The Orlando Sentinel picked up an associated press story about a new study that reveals that, after analyzing 30 years of food stamp data, about 49 percent of all children were on food stamps at some point by the age of 20. This aligns with our own food stamp outreach efforts through Benefits Connection. 31% of all people impacted by our program are children.
Imagine the consequences of 49% of children not having access to food through the food stamp program. Hunger is not just a social problem, it’s a medical problem that leads to malnutrition in children.
As learned in research and firsthand accounts through our Hi-Five program, kids with access to healthy food perform better in school. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP or food stamps) is one of the largest safety nets for families and individuals living in poverty. As the benefit allows each family to select food that is best for their children’s nutrition, it’s also ensuring healthier kids.
Director of Agency Relations & Programs