Cut in Food Stamps Forces Hard Choices on Poor
The cut in food stamps this past month is going to go unnoticed by some but it's also going to be a big issue for some people in America. Many are now having to go without fresh fruit and vegetables, some are having to go without snack for their children to take to school, and lastly, some are having to cut back on the amount of milk they buy for the household. With these people not having the amount of food they need to make it from one week to the next. they are having to result to food pantries by the end of the month, some are having to result to that within two weeks. The reduction has affected over 47 million people. Many people are having to cut meat out of their diets because they are the highest thing and not affordable for some people who are trying to make their food stamps last them all month. Christopher Bean, who is the executive director of a Bronx food pantry, stated that 60 new families visited the pantry in the past week because they have clearly been affected by this situation; their food stamps have been cut. As stated in the article, "In 2009, people started getting as much as 13.6 percent more in food stamps as part of the federal economic stimulus package, but that increase has expired. The reduction will save the government about $5 billion next year."
It is very clear that the action taken are going to be very beneficial to the United States, but what about the young children that parents can't afford to feed. In 2012 the food stamp program cost 78.4 billion dollars to the U.S. To conclude, more and more people are going to be filing papers for foods stamps because the economy is so bad. The more people that receive benefits, the smaller amount people will receive.
November 8, 2013