Food Stamp Cuts-47 Million Americans Have less to eat
Washington--With the expiration of the boost to food stamps that was part of the 2009 economic stimulus program, some 47 million people-about a sixth of the U.S. population (49 percent white, 26 percent black and 20 percent Hispanic, Census Bureau figures show)-saw benefits drop 5 percent from a maximum $200 a month for an individual and $668 for a family of four to $189 and $632, respectively.
The number of people receiving food assistance swelled dramatically with the recession, going from 26 million in 2007 to 47 million in 2012, but conservatives argue relaxation of standards at the state level also contributed. The Congressional Budget Office expects 14 million people to leave the program in the next decade as the economy improves. USDA estimates fraud accounts for little more than a penny on the dollar.