Food Stamps, also known as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is designed to provide Americans with the ability to receive basic nutrition when they are unable to provide for themselves. However, with the significant changes in policy since the past decade, recipients are now subjected to tests and income assessments before they can claim their eligibility for the program.
Households that use SNAP are usually a group of people living under one roof and buy food for their indoor and outdoor meal planning. The given estimate of the costs varies every year to keep up with food prices, so families will still be able to prepare nutritious low-cost meals.
Here are seven commonly ignored facts about food stamps in the U.S.
Fact #1: The Growth in Food Stamps is due to the Economy’s Recession
The growth in food stamps has doubled since 2007. Much of the increase in food stamps is due to the recession. However, the program has gradually climbed its way up since the beginning in the 1960s. In the recent recession of the decade, the total spending on food stamps doubled from $19.8 billion in 200O to nearly $3 billion 2007.
Much of the growth in food stamps is often temporary for families. With Obama’s budget plans, the spending on food stamps may not return to the levels of prerecession until the economy improves.
Fact #2: Food stamps are only available to U.S. citizens and lawful immigrants
Contrary to what many residents say, food stamps are only available to U.S. citizens and lawfully residing immigrants. Undocumented immigrants are not eligible for food stamps. In fact, most lawfully residing residents also cannot receive food stamps unless they have been in the U.S. for at least five years.
As noncitizens are unable to receive SNAP, children in immigrant households suffer from food insecurity and economic hardships than other kids.
You are also like to have heard stories about individuals using food stamps but often show up in a luxury car, nice clothes, and even a smartphone. However, the food stamps benefit is allotted an average of $4 a day per person, set be the U.S. Congress.
Fact #3: Most Recipients for Food Stamps Work
Many recipients receive food stamps, even if they are working. However, due to minimum wages, recipients will only be qualified if they receive less than twenty hours of work a week. A significant portion of beneficiaries who can work, Perform little to no work. Approximately 10.5 million households receive food stamps that deliver less than 30 hours a week. This is common during the recession and even during economic times.
The SNAP program is just one of many that are included in the complex system of federal welfare programs.
Fact #4: Recipients must report all eligibility changes every month
Households are required to report on their family circumstances every month before continuing their benefits of food stamps. However, some homes under conditions have an obligation to report their changes when they become known – meaning they must report quality or semi-annually. Those who fail to report will often be disqualified from the program as well as fined, put in prison or all three.
Additionally, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has organized outreach programs to place more recipients onto the rolls as some states have even gone as far as hiring recruiters who are tasked with filling a monthly quota of new enrollees for food stamps.
Fact #5: The Majority of Recipients is the Elderly or Children
According to a report in November of 201, over 45% of the recipients of SNAP were understood the age of eighteen years old as almost 10% were over the age of sixty and older. Nearly two-thirds of child recipients are living in single-parent households with a total of 76% go towards family families with children.
According to demographic data, more than 40% of participates are Caucasians, 26% of African-American, 11% are Hispanic, 2.4% are Asian-decent, and 1% are Native American.
According to the USDA, for every $5 spent on SNAP, $9 is generated in economic activity. This means that families will receive their benefits to buy groceries for their families and keep local businesses running. Without the help of food stamps, families with low-income will lose access to free meals. Cutbacks to SNAP such as the House version of the Farm Bill will cause nearly two million benefits to losing their benefits. SNAP can also help the economy.