There have been numerous allegations that there is significant fraud in the SNAP program. According to GAO, the SNAP payment accuracy rate is approximately 96% or an all time high.
Groups in support of the SNAP program claim that SNAP has "…lifted 3.9 million Americans above the poverty line in 2011 including 1.7 million children and 280,000 seniors." The food stamp program, according to USDA's Food and Nutrition Service, claims to be the largest nutrition assistance program in the U.S., going to 47 million individuals.
As an entitlement program, it costs $79.6 billion in fiscal year 2013 including funds going to states for administration. The average cost per person was $133.08 per month in food assistance. In 1969, the cost was $6.63 per person and $2,878,000 was spent on food stamps.
The idea for such a program came from U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Henry Wallace. Since 1939, the program has been subject of debate, discussion and enormous political dispute. This Farm Bill is no exception.
Conservatives claim the $1 trillion, 10-year Farm Bill will cost 56% more than the 2008 Farm Bill. Democrats, including the President, say not enough money is spent on food stamps when the Farm Bill is actually 80% food stamp expenditures.
The answers are not easy, as you can see from the above statistics.
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