Editorial: Food Policy Madness: The Hunger Games
So, in the name of prudent fiscal management, America's poor are destined simply to make do with ever-more-barren cupboards. Never mind the fact that local stores and their employees will feel the impact, since every dollar in SNAP benefits adds $1.70 to the local economy. Never mind that we are spending billions on farm subsidies that encourage agribusinesses to plant more crops than we need at the expense of medium and small family farms growing a variety of healthful foods not destined for animal feed, processed snacks or ethanol fuel.
There is no economic justification for this wrongheaded policy. In this season of giving, we need to keep in mind that the demand for food assistance will remain strong until the economic boom on Wall Street trickles down to Main Street. Cutting food assistance and stigmatizing its recipients will not solve the larger problem, and will only increase hunger among those who are without a voice in the legislative process.•