In the economy’s current state, more and more American families are finding it harder to stay afloat. That’s where government aid comes in. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is a program designed to help the struggling afford food by the use of food stamps – and thanks to the lack of jobs these days, SNAP is working overtime.
It was in June that food stamp usage hit a record high of 46.7 million people, or approximately 15 percent of America’s population. As long as unemployment rates continue to be above eight percent, it is expected that there will be little or no improvement for families dependent on SNAP.
The food stamp program is the largest yearly expense for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, costing the largest sum yet last year at $75.7 billion. Government officials who disapprove of SNAP costing so much money have proposed a 10-year plan that will drop the cost by $33 billion.