New Study Finds Food Stamps Help Reduce Poverty

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Finally, there's some good news about food stamps that doesn't have to do with fraud or Octomoms. A new study released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture found that the food-stamp program (SNAP) reduced the poverty rate by 8 percent in 2009.

The Times reports that the recession coincided with an increase in participation in the food-stamp program: Enrollment went up by 45 percent from January 2009 to January 2012. But this year, this increase has lessened slightly, a change that could indicate that the economic recovery was affecting families living below the poverty line, according to Stacy Dean, a researcher of the food-stamp program at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, who was quoted in the Times article. Meanwhile, food stamps are turning out to be useful for more than just feeding families. The Rose Supper Club in Montgomery, Alabama, has started charging a reduced cover of $5 to people who present a food-stamp card at the door, The Daily Caller reports. Fox News has picked up the story -- and things were starting to look up publicity-wise for the government program.


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Mak
Mak

I don't think that anybody should be surprised that the govenment bureaucrats who designed and implemented the program think that it is absolutely terrific.  The better questions, that they didn't attempt to ask or answer, is by how much they have increased the price of agricultural and other food products through the food stamp program, how much extra cash they put in the pocket of big agriculture as a result of the program, and how much misery was caused by it.  There are no doubt better and more efficient ways to alleviate poverty which don't result in the unfair enrichment of industrial agriculture -- but since the USDA is tasked with promoting agriculture before promoting human welfare, and they carry out this job very well. 

EBT Balance
EBT Balance

How does this reduce the poverty line? Don't you have to be in poverty or close to it to receive food stamp benefits? I don't know how receiving tax payers money reduces the poverty line.

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Guest
Guest

And I just conducted a study and have determined that you are, in fact, handed "someone else's money" practically all the time, since money, and, indeed every product of humanity, is intrinsically "someone else's". I also had time to conduct a study that found that had you been born in a state of nature without family or some centralized social organization -- government, say -- you would have died a grisly death. You might begrudge your fellow, who might possibly not have been born with the same host of advantages -- some food stamps.

taxedmore
taxedmore

I just conducted a study.  I found that if I get handed a fist full of somebody else's money every month I will be better off financially.  Wow, I never would have imagined.  I should have done this study long ago.

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