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The US is one of the richest countries in the world. Although we are one of the richest countries we seem to still have millions of individuals and families that starve daily. According to the he U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) "includes among its goals to increase food security and reduce hunger by increasing access to food, a healthful diet, and nutrition education for low-income Americans." (Caswell, 2003) Now that the program has been around for many years we need to ask ourselves how effective it is. Does it really help the people it is targeted to help? Is the mission of the policy being carried out? This case study will go in depth and look at the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) to analyze its effectiveness. The Mayer’s Policy Analysis Model will be used to help guide with the process of analyzing the policy.
In 1933, in the midst of the Great Depression, prices for crops fell drastically and farms across America were struggling to deal with the mass excess supply. As a result the government passed and put in place the Agricultural Adjustment Act (AAA). The program was also referred to as the Federal Surplus Relief Corporation, it helped to support farmers, because the Federal government bought basic farm commodities at discount prices and distributed them among hunger relief agencies in states and local communities. To continue this food distribution and to avoid duplicating efforts by local relief agencies, the Food Stamp Program in the

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