Food Stamp Reform

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Holes in the SNAP
Food Stamps: Why We Need Reform, And How To Do It

Mornings without breakfast transition to nights without dinner, but the situation does not change for America's poor and needy. The face of food insecurity is often invisible. Behind lowered blinds and shut doors, poverty establishes itself in many styles and we attempt to defeat it in numerous ways. Food assistance programs are the primary tool the government uses to alleviate the hunger pangs and empty diets caused by nutrition insecurity. Increased government oversight is generally not helpful, but in the case of America's SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), such government management would probably do good. Right now, there is an array of problems facing
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While such images have some truth to them, they are widely unrepresentative of actual SNAP misuse. No doubt, there is still discrepancy in some places, as in Georgia, where prosecutors busted a small country store at the center of forty-six hundred dollars worth of food stamp fraud (Severson, 2013). That is just one example of the fading but worrying trend of misuse. The government has put many efforts into effect, and these do seem to be partially responsible for the decreasing trend [citation needed]. Arguably, the most important measure taken was the movement from paper food stamps to electronic accounting, known as the Electronic Benefit Transfer, or EBT. Zekeri (2004), in his paper on college students using SNAP, states that “Although the data presented here are limited, one conclusion seems clear: the goals of EBT reducing theft, fraud, and social stigma or embarrassment in the food stamp program are being met.” Just in the period 2002-2005 (EBT was implemented nationwide in September 2004), food stamp fraud was reduced by over 50% from the 1999-2000 period, even as SNAP usage increased [citation needed (FNS)]. Overall, among the most vulnerable members of society SNAP, the National School Lunch Program, and the School Breakfast program, have all been remarkably successful at their core mission: reducing food insecurity among low-income schoolchildren [citation needed]. While fraud
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