The American Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

             The American Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) has risen in the past decade to be the second most expensive means-tested program after Medicaid. During President Bush’s presidency, SNAP rapidly developed into something that would succumb to corruption and was not helpful in the war against poverty as declared on 1965 by President Lyndon B. Johnson. The SNAP program, the third attempt at a food stamp program, introduced in 2000 is an inefficient program that loosened the requirements for enrollment, opened many loopholes susceptible to corruption, and does not adequately help decrease food insecurity of many households.
             The first requirement for qualifying for food stamps is to have a gross income of 130% below the poverty and a net income 100% below the income. This is a respectable requirement because many families that make below the poverty line cannot make ends meet between paying bills and putting food on the table during recessions. The problem is that states miss many SNAP recipients that are above the poverty line through sporadic audits. “SNAP recipients with incomes above the poverty threshold have risen from 12 percent of SNAP households to 16.7 percent”(Tanner 8). Another requirement specifically for able-bodied people without kids or a family to support are required to be employed, and clock above 30 hours, or must participate in a SNAP “workfare” program for at least 20 hours per week. Although on paper these requirements seem adequate, in actuality the amount of SNAP recipients that do either of these things are at an all time low. On top of that many of these workfare programs tend to be subsidized jobs that are not steady for of income for families (Carroll 1). 44% of SNAP nonelderly adult recipients were not looking for work or employed (Tanner 9). Many of these families are not at fault but due to problems in the administration it has caused for loose interpretations of income and work-r...

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