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Food Stamps

The Food and Nutrition Title is by far the Farm Bill’s largest spending category. Also funded by the Child Nutrition Act, food and nutrition programs make up over 70 percent of all USDA spending. There are valid reasons for this. Over 30 million public school children eat lunches every day, an increasing number of those subsidized by government programs. The number of households classified as “Food Insecure,” a technical term for going hungry, is experiencing significant increases every year. Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participation is also on a steady rise. According to the USDA Food and Nutrition Service, in an average month of 2011, 44.6 million Americans received food stamp benefits. Total spending for SNAP reached $68.2 billion in 2010 and even higher in 2011. The hunger crisis could actually be far worse than these figures suggest. Typically only 60 to 70 percent of eligible individuals actually register for and receive Food Stamps.

Here's how the how the Farm Bill spends a tax dollar: