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Isn’t The Farm Bill Supposed To Help Feed People?

If the farm bill doesn’t address hunger, what is it for?

“It shouldn’t be this hard to pass a farm bill that makes sure we have food,” says House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas.

You can debate the merits of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly known as food stamps) and who’s deserving of benefits until the cows come home. But the facts, as reported by USDA recently, are that 14.5% of U.S. households suffer from chronic hunger and a larger percent don’t earn enough money from their hourly wages to feed their families day in and day out.

Proponents of the nearly $40 billion in cuts in the SNAP and other nutrition programs claim that something’s wrong with the program because the number of recipients has risen to 48 million people. That the number of recipients has steadily increased during one of the worst recessions since the 1930s surely shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone. While this debate drags on, the national media are having a field day criticizing farmers for receiving millions in farm program benefits while part of the Congress wants to remove 4 million to 6 million Americans from the SNAP program. One of their favorite targets is a member of Congress who reportedly has received $3.5 million in farm program subsidies.

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