I know many of you feel that food stamps are a waste of taxpayer money because you see folks buying things they shouldn't. While I understand that viewpoint, I find it a little short-sighted and narrow minded. Have you considered the economic impact "your" tax dollars are having through the Food Stamp program?
Here's the thing: Poverty is not going away. Ever. The majority of people on PA aren't the lazy bums everyone complains about and hates. They're just people trying to get by and do the best they can. But lets forget all that for a moment. Why does the government want to get people on food stamps if they are eligible? Why do they encourage participation in the program? Isn't that just wasting tax payer dollars?
Not even close. SNAP is not just a black hole of tax payer dollars. It also acts as somewhat of a stimulus for our economy.
So if you can't bring yourself to feel compassion for the working poor in our nation and poverty-stricken families just trying to feed their children, maybe you can feel a little bit better about the economic ramifications of SNAP.
In the USDA's Building a Healthier America report, the agency concludes that for every $1 in new SNAP benefits up to $1.80 is generated in economic activity. Big business surely benefits but it also benefits their employees, the truck drivers delivering the food, plants making the food, and the farmer who produces the food. The USDA estimates that for every $1 billion increase in SNAP benefits, 18,000 full-time equivalent jobs, including 3,000 farm jobs, are maintained and/or created.