Thursday, December 12, 2013

Oh, SNAP: What They Forget to Say About Food Stamp Cuts

At the end of October, supplemental aid to the federal food stamp program — officially called the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP — ran out.

USA Today reported "[v]ulnerable populations will be hardest hit." CNN posted a column by Feeding America's Bob Aiken that warned of the new "strain on millions of families struggling with food insecurity." Currently, there are 47 million Americans receiving SNAP entitlements. There were just over 28 million enrolled in 2008.

What's largely missing from the coverage is why cuts happened in the first place.

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