Arthur Delaney is reporting at Huffington Post about the cuts in the Food Stamp Budget. In ‘No Precedent’ For Proposed Cuts to Food Stamp Benefits Delaney reports:
To help prevent a pair of domestic spending bills from adding to the national budget deficit, Democratic leaders in the Senate have proposed cuts to future food stamp funding, saving $14.1 billion over 10 years.
Several Democrats have said they’ll prevent the cuts — which will phase out a stimulus bill provision that increased families’ monthly food stamp payments — from ever taking effect. So are the planned cuts nothing more than an accounting gimmick to win “yes” votes from deficit hawks, or are they a serious threat to families who rely on the money to feed their children….?
In April 2009, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act boosted monthly benefits under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly known as the Food Stamp Program) by 13.6 percent. As economic misery has worsened, participation in SNAP has risen since then from 34.4 million to 40.8 million as of May 2010. That’s one of every seven Americans.
With the stimulus bill provisions, the average benefit is $133.77 per month. If the cuts take effect, the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) estimates that a family of four will receive $59 less per month starting in November 2013. It’s not the first time an unkind change has been made to food stamp policy, but experts say it would be the first time ever that beneficiaries would receive less money from month to month under the program.
“The raid on SNAP must stop,” said FRAC in a statement. “These are real cuts with real impact on low-income households who, for the first time, will see their benefits fall from one month to the next.” [Emphasis Added]
Politicians must stop playing games with the lives of children. People elected them to act responsibly while governing this country.
In Cash Sluts and Credit Crunch Weasels Take Food Out of the Mouths of Babes I said:
There are some very good reasons why meals are provided at schools. Education Bug has a history of the school lunch program
President Harry S. Truman began the national school lunch program in 1946 as a measure of national security. He did so after reading a study that revealed many young men had been rejected from the World War II draft due to medical conditions caused by childhood malnutrition. Since that time more than 180 million lunches have been served to American children who attend either a public school or a non-profit private school.
In 1966, President Lyndon Johnson extended the program by offering breakfast to school children. It began as a two years pilot program for children in rural areas and those living in poorer neighborhoods. It was believed that these children would have to skip breakfast in order to catch the bus for the long ride to school. There were also concerns that the poorer families could not always afford to feed their children breakfast. Johnson believed, like many of us today, that children would do better in school if they had a good breakfast to start their day. The pilot was such a success that it was decided the program should continue. By 1975, breakfast was being offered to all children in public or non-profit private school. This change was made because educators felt that more children were skipping breakfast due to both parent being in the workforce.
In 1968, a summer meals program was offered to low income children. Breakfast, lunch and afternoon snacks are still available to students each year, during the summer break. Any child in need can apply for the program at the end of the school year. Parents that are interested in the summer meals program should contact their local school administration.
Since its inception, the school lunch/meals programs have become available in more than 98,800 schools….
One of the principles of this blog is that education is a partnership between the student, the parent(s) or guardian(s), teacher(s) and school. Children must arrive at school ready to learn. See, Ready for School 101: How to Prepare Your Child for Learning
In order to have a healthy country, we must have healthy children. It is more difficult to educate a hungry child because their attention is not focused on learning.
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Alert: Ready to Learn, Feeding A Family Using A Food Stamp Budget
People must take action now to prevent cuts in the Food Stamp budget. To contact your congress representative go to Write Your Representative
Tell them that kids should not go hungry because they were too weak to stop cash sluts and credit crunch weasels from living high on the hog and draining this country of its productive resources.
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