The Snap ( Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program ) And Wic ( Women, Infants, Children ) Programs

864 Words Oct 22nd, 2015 4 Pages
The SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) and WIC (Women, Infants, Children) programs both have similar jobs. Both programs attempt to help feed struggling families. In the past SNAP allowed members to purchase food staples and prepackaged food, but a recent bill is being made in order to address these rules. These changes will deactivate members’ abilities to purchase prepackaged food, and has limited them to purchase only food staples. These food staples included foods such as rice, bread, fruits, etc. While the desired new rules for SNAP are similar to the current rules of WIC, the bill will also attempt to allow members of WIC to purchase white potatoes in addition to their food staples. Multiple commodities’ economic standing will experience larger impacts on supply and demand from this proposed bill’s changes and implications. As SNAP shifts to strictly staple foods, the economic impacts will implement changes on the supply and demand of rice. In the short run the price of rice will rise and the demand curve of rice will shift outward. This effect will take place because of SNAP’s proposed limitations. If the members of SNAP are limited to only food staples they will find themselves demanding more rice than before. This shift will cause an upward movement along the supply curve. There will be an increase in the quantity of rice supplied in the long run because the demand will have grown from the limitations placed on SNAP consumers that suppliers will have…
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