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Examining Stigma: Food Stamped? It's a SNAP
Transcript of Examining Stigma: Food Stamped? It's a SNAP
It's a SNAP!
Some people believe that the benefits of the program far outweigh the cost of funding it
The Food Stamp Program (FSP) remains one of the most widely
used of all U.S. social services programs, and is the program that carries the most stigma. Many food stamp users feel shame after having enrolled in SNAP choosing to shop for their groceries at night or early in the morning
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) helps millions of low-income Americans put food on the table, providing benefits that are timely, targeted, and temporary. (Escarra, 2012)
According the USDA as of September '12, 2012 46.2 million people live below the poverty level. That means for a family of four they earned less than $22,314. There are still thousands of Americans who could benefit from SNAP
Annual cost of food stamps October 2012
Woman Ridiculed For Using Food Stamps At Kroger
(Vartanian, Houser, & Harkness, 2011)
SNAP supports households as they get back on their feet, supplying them with needed nutrition and encouraging work.
All though there may be stigma involved with receiving SNAP the benefit to the individuals and families far out way the negative aspects.
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The average amount of time a participant spends on SNAP is 9 months, and the SNAP benefit formula is structured to provide a strong work incentive.[xv] For every additional dollar a SNAP participant earns, their benefits decline by about 24 to 36 cents, not a full dollar, so participants have a strong incentive to find a job, work longer hours, or seek better-paying employment. Of all non-elderly adult participants, 27.6% are employed and 26.2% are actively looking for work" (Escarra, 2012)
According to economist Mark Zandi, "the fastest way to infuse money into the economy is through expandng the SNAP program. If someone who is literally living paycheck to paycheck gets an extra dollar, it's very likely that they will spend that dollar on their needs - groceries, to pay the telephone bill, pay the electric bill. That single dollar helps to pay the salaries of the grocery clerks, pays the truckers who haul the, and finally foes to the farmer who grows the crops.
USDA Research also shows that each $5 of federal SNAP generates nearly twice that in economic activity. (FRAC, SNAP Provides Real Stimulus, 2012)