Sun, 26 Oct 2014

20% Of The People In The USA Can't Afford To Buy Food

Something is very wrong in the USA. USDA data shows that one out of every five in the US is on food stamps.

It is man's basic nature and instinct to eat food to live. Without doing the said activity, man can only go on for a couple of days before passing out and dying of hunger. In the US, a 2013 U.S Department of Agriculture (USDA) data shows that 20%, or roughly one out of every five in the US is on food stamps.

Specifically, the USDA data shows that there are 23 million households in the US who subscribe to food stamps. In a basic sense, it shows that there is a problem with food supply and with the ever increasing population of the country, it might be not far off in the future before food scarcity kicks in and pose a problem for many American citizens.

SNAP - A US Government Program

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or which provides assistance for people in the US who have no means to buy food. With SNAP, Americans can purchase any of the following: fruits, vegetables, breads, cereals, dairy products, met, fish, and poultry.

SNAP is one of the largest food and nutrition program carried out by the US government. According to USDA the fiscal year of 2013 showed that there are 23, 052, 388 households that are subscribe to the SNAP. Comparing this to last recorded number of households subscribed to food stamps for the fiscal year of 2012 which is 22, 239, 713, it shows that there is an increase in the number of households that rely on food stamps to eat.

Observing the data of the frequency of households that are enrolled in the SNAP, it can be observed that there is an increasing trend in the subscription to food stamps. Along with this increase, it is also shown from the USDA data that the number of individuals participating in the food stamp program has increased. This could only mean that America's food security is at risk and the government must immediately find a way to enhance and strengthen the supply of food in the country.

Dependence On Food Stamps

As evidenced by the data shown above, there seems to be a growing reliance and dependence on food stamp. While this might be helping the inability of some Americans to purchase food and eat it for daily living, it does not necessarily solve the problem. Like the famous saying goes - "give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime", it is also important not only for the government to provide its citizens with basic necessities like food but also to guide and help the citizens learn how to have these necessities and sustain them.

Sustainable Income To Afford To Buy Food

In the long run, if all the government does is to provide food stamps for the people, then they would not bother to do anything as they are able to live by with the help of the food stamps and the SNAP as a whole.

On the other hand, if the government provides more jobs and places strict policies and laws to ensure the citizen's tenure in these jobs, then the people will have the means to buy food. Alternatively, the government can also provide support for entrepreneurial ventures and/or anything which might give the citizens sustainable income to meet their daily cost of living. There is still time for the American government to prevent food scarcity and make the statistic "one out of every five in the US is on food stamps" a thing of the past.

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