Posts tagged “SNAP”
July 9, 2013
On June 28, billmoyers.com featured an adaptation from Joel Berg’s book All You Can Eat: How Hungry is America? In this article, published in the website’s “Perspectives” section, Berg walks his readers through a condensed and accessible history of how food aid has been tied to farm aid dating back to the Great Depression.
Berg notes that in the present moment House Republicans are pushing to separate SNAP from the Farm Bill (two systems that have worked in tangent for decades) in order to make it easier to make cuts.
Berg disagrees with this potential move, and argues instead that farm bills should be considered food bills, with SNAP a continuing part of them. “Food producers and consumers are mutually dependent upon each other,” he says. “When so many Americans are low-income and hungry or food insecure, that limits the amount of money they can spend on food, thus limiting income for food producers.
June 24, 2013
On Thursday, the House of Representatives rejected the farm bill 195 to 234. The bill, backed by the Republican party, called for a 20.5 billion dollar cut in food stamp programs such as SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), which would have left 2 million men, women, and children without assistance.
The bill also included controversial amendments, calling for states to authorize drug testing for anyone applying for food stamp programs, as well as an amendment banning those convicted of violent rape, murder, or pedophilia from being eligible to receive aid. What these amendments ignore are the families, especially the children, who are effected by these exclusions and left without food in their stomachs. Denying families food stamps and barring them from programs such as SNAP also limits what other assistance programs they may qualify for, including free or reduced lunch in public schools. Despite the fact that there is no evidence to show criminals or drug users are more likely to use food stamps than non-criminals and non-drug users, there is a constant effort by the supporters of these major cuts to equate criminality with the need for food stamps, ignoring the rest of the population who work full time—or more— and are unable to provide food for their families.