Wednesday, November 11, 2009
SNAP/Food Stamps -- Half of U.S. Children
A study reports that half of U.S. children by age 20 will live in households receiving SNAP/Food Stamps. "This is what we can expect over a period of time, not just during a recession," said author Mark Rank of Washington University in St. Louis. "It shows that the period of childhood, rather than a period of safety and security, is really a time, for a lot of kids, of economic turmoil and risk." Since only 67 percent of eligible people actually receive SNAP/Food Stamps, according to USDA, the study may underestimate the number of families finding it hard to put food on the table. In July 2009, 35.8 million Americans - 6.8 million more than in July 2008 - received SNAP/Food Stamps. About half of that number are children.
Source: USAToday, By Liz Szabo, Nov 2, 2009