19 Jul '11, 8pm

Our economy is hungry for food stamps

Our economy is hungry for food stamps

Do it for the economy. Photo: e20ci With House Republicans voting to decimate the USDA's various food programs by cutting over $2 billion, along comes The Economist with an excellent reminder of the effectiveness and scope of America's main anti-hunger program: food stamps. The piece stands as a bracing antidote to a favorite recent contrarian subject -- "young hipsters" taking advantage of a program for the poor . As The Economist observes: It is also hard to argue that food-stamp recipients are undeserving. About half of them are children, and another 8% are elderly. Only 14% of food-stamp households have incomes above the poverty line; 41% have incomes of half that level or less, and 18% have no income at all. The average participating family has only $101 in savings or valuables. Less than a tenth of recipients also receive cash payments from the Temporary Assistance f...

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