What Exactly Are Food Stamps?

Is it a voucher from a charity or discount vouchers from a newspaper? I’m in Australia so I don’t know.

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4 Responses to “What Exactly Are Food Stamps?”

  1. Patrick says:

    they are from the government to help people who are struggling so that they can get food as select institutions from what i know. Its so that they dont give them money directly and it be spend on alcohol or drugs

  2. Lisa says:

    It’s a government assistance food program for people who don’t have a lot of money, whether they are disabled and cannot work, elderly, or poor. It looks like a credit card and you can purchase certain foods from the supermarket with it. When you go up to pay you slide it in the credit card machine like a credit card.

  3. ? says:

    They are that plastic card every one runs threw the swipe machine at the food store and then stand there and give you dirty looks when you pay cash and the check out girl has to take off her shoes to count you change out right. And waste there job looking time there.

  4. Pat says:

    The US government began the Food Stamp Program in 1936, during the depression, for TWO reasons.
    First, and yes, this was the primary reason, as a farm subsidy program to enable farmers to sell more of their crops.
    Second, and this was a by-product of the first, to enable poor people to get food.
    THAT is why it’s run by the US Department of Agriculture.
    At that time, they were actual paper stamps, similar to postage stamps.
    The program ended in 1943 when the government decided that “we don’t have poor people anymore”.
    President Kennedy reinstated it in 1961 as a pilot project in 6 US counties.
    They left it in USDA because there were still people employed there who knew how to operate it.
    Congress made it a formal, permanent program in 1964.
    From there, it grew to more than 3,000 counties by 1977.
    Then,Congress did a massive reorganization, and improved it.
    There are income limits and other rules to participate.
    People got paper “food stamps”, which looked much like Canadian money.
    They could be spent in approved grocery stores on any food or beverage for human consumption, except alcohol and hot cooked foods.
    You can even use them to buy seeds and plants to grow food for your own use.
    In 1996, under a great deal of pressure from Congress, Pres.Clinton signed a massive “welfare reform” package which punished people for being poor.
    They gave states much more power to tinker with the FSP in their jurisdictions.
    Today, the paper food stamps are gone.
    Benefits are now on plastic debit cards – food stamps and cash welfare.
    The “food stamp program” no longer exists.
    Congress replaced it with the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – SNAP – on October 1, 2006.
    You’ll get a lot of wrong answers here, because most Amercans believe the lies that the republicans spread.
    The average familly size is 2.6 people.
    80% of food stamp beneifts go to people who are too young, old, or disabled to work.
    Of those who can work, about half have jobs that don’t pay them enough to support their families.
    The FSP BENEFITS the US economy because it enables people to buy more food than they could afford without it. That benefits the farmers, food processors, trucking companies, grocery companies, and lots more. Otherwise, the grocery stores wouldn’t accept them.
    Look at the links the other guy gave you
    And read this
    Welfare in America: Myths and Factshttp://voices.yahoo.com/welfare-america-…

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