Hungry Americans and SNAP (FoodStamps)

1 in 8 Americans use SNAP. 1 in 4 children use this program. We seem to be using this program more and more each year. I thought that I would share the following items with you:

Food Stamps and American Hunger

Food Stamp Use Soars, Stigma Fades/A Program Once Scorned

What are your thoughts on these things?

In my area, it is cheaper to purchase highly processed foods that fresh produce, and our food cupboards’ ‘fresh’ produce is not so fresh. When the produce is not so fresh, it has less (if any) nutrients left in it. It should also be noted that, with all of the chemical use, regular food is not really healthy. Organic foods are far healthier, giving the customer many more nutrients and safer food. How does a family of two make this system work on $214.00 a month in SNAP Benefits, and no other money left for food?

Shannon

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6 thoughts on “Hungry Americans and SNAP (FoodStamps)

  1. Foremost, let me commend your uncloudedness on this subject. I am not an expert on this theme, but after reading your article, my understanding has developed well. Please allow me to catch your rss feed to stay in touch with any future updates. Wholesome job and will extend it on to acquaintances and my readers.

    1. Hello Stephanie,
      I generally do not push people in the direction of foodstamps or other government programs unless it is absolutely necessary. It is too hard to crawl out of that place, and a very stressful kind of life to live. If you can earn money another way, that is great. That said, people need to eat. If food cupboards and your income cannot cover food costs for you, them the foodstamp program can be useful. Go to your local dept. of health and human services, social services or whatever it is called in your area. You will need income proof, birth certificates, social security numbers, etc. I would call first and find out what they will require. Your town or city hall will be able to tell you where to go for this, contact their welfare department to ask.

      I hope this is helpful, and I wish you the best of luck. There will be more articles posted here over the next couple of months. I also suggest that you visit the Frugal Recipes blog at http://frugalrecipes.wordpress.com. There is a link to it in the side bar. If you have any questions or concerns, you can post here or on the other blog (if it pertains to food) or email me at shannonlbuck@gmail.com.

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