Question #47: Should Food Stamps be regulated?
Yes, they should be. Food Stamps are meant to help you in tough times put food on the table it is meant to be temporary.
In order to be eligible for food stamps your total household income must be below a certain number. That number is based on the total number of people in your household. To be eligible, the maximum gross monthly income is 130% of the federal poverty level.
Households that are eligible to receive SNAP are expected to spend 30% of their net income on food. Multiply your monthly net income by 30% (0.3) and subtract that total from the maximum food assistance allotment - the household will receive a food stamp allotment of $61 for the month.
The U.S. Agriculture Department (USDA) reports that 39.7 million individuals participated in SNAP in an average month of 2018.
In fiscal year 2018, the federal government spent $68 billion on SNAP and other related food assistance programs. Ninety-two percent of SNAP spending went directly to benefits that households used to purchase food, and 7 percent went to state administrative costs, including eligibility determinations, employment and training and nutrition education for SNAP households, and anti-fraud activities.
For individuals, the maximum gross income they may earn in 2018 and still receive food stamps is $15,684. It is more for families. And the average monthly benefit for 2016 was a mere $125.40 per person, according to government statistics.
Food Stamp should be available to help provide healthy food. Food Stamps should cover stample food, food staple, or simply a staple, which is a food that is eaten regularly and in such quantities that it constitutes a dominant portion of a standard diet for a given people, supplying a large fraction of energy needs and generally forming a significant proportion of the intake of other nutrients as well. Taxpayers should not be paying for soda, sugary drinks, candy, etc.
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