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  •  Some perspective - SNAP is a $75 billion/yr (5+ / 0-)

    program - roughly 2% of the federal budget.

    Yet 1/6 of Americans are fed with this program.

    cost efficient?


    "The way to see by faith is to shut the eye of reason." - Thomas Paine

    by shrike on Mon Jun 10, 2013 at 05:14:54 PM PDT

    •  Almost 95 percent of federal SNAP spending (2+ / 0-)
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      This is from a site called Off the Charts, but I have seen the same from Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

      Almost 95 percent of federal SNAP spending goes directly to families to buy food. Most of the rest goes toward administrative costs, including reviews to determine that applicants are eligible, monitoring of retailers that accept SNAP, and anti-fraud activities.

      We still pay farmers not to grow food. No one should starve in America. SNAP is the most efficient program that I know of. Show me a private company that is working at 95% efficiency?

      And it is not just the people who need the help to buy food that this helps. Stores make money, food suppliers make money. The people that they employee make money. The employees spend their money on other goods and services like the dry cleaner on the corner makes money that he spends to send his kid to college.

      It is called the velocity of money, and I do not know of anything more efficient. Every SNAP dollar is spent and every SNAP dollar is spent multiple times. It does not just helping the hungry, it helps all of us.

      And did I mention that it is a shame on all of us if we let anyone in America go hungry? We are the bread basket of the world.

      We have the food. If we do not hang together, we will surly hang alone.

      “We can always count on the Americans to do the right thing, after they have exhausted all the other possibilities.” - Winston Chuchill

      by se portland on Mon Jun 10, 2013 at 07:29:01 PM PDT

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