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Chairman Ryan’s Baseless Attack on SNAP/Food Stamps

April 5, 2011

Falsely claiming that the nation’s most important anti-hunger program — SNAP, formerly called food stamps — is experiencing “relentless and unsustainable growth,” House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan calls for converting it into a block grant. The truth is that SNAP’s recent growth is temporary and reflects the battered economic circumstances of tens of millions of Americans due to the recession; SNAP is not contributing to the nation’s long-term fiscal problem. And block-granting SNAP would largely destroy its ability to respond to rising need during future recessions, forcing states to cut benefits or create waiting lists for needy families.

Food Stamps Helping Keep Hunger in Check Despite Recession

November 16, 2010

Yesterday’s Agriculture Department report finds that the share of U.S. households that lacked access to adequate food at some point in the year remained roughly unchanged in 2009, despite sharp increases in unemployment and poverty.

Food Stamps Helping More People — and More Efficiently

July 23, 2010

It’s no secret that with unemployment much higher than usual during the recession, a growing number of Americans are receiving food stamps to help them afford an adequate diet. In fact, the number of food stamp recipients has jumped by about 13 million (50 percent) since the start of the recession. But you might not know that the Food Stamp Program has handled this increase while becoming even more efficient, as a new Center report shows.