The Friday, Nov.1, 2013 edition of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution published an op-ed by Foundation Vice President Benita Dodd on rollbacks in benefits for food stamp recipients, entitled, “No Grandstanding, End the Spending.”
By Benita M. Dodd
The numbers certainly are a cause for concern. The federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), commonly referred to as the food stamp program, reached nearly 14 percent of U.S. households in 2012. That’s up from 8.6 percent in 2008, at the height of the economic recession. Today, about 48 million Americans rely on the taxpayer-funded program, to the tune of $78 billion a year.
In metro Atlanta, households receiving SNAP benefits have doubled from 7 percent to more than 14 percent; about 60…