The United States federal food stamp program known as the "Supplemental Nutrition and Assistance Program" (SNAP) offers nutrition assistance to eligible, low-income individuals and families and provides economic benefits to communities. The entitlement has recently been cut by a small amount — just $36 / month for a family of four. But even this tiny reduction in a national entitlement program is causing waves across the nation as food banks scramble to handle the anticipated surge in "hungry masses.”
"Food banks across the country, stretched thin in the aftermath of the recession, are bracing for more people coming through their doors in the wake of cuts to the federal food stamp program," writes USA Today.
There are almost 50 million Americans on food stamps right now. A family of four used to receive roughly $600 / month from the government, but that amount has now been cut by around six percent. The fact that this $36 reduction is causing so much panic underscores just how deeply millions of Americans have come to depend on government money to simply survive.
Cuts deemed "catastrophic" for many people
These cuts, "will be close to catastrophic for many people," said Ross Fraser, a spokesman for Feeding America, as quoted in a story by CBS News.
"It's going to send people into a charitable system that's already overwhelmed and screaming for help itself," says Jim Weill of the Food Research and Action Center, also quoted in that same CBS story.
The blame for this increased demand has been variously pointed at the housing crash of 2006 - 2007, the following job slump of 2008, the government’s economic policies, and Obamacare.
Already talk of "food riots”
"If you look across the world, riots always begin typically the same way: when people cannot afford to eat food," said Margarette Purvis, the president and CEO of the Food Bank for New York City, as quoted in a Salon.com article.
“Our members are panicking," Purvis told NBC News, adding that "We're telling everyone to make sure that you are prepared for longer lines.”
The question on everybody's minds, of course, is: What happens when the available food runs out and millions go hungry? While that scenario may not unfold this year, the fact that more and more people are losing their jobs and needing food stamps to survive inevitably puts an increased burden on food banks, too.
Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com November 2, 2013