Food Stamps: A Brief History
Food stamps were established as a public service for distributing surplus agriculture and have been manipulated as early as 1939.
The Food Stamp Act of 1964 covered the initial rules and regulations for the program, which deemed the value of the stamps distributed, and the terms for proper compliance by retailers. To successfully coordinate the program the Food and Nutrition Service was form in 1969.
After years of additions and amendmentsthat cover everything fromwho is eligible to how much aid the government would provided, the food stamp act became the Supplement and Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) we know today.
SNAP is able to provide nutritional resource for over 46 million American each month. They use taxpayer money to benefit low-income households, which is applaudable. However, one of their main concerns is fraud, many people misuse the food stamp programmostly on the retail end of the transaction.
Recently, the problem has led to millions of dollars in fraudulent activity. For example, a manager from Greensboro, NJ was recently sentenced to 27 years in prison after abusing the program.
As technology as evolved so has the concept of the stamps, they are no longer “stamps”, but rather issued via value-loaded cards. People are allotted their food budget based on a specific percent of their household income.
Due to the increased fraudulent the program has been under a lot of scrutiny. House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas, R-Okla., last week defended cuts in the program, saying “There is no denying that SNAP provides important support for many Americans. That’s why it’s important that we ensure the integrity of this program, The committee demonstrated that we are committed to doing our part to reduce the debt and provide nutrition assistance for American families most in need.”
“Every $1 in SNAP benefits generates $1.73 in economic activity, according to Moody's economist Mark Zandi.” – U.S. Representative Rob Brady (Philadelphia)
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