Social Justice 1
October 11, 2013
Government Responses to Poverty
For my research paper, I chose the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, aka Snap. I know much of the basic of SNAP, but I know nothing to in depth about it. A lot of people I know have it and its such a big part of mine and those I know lives so I feel it's my duty to find out more about it. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program provides individuals and families with food stamps which can be used to purchase select food. Food stamps are reloaded on to an EBT card after the 1st of each month. The U.S. Department of Agriculture decides on the amount of food stamps each individual and families based on the amount of income and the size of the family. They do not discriminate on race and gender, in fact despite contrary belief more white people are on Snap than blacks. SNAP helps 43 million people a month. Net income which is after child care and special needs must be below the poverty line to receive benefits.
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) provides benefits to low-income people that they can use to buy food to improve their diets. SNAP recipients spend their benefits (provided on an electronic card that is used like an ATM card) to buy eligible food in
authorized retail food stores. Through nutrition education partners, SNAP helps clients learn to make healthy eating and active lifestyle choices (District of Columbia Supplemental Nutrition).
Based off of my research the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program is a government assistance program to help low-income households pay for food” (What Is the SNAP). To sum up my program in my own words it is the way people who are below the poverty line get government assistance that should solve their problem for eating. What it does is it gives people who can’t afford to buy food money so that they can buy specific food, and the assistance it offers is that now the...