Essay on Food Stamp Program Reform

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The federal Food Stamp Program is an assisted nutrition program that helps millions of eligible, low-income individuals and families (United States Department of Agriculture). This program gives its recipients extra money each month to try to help them have better food security. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program is also the largest program in the federal safety net (United States Department of Agriculture). In Ohio’s Appalachian counties, there are 515,300 recipients which is 25.4% of the population (Job and Family Services). The Supplemental Nutrition Program is a good program except for one problem that can be fixed relatively fast and one problem that it will take a little time to solve. The problem that can be fixed right …show more content…
If the household has an elder who is receiving disability payments then the household only has to meet the net monthly income (United States Department of Agriculture). The minimum gross monthly income is $1,245 for a household size of one and $4,294 for a household size of eight (United States Department of Agriculture). The minimum net monthly income is $958 for a household of one and $3,303 for a household of eight (United States Department of Agriculture). There are seven deductions for the deduction test. A couple of these deductions are a twenty percent deduction from earned income and a dependent care deduction when needed for work, training, or education (United States Department of Agriculture). Temporary Assistance to Needy Families mandatory work requirements began at twenty hours a week in 1997 and incrementally increased to thirty-five hours in 2002. Able-bodied adults without dependents who are between the ages of eighteen and fifty can only participate in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program for three months in a thirty-six month period if they are unemployed or do not do any training program other than job search (United States Department of Agriculture). Food Stamps can be used to buy junk food such as soft drinks, candy, and cookies since these are technically food items (United States Department of Agriculture). The problem

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