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Monday, September 9, 2013

Why Is One-Sixth of U.S. on Food Stamps?

One of the largest social safety net programs in the United States, food stamps – formally known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP – expanded substantially during and after the recession, with enrollment rising about 70% from 2007 to 2011. At the same time, the government also temporarily increased benefits and allowed users in the hardest-hit areas to receive aid for longer-than-usual periods of time. The average monthly benefit was $133 last year.

Critics clamor against what they see as a disturbing rise in government dependency. But new economic research suggests the program’s expansion isn’t alarming and can, in fact, be explained by business cycles.   - WSJ

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The squeeze: House GOP might double food stamp cuts

SNAP cuts will stretch communities and challenge assumptions


Cuts to food stamps will hurt the poorest | The Columbus Dispatch
On Nov. 1, there will be a 13 percent cut in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, also known as food stamps.
The decrease will mean a loss of $29 per month for a family of three, according to an Aug. 7 Columbus Dispatch article. According to the article, this will leave them each with less than $1.40 per meal. Try surviving on that. In addition, this decrease will put added stress on food pantries and food banks, which already cannot keep up with demand.
Kasich wants able-bodied adults to work for food stamps | The Columbus Dispatch
Gov. John Kasich’s administration will limit food stamps for more than 130,000 adults in all but a few economically depressed areas starting Jan. 1.
To qualify for benefits, able-bodied adults without children will be required to spend at least 20 hours a week working, training for a job, volunteering or performing a similar type of activity unless they live in one of 16 counties exempt because of high unemployment. The requirements begin next month; however, those failing to meet them would not lose benefits until Jan. 1.
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), or food stamps


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