of Dairy products meat fresh fruits and vegetables. My two sons used to go to bed hungry before i got the Stamps because f simply did t have anything to give them to says Carmen Canales who supports herself and her boys with monthly in food stamp and an occasional Alimony Check. They eat meat now almost every mrs. Canales 34, explained that she pays no rent for the four room wooden Shack she us of 01176 or Fulgim syn attn lie Utt inherited from her Mother. It s on a dirt Road near the municipal garbage dump Only a few Miles from san Juan s luxury hotels and tourist beaches. The very poor like mrs. Ca Nales Aren t the Only beneficiaries of food Stamps on an Island with 21 per cent unemployment and a per capita annual income of Only f it s in the those in the Middle class say their diets have improved too although sometimes the Stamps Are too costly. Edelmira Ramos who owns a Home and earns a week As a teletype operator says that when her three children look into the empty refrigerator before payday they Tell me to go Back on the but she can t. She says she s no longer a food stamp recipient because she can t afford to pay the a month required for people of her income and family size to obtain Worth of Stamps. She used to pay we Don t eat the Way we used she says. We would eat better food less puerto Rico is eligible for the Federal food stamp program under its Commonwealth status which makes the Island More than a Colony but less than a state puerto Picans for example Are . Citizens with . Currency but they Don t pay . Income taxes or vote in National elections they Are eligible for various Federal programs but their representative to Congress can t vote they have their own Independent court system but also x Federal courts there has always been an economic problem. Unemployment has been above 10 per cent for years even during the heyday of operation Bootstrap which lured . Businesses to puerto Rico in Large numbers in the 50s and 60s. It Rose several percentage Points during the recession which Hurt Bootstrap fac tories producing consumer products for the states. A committee of the puerto Rico legislature trying to solve some of the Island s economic woes held Public hearings earlier this year and was told by dozens of poor people that food Stamps were needed to survive. One was mrs. Hilda Sepulvda who said she receives monthly from welfare and in food Stamps to sup port her three children. She asked the government for a bed and a stove. She said the government should permit food stamp purchases of other things besides food. Food Stamps have become so much a part of the puerto rican fabric that they re constantly mentioned by comedians disc jockeys and on television. 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