Contrary to conservative claims that the food stamp, or SNAP, program has run amok, participation is high for a reason: there are still a lot of folks struggling to provide their families with adequate nutrition.
In our season of continued austerity, (despite evidence that it is not working), the House Agriculture Committee met to discuss cutting 4.1 billion from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (Food Stamps) or SNAP program.
While living on a SNAP budget for just a week will not come close to the struggles encountered by low-income working families, it will provide a new perspective and greater understanding for those who take part.
Programs like Temporary Assistance to Needy Families, food stamps, and transitional housing are lifelines that work when people fall on hard times. We need to preserve them. But that's not what the Ryan "reconciliation budget" just passed by the House of Representatives would do.
Both sides are convinced that poverty-related discussion will scare away middle-class voters, ignoring the reality that tens of millions of Americans, formerly solidly middle-class, teeter on the edge of poverty and hunger themselves.