Is It Time to Lick the Food Stamp Program?

The federal Food Stamps Program (FSP), now known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), celebrated its 59th anniversary this September.  Last year, more than 42 million Americans received SNAP benefits, which cost taxpayers more than $68 billion, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. So, as the U.S. economy is booming and unemployment has reached all-time lows, is it time to stop the food stamp stampede? SNAP, originally launched as a series of pilot programs during the Great Depression, was resurrected from the legislative graveyard in 1959.  President John F. Kennedy's first executive order, issued in 1961, mandated the re-establishment of food stamp pilot programs across the United States.  Three years later, President Lyndon B. Johnson launched his "War on Poverty" and signed the Food Stamp Act of 1964, which allocated $75 million in food stamps to 350,000 Americans. Ever since LBJ's declaration...(Read Full Article)

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