November 28, 2013
Today, many in the U.S. are either sitting down to eat or preparing for their Thanksgiving meal. Many today are hungry in this nation. The U.S. is a nation of abundance as much as a nation in need. The middle is shrinking as more become working stretched and challenged. In the light of the current news on Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, (SNAP) previously recognized under the loosely used Food Stamp Program there are big changes to address.
SNAP under the USDA‘s Food and Nutrition Program provided support to millions of Americans. The USDA states, “SNAP offers nutrition assistance to millions of eligible, low-income individuals and families and provides economic benefits to communities. SNAP is the largest program in the domestic hunger safety net. The Food and Nutrition Service works with State agencies, nutrition educators, and neighborhood and faith-based organizations to ensure that those eligible for nutrition assistance can make informed decisions about applying for the program and can access benefits.”
The bill to cut the overall service allotment has been finalized. Recipients previously received $1.50 per person per meal and now one person is to receive $1.40 per person per meal. Imagine 47 million Americans eating and living with a family at this spending rate as food prices rise and discussion of eating non-healthy foods proves to be a health crisis. The disconnect proves fatal as many of these 47 million are youth who are growing up not as healthy as their previous generation.
The data reveals that 47.6 million are in the program which is shy of the true number which shows that only 67 percent of those qualified take part.
SNAP has defenders and detractors yet, no matter your side of the aisle the fate of Americans are dependent on this program for sustenance. The Wall Street Journal reported in September, “Defenders of the program typically argue that enrollment rose because we had a horrific recession and unemployment hit the stratosphere. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is supposed to kick in to help families hit by economic distress. The program has kept 4.7 million people out of poverty. There’s no problem here. And so on. Some conservatives, meanwhile, have emphasized that a big chunk of the increase is due to policy changes by Washington. In 2008, Congress allowed states to relax their standards for who could join the program. (Jobless adults could stay in the program if they lived in high-unemployment areas, for instance.)”
Today, it is important to make note of this decline in food subsidies as the price of food increases and quantity size of food diminishes. The impact is what I state is in the nexuses of sustainability. The outcome of under nourished youth who are then by age of 17-18 expected to become members of the workforce is a dichotomy and possibly a statistic that cannot be ignored and/or repaired in this age of intelligence.
Related articles on SNAP
- Preventable Hunger in Our Land of Plenty (huffingtonpost.com)
- Food pantries, soup kitchens brace for more needy families (suntimes.com)
- Obama not telling the truth about SNAP? Surely you can’t be serious (watchdog.org)