Rob Undersander and his wife, of Waite Park, Minnesota, collected roughly $6,000 in food stamp benefits despite having assets that categorized them as millionaires. They did it to prove a point: not everyone receiving food stamps should be.
Rob Undersander recently testified before a Minnesota House committee on behalf of Rep. Jeff Howe of Rockville, who introduced a bill to change the state’s eligibility process.
“I have obviously gotten your attention,” Undersander said during his testimony.
The Undersanders purposefully applied for and received food stamps for 19 months to determine if anyone who does not need the aid could still receive it. They participated in the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program program legally, submitting all of the requested documents, which evidenced that they had little income and qualified for benefits.
In his testimony, Undersander pointed out that the value of his assets make him and his wife millionaires, but these assets are not criteria the federal program uses to determine eligibility. The only requirement is proof of income or lack thereof. While he and his wife received $300 a month in food stamps, Undersander pointed out that people in his same neighborhood who he argued “really needed food stamps” only received roughly $14 worth.
hat-tip Stephen Harper