Ezra Klein remarks that it seems wild to him that 1 in 9 Americans receive food stamps. “Not only are 31.5 million Americans eligible for food stamps. But 31.5 million are facing such grueling economic stress that they were willing to enroll in the food stamp program.”
At the same time, he points out, the benefit is falling further behind a family’s nutritional needs. Klein posts this chart from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, which I hadn’t seen before, that shows the difference between the maximum food stamp benefit and the cost of a “minimally adequate diet” for a family of fourt (as defined by the USDA):
And while people from the left and the right are criticizing the President-elect’s recovery plan, here’s a solution: according to Mood’ys Economy.com, food stamp spending generates $1.73 for every $1 in government spending, making it the most effective stimulus agent studied.