Food Stamps Enjoy A Resurgence Of Popular Support

Feb 11, 10 Food Stamps Enjoy A Resurgence Of Popular Support
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The New York Times online has a very interesting article about how the stigma around food stamps is slowly eroding.  Over the last two decades, food stamps programs began to viewed negatively as welfare programs for undeserving Americans intent on gaming the system.

However, according to the Times article, with record unemployment rates, food stamps are now viewed as an integral part of the social safety net.  One in eight Americans are currently on a food assistance program.  After these programs were demonized during the 1980s and scaled back under President Clinton’s administration (which may have pushed one million children into poverty), the scales are finally being brought back into balance.

Now, 38 million Americans receive food aid and some of the harshest critics have quietly become supporters.  It is quite heartening to see these programs making a positive impact in the lives of so many of our fellow citizens.

The shame that comes with receiving government aid is still hard for many people to overcome, but it is during times such as these that demonstrate the strength of our institutions and our commitment to each other.  I wish the newfound success of these programs was being more widely broadcast.  If you or someone you know is having a tough time right now, inform them that have options that will assist them during this difficult period.

Learn more about food stamp programs, which have been rebranded as S.N.A.P. (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program).

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