November 29, 2009

Food Stamp Use Soars and Stigma Fades - NYTimes.com

MARTINSVILLE, Ohio ??? With food stamp use at record highs and climbing every month, a program once scorned as a failed welfare scheme now helps feed one in eight Americans and one in four children.

San Diego has one of the highest number of eligible food stamp recipients that do NOT use it or know how to. From my understanding, it's a federal program. So we either use it or lose it. It doesn't directly effect our budget (a whole other terrible ball of wax). What can people of faith in San Diego do about this? Seems there are two obvious approaches (among others): 1) work at advocating and education for those who can use it and 2) encourage our officials to adjust approval and distribution (some have said that it feels more like a police raid when getting approved for food stamps in San Diego).

This isn't to say that there aren't some wonderful things happening around food distribution to the needy in San Diego. Food stamp eligibility at farmer's markets, the new 2 acre farm in City Heights, the various churches and non profits working at getting food to those in need, etc. are to be praised.

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