September 28th, 2011

Expand the Use of Food Stamps?

The New York Times

Nearly 50 million Americans rely on food stamps—now called the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program—and the federal costs are spiking accordingly. While the rising rolls can be linked to increasing joblessness, many low-wage workers also rely on the benefits. Some anti-hunger advocates would like to make it easier for them to use food stamps, by relaxing rules forbidding their use to buy fast food. What would be wrong with giving people the right to use their food stamps at fast-food places? What do we know about the nutritional habits of the program’s recipients?

Read more:

Room for Debate Essays:
“A Hobson’s Choice,” by Tom Laskawy
“No Funds for Fast Food,” by Michelle Gourdine
“Needed: Welfare Reform,” by Robert Rector
“Food Stamps and Obesity,” by Diane M. Gibson


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