Essay on Food Stamps: Should They Be Limited?

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With more and more people becoming unemployed and applying for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), it is imperative that we understand the benefits as well as problems this causes. Even while researching this topic and talking to some of my family and friends about it, it surprised me the amount of those who do not understand food stamps. Coming from the SNAP website, “Food stamps offer nutritional assistance to millions of eligible low-income individuals and families and provides economic benefits to communities” (United States). This program helps millions of people per year and gives upwards of $75 billion and rising. With the prices of food increasing due to inflation, beneficiaries are receiving around $400 at most …show more content…
The article is titled, "Food Assistance: Computerized Information Matching Could Reduce Fraud and Abuse in the Food Stamp Program”, and is a government document. Contained in this article is a testimony before the Committee of Agriculture, Subcommittee on Department Operations, Nutrition, and Foreign Agriculture, House of Representatives. The testimony deals with the different types of fraud that occur in the food stamp program. The main focus of fraud in the article shows that trafficking and over-payment are the two main scams used when dealing with food stamps. Trafficking, as explained by the article is when Stamps are traded for cash value, resulting in $815 million being traded for cash at retail stores. Over-payment occurs when the recipient knowingly receives more than they are eligible for, which led to losses up to $1.4 billion. The article then goes on to present a new system to detect fraud and fix the problems. This system is a computer that matches information which identifies ineligible participants, as well as people who receive duplicate benefits due to error and may reduce over-payments. I do believe this would work substantially with reducing fraud, but like most things, could have some drawbacks as well. If the system now is being abused and tampered with, adding computers could make things worse if it was hacked in to. While I was researching this source, I learned that fraud in the SNAP program delivers the biggest blow to its total losses per year.

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