Kids on Food Stamps “Spiked” Last Year

For children the use of food stamps spiked. Let’s praise the Obama recovery.

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There are two ways to look at this. One is that the economy is so bad that these children can’t really survive without food stamps. The other is that the government has managed to make more families dependent on its “mercy” for daily survival. They are not mutually exclusive positions to take.

[See also, “Make the Able Bodied Work for Food Stamps.”]

According to Reuters, “One in five U.S. children now rely on food stamps: Census data.

The number of children in the United States relying on food stamps for a meal spiked to 16 million last year, according federal data, signaling a lopsided economic recovery in which lower income families are still lagging behind.

The roughly one in five children who received food stamps in 2014 surpassed pre-recession levels, when one in eight or 9 million children were on food stamps, according to the U.S. Census survey of American families released on Wednesday

Republicans in Congress have sought to cut back on the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program or food stamp program as part of a larger plan to balance the budget.

Early last year lawmakers proposed $40 billion in cuts from the program over 10 years. The final farm bill signed into law trimmed $8.6 billion from the program, eliminating benefits for about 850,000 people, according to estimates by anti-hunger advocates.

I would be interested to see if anyone could bring forward estimates that malnutrition or hunger has increased since those cuts were made. If not, we have direct evidence that, in the United States today, when food stamps are unavailable then people figure out how to feed themselves or their loved ones.

This possibility certainly comports with the fact that food stamps correlate with childhood obesity.

But if you think these food stamps are absolutely necessary and Republicans are evil for not wanting to spend as much on them, then what about the economy that makes them necessary? If the Obama recovery is so great, then why did Food Stamp reliance spike last year?

This report contained more bad news.

Other findings of the survey show a rapidly changing America in which more children are being raised in single-parent homes and more young people are delaying marriage.

Of the 73.7 million children under 18 in the United States, 27 percent were living in single parent homes last year, tripling the 9 percent in 1960.

These trends will have economic and cultural consequences for many years to come.