An outstanding statement from Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro in defense of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP.
It rebuts recent false statements about the program:
“The Food Stamp Program swelled because the economy entered the worst recession since the Great Depression and remains severely depressed even 18 months after the official recovery began. And this expansion of food stamps was a good thing – benefits keep 5 million people out of poverty and are universally considered some of the most effective fiscal support available to help an economy that is projected to see unemployment rates above 8% until 2015,” said Elise Gould of the Economic Policy Institute. “Cutting these benefits would simply be a mistake for families and a mistake for the economy.”
…and points out how it stimulates the economy:
“And these funds did not just assist struggling Americans, they were instrumental in keeping our economy afloat as they were reinvested in our economy at a rate of $1.73 for every dollar spent. Food stamps added nearly $5 billion to the national economy in 2009 alone.”
Not to even mention…..SNAP keeps people from going hungry.