Recent Trends in the Food Stamp Program

Testimony

Recent Trends in the Food Stamp Program

Testimony before the House Committee on the Budget Task Force on Welfare
July 19, 2000

Abstract

The Food Stamp Program, a cornerstone of income security policy in the US since 1961, was designed to ensure that all Americans have enough to eat. Yet the program is falling farther and farther short of this mission. Many families are leaving the food stamp program even though many report difficulties paying for food and are eligible to receive benefits.

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