One In Seven Americans Use Food Stamps
The Ryan Budget has proposed replacing food stamps with block grants for each state, but how pervasive are food stamps really, and how many people actually rely on them?
Nearly one in every seven people in the country.
Via The Wall Street Journal:
Growth in the food stamp program appeared to reach a plateau in February — with 14.3% of the population relying on the safety net program.
The number of food stamp recipients was essentially flat in February, the most recent month available, with 44.2 million Americans receiving benefits, according a new report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
In some states that have been hammered by the economy, especially in the South, the number is even more dramatic, rising to one in five.
A majority of foodstamp users are families, especially families with younger children, for whom other programs like subsidized school meals can only go so far. Without food stamps, school meals may be their sole source of regular food.
Changing foodstamps into a block grant that the states can potentially reassign could remove the last semblance of a safety net for these families, 40 million low income families a month, 75 percent of whom have children.
Are we really willing to let so many people go hungry in America so millionaires can keep their tax breaks?