Food Stamp Program Essay

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The Food Stamp Program, recently renamed Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, has been helping serve the citizens of America since 1939. This program focuses on providing food at a discounted price to those who qualify. The past has helped shaped and grow this government program, however, it has also had to adjust and change due to new demands and the changing demographics of the population. SNAP has allowed Americans to provide themselves and their families with nutritious meals at a discounted price. However, if the newly proposed restrictions are implemented there would be fewer options available and limit the recipient’s purchasing power.
The Food Stamp Program first began seventy-eight years ago, by Security of Agriculture, Henry
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Three main legislative pieces were introduced to help address the issues of where the money to fund the program would come from, how the program would be administered and the complete process of certification. On July 1, 1994, the FSP program began operating nationwide. The longer the bill was enacted the more problems came up that needed to be addressed. In 1977, both the republicans and democrats provided main targets that each party wanted to be addressed. Thus, the new Food Stamp Act of 1977 revised the primary act in the following ways: established statutory income eligibility guidelines at the poverty line, penalized households whose heads voluntarily quit jobs, eliminated the requirement that households must have cooking facilities (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP): A Short History of SNAP). With increasing enrollment, there became a need to re-adjust, cut backs were issued throughout the program and the structuring of some elements of the bill had to change in order to cut cost. Over the next few years, the program grew in the number of recipients and in its area of coverage. The FSP begin offering relief for disaster victims and extending coverage of children and those with disabilities. “By August 2008, participation had reached an all-time (non-disaster) high of 29 million people per month” (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP): A Short History of
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