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3/31/2012 9:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0330-nadya-suleman-Welfaretmz-exOctomom is doing what she swore she would never do -- go on welfare ... TMZ has learned.

The mother of 14 is getting $2,000 a month from the State of California. The money is deposited directly into a special debit card account (see above). The card can ONLY be used for food -- and it's closely monitored by the State to make sure the cardholder isn't making illegal purchases -- i.e., buying a bike at Costco.

It's a cruel twist, for a woman who vowed in 2010 -- a year after giving birth to octuplets -- she would NEVER go on welfare, saying she refused to become "a self-fulfilling prophecy" by accepting government assistance.

Octo qualified for the card because her income is less than $119,000 a year ... and a family of 15 that makes less than that amount is entitled to welfare benefits

In case you're wondering, the $119,000 figure is based on an average of just under $8,000 for each member of the household. The more kids, the more you can make and still receive welfare.

We’re told the cash-strapped mom has taken her children out of private school, except for her one son who has autism, saving her $4,000 a month. And as we first reported, she's even posing topless to make ends meet. But it just wasn't enough.

It's a sad story, but one we saw coming from a mile away.


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Moron who could have care less about the long term consequences of her decisions. She is a loon who belongs in loonsville, California.

915 days ago


I definitely see a porno in her future: COCTO-MOM!

915 days ago


So why doesn't some big-mouth Hollywood philanthropist help her? It's the kids who are are risk, and no one in California will step up to help even though they'll go to Haiti or some other country to show how much they care. Hello, Sean Penn..George Clooney...someone. You don't have to agree with what the mom did to know that the kids need help!!

915 days ago


Leave her alone already!!!!!

915 days ago


The welfare bludgers that make up most of the State of California are turning me into a Republican.

915 days ago

Curious Skor    

I'm not sure how it works in California, but here there is a HUGE difference between "welfare" and "food stamps". "Welfare"(known by many different names in states) is a debit card that can be used for stuff like diapers, tp, dish soap and can even get cash off the card. Food Stamps (EBT, SNAP etc) is a debit like card that can ONLY be used for food.

915 days ago


It is long past time for California Child Protective Services or whatever they call them in California to step in and take custody. This POS redifines "UNFIT MOTHER" plus she is obviously very mentally ill.

915 days ago

kade madison    

So she gets food stamps. Not welfare. Welfare would be her receiving cash assistance. As far as you saying the card is highly monitored so she doesn't buy a bike at Costco is quite far-fetched. Food stamp cards can only be used for food and anything that is not covered by the card must be paid for by cash, check, or credit.

915 days ago


FYI everyone, octomom is receiving Calfresh benefits, formerly known as the Food Stamps program, funded by the Department of Agriculture, not federal money. This program benefits the children, so that they may get the the right nutrition making them healthier. Everyone should put the mistakes that the octomom has done behind. Yes, she made a huge mistake by bearing those many children, but the bottom line is that these children are here, and they should not be punished for their mother's mistakes. So before being judgmental, think of those innocent children, and their well being. And before everyone judges me, I'm not a recipient, I issue these benefits, and if I someday become a recipient I wouldn't be ashamed.

915 days ago


That trashy b*tch has been a scammer for a long time. From disability pay for an injury (wasn't it a bad back which didn't stop her from carrying 8 kids!), to expensive hospital delivery, to nannies at home (who paid for that? not her,) to food stamps, to enabler parents, to hawking for donations from fools, to star f*cker Dr Drew "helping" her - this is her what she is. This is not her first waltz with welfare. She's despicable.

915 days ago


Sandy: 5 hours ago

TMZ are disgusting, think I'm going to stop coming here reading their BS upload.

You promise you're really going to stop coming to TMZ, Sandy??

915 days ago


The woman is mentally ill. She already had 6 kids before the octuplets, which is 4 or 5 more than a single parent really should be having. Who in their right mind would decide that 6 kids are not enough? Earth to Nadya, the world is overpopulated. Supposedly educated people like yourself should know better. Our earth (and government) cannot support nut jobs like YOU. I feel bad for her poor kids (and I don't even have or like kids).

915 days ago


if she really cared about her kids she would make pornos to put food on the table

915 days ago


It annoys me that the public has to pay for her stupidity. Stop treating her like a celebrity.

915 days ago


question: I see people with food stamp cards at grocery store buying expensive steak, etc. can they do that on the program??

915 days ago
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