Such an interesting tool - Think food stamps are something used only by people in far-away, poor communities? Think again. A handy interactive tool from Slate.com will show you just how many folks right in your own community rely on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), otherwise known as food stamps.
Many Americans believe that churches and charities should be the ones feeding the nation's hungry people. But tens of millions of people need food assistance every year-and just a tiny percentage of this assistance (1 in every 24 bags of food) is provided by charity. Charity alone is simply not a realistic solution.
“One of the most touching moments to me was when a fifth grade girl named Rosie commented that she wanted her kids to have a better life than she has. Rosie’s family struggles with food insecurity, and this child is acutely aware of the hardships that her family endures on a daily basis. Having to be so concerned with such significant family issue at the age of 11 is a reality that most people never have to experience.”
Last year, letter carriers collected 70.2 million pounds of food at Stamp Out Hunger nationwide, raising the total amount of donations picked up over the history of the drive to more than 1.1 billion pounds.
Food Stamped: an informative documentary film following a couple as they attempt to eat a healthy, well-balanced diet on a food stamp budget. Through their adventures they consult with members of U.S. Congress, food justice organizations, nutrition experts, and people living on food stamps to take a deep look at America’s food system.