Looks like the war on the working poor is getting back into high gear. The austerians in D.C. are declaring the lie that the economic recovery has raised all boats and that Food Stamps should be cut. They have been trying to make cuts during an economic recession, the same Recession which has increased the need for Food Stamps or SNAP. Since welfare as we once knew it is gone, Food Stamps are the last available resource for those with no income and or low-income from working.
Food Stamps do not go far enough. Even Food Banks report that Food Stamps do not provide enough food to last the entire month as they see people coming in to request help at the end of each month. Minimum wage jobs do not provide enough income for the working poor to meet food needs for families, even when both parents have jobs. The benefits are slim. These are the eligibility and benefits guidelines. A single person might be able to get a monthly grant of $194. How is that supposed to feed a single person for a month? Food matters massively toward brain development in children: poorer children with less access to nutritious food develop less brain area.
More detail about the proposed cuts is available at CBPP. I apologize in advance for any errors in amounts and percentages, ……………. though, I will never apologize for the internationally recognized right to basic necessities of life as guaranteed by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (article 25).
(1) Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.
(2) Motherhood and childhood are entitled to special care and assistance. All children, whether born in or out of wedlock, shall enjoy the same social protection.
Without Food Stamps and other antipoverty programs, the rate of children in poverty would be 33% instead of 18%:
“The state-by-state reports issued by Kids Count were accompanied by a press release by the Casey Foundation noting that the child poverty rate in the United States would nearly double, from 18 percent to 33 percent, without social programs like food stamps, school meals, Medicaid and the Earned Income Tax Credit.
This was issued as a warning of the effect of widely expected budget cuts in these critical programs. It coincided with the first hearing before the House Agriculture Committee on plans to attack the federal food stamp program by imposing work requirements and other restrictions to limit eligibility.
The food stamp program has already suffered through two rounds of budget cuts agreed on in bipartisan deals between the Obama White House and congressional Republicans, which cut $1 billion and $5 billion respectively from the program. Now that Republicans control both houses of Congress, they will press for even more sweeping cuts in a program that helps feed 47 million low-income people, many of them children.”
Don”t miss Bud Meyer’s, “Bloody Budget Cuts”, which deftly tackles the R’s deadly assault on Food Stamps, Medicaid, Medicare, & Social Security, pointing out that 69% of R’s cuts are to programs helping the low-income folks and near-poors (almost half the families in the U.S.). He writes at the Economic Populist blog.