Food Stamp use at record high, half of recipients are kids
A record 47 million Americans, including many struggling middle class families who have fallen on hard times, now participate in the food stamp program. Forty-seven percent of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly food stamps) recipients are children and 8 percent are elderly.
“Our goal is to get these families the temporary assistance they need so they are able to get through these tough times and back on their feet as soon as possible,” Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said.
SNAP spending has more than doubled in four years to a record $76 billion. The House budget plan would cut expenses by $33 billion over 10 years. The Senate has passed a plan that would cut $4 billion over the same time period. New polling data released today by the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) show overwhelming majorities opposing SNAP cuts.