US Cutting Down on Food Stamps

Alayna Neal

Food Stamps have saved a lot of families and people in the US. According to the United States Department of Agriculture, the US is now cutting down on them. The Trump Administration plans on taking away food stamps from 700,000 people. As of December 6, 2019, there are 34 million food-stamp participants using $58 billion yearly. One person averages $130 a month and that person is estimated to use $1,559 a year. In Stearns County there are 14,000 people using food stamps.

The new rule for food stamps will change for a lot of people. If you are an able-bodied adult with no kids you have to work under federal work requirements to receive food stamps. Also if you are an abled adult you can receive food stamps but only for 3 months in a three year period. However, if you are low income, unemployed, receiving welfare or require public assistance, homeless, elderly or disabled you may qualify for food stamps without working. Food stamps will change a lot of people’s lives.

Under the new rule, the US is expected to shave $5.5 billion from its budget over the next five years by removing people from food stamps. This new rule will begin on April 1st, 2020.

There are benefits from food stamps and there are drawbacks. One benefit from food stamps is the fact that the economy grows. The participants using food stamps help grow the economy by buying stuff from the local supermarket, farmers market, and even convenience stores. Another positive outcome from food stamps is families being able to eat a nice meal. Without food stamps, low-income families and people wouldn’t be able to enjoy a nice, yummy meal. Sadly there are not always positive outcomes from food stamps. One example is that people are not using food stamps responsibly. Some people use the food stamps that they were given to buy cigarettes or purchase food that is not healthy for them. It’s sad that these people use the government’s money to buy stuff they don’t need when it could have gone to a family that is in need of food.

For those in need that would qualify for food stamps and use them responsibly, the new rule will have a negative impact on them. For those that don’t use food stamps responsibly and no longer qualify because of the new rule, maybe they will change their behavior and appreciate the benefits they once received.