A month ago the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) released a report stating that 48.8 million Americans lived in households that in 2010 struggled with hunger. 16.2 million of those people were children. While this report is very worrisome, later in the month the Census Bureau released a report stating that 3.9 million people (including 1.7 million children) were prevented from falling deeper into poverty by the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (or SNAP, formerly known as food stamps). This statistic demonstrates once again that SNAP is a success story. In a year of massive unemployment, foreclosures, and increased poverty, SNAP was the saving grace for millions of families.
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