29 Nov '14, 12pm
Less food stamps = more hunger. Duh!
How do you eliminate hunger and poverty? I’ve been writing a long, in-depth series about that, but there’s also a short, simple answer: Give people enough money to feed themselves. This isn’t just liberal ideology — there are people across the political spectrum who argue for providing some kind of basic income . (Dylan Matthews explains this in a charming two-minute video on Vox .) In the U.S. we have a stripped-down version of this idea: We provide food stamps (though they aren’t actually stamps anymore) to keep people from starving. The flip side is that, when we provide less food assistance, more people go hungry. That’s exactly what’s happening right now. Last November, people flooded into food pantries after cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. A year later, the Food Bank for New York City wanted to see if the situation had changed . Did cutting SNA...