Working age adults now make up the majority of food stamp recipients, but would raising their hourly wage get them off food stamps?
Jason Rano: The vast majority of farm subsidies and crop insurance go to the largest corporate farms.
Wilson: SNAP cuts mean 16 fewer meals a month for a family of three. An expansion of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program instituted under the 2009 federal stimulus will expire on November 1st. The cut will affect all 48 million recipients of the food stamp program, and translates into 16 fewer meals per month for a family of three, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. Michael J. Wilson, director of Maryland Hunger Solutions, says that these cuts are hurting people who need the food stamp program in order to feed themselves. “We know that there are tens of thousands of people who are underemployed, who are unemployed, who are seniors, and who are children who depend on these programs,” said Wilson. “In the state of Maryland, there are over 790,000 people who depend on these programs.” “The real reason we have people who are on these programs who need this is because of the economy. It's because a majority of the folks who are getting food stamps either are kids or they're elderly, or they're working people who just don't make enough money or don't have enough hours to be able to be able to have the basic necessities in life. And so it's about poverty. It's about economic inequality. And it's about the inability of our nation to be able to provide the kinds of employment which give people an opportunity to take care of themselves and their basic needs,” said Wilson.