Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

10/29/2013 (1 year ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Food stamp program relied upon by many families even during times of prosperity

Food stamps, or the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, is more than a fact of life for many American families. U.S. Researchers say that enrollment in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program has more than doubled in the past decade even during times of economic growth.

In olden times, poverty used to fall in tandem with the jobless rate, reducing the need for food stamps. However, researchers found poverty did not decline as the economy grew in the mid-2000s.

In olden times, poverty used to fall in tandem with the jobless rate, reducing the need for food stamps. However, researchers found poverty did not decline as the economy grew in the mid-2000s.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

10/29/2013 (1 year ago)

Published in Politics & Policy

Keywords: SNAP, food stamps enrollment, prosperity, recession


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - With SNAP enrollment doubling to 47 million, it's been learned that the number of Americans receiving food stamps increased - even when the economy was growing. 

The SNAP case load, during the 2003-07 expansion rose 24 percent, the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College says. CRC economists Matt Rutledge and April Yanyuan Wu says that one reason is a change in the longstanding correlation between poverty and the unemployment rate.

In olden times, poverty used to fall in tandem with the jobless rate, reducing the need for food stamps. However, researchers found poverty did not decline as the economy grew in the mid-2000s. In the recovery following the "Great Recession," people receiving food stamps kept rising.

A stronger labor market would reduce the need for food stamps, economists theorized. This new trend suggests rising employment might no longer be enough.

Feeding America, a non-profit group says that 76 percent of SNAP households included a child, an elderly person or a disabled person. These vulnerable households receive 83 percent of all SNAP benefits, which are limited to households with gross income of no more than 130 percent of the federal poverty guideline.

The majority of SNAP households have income well below the maximum. Eighty-three percent have gross income at or below 100 percent of the poverty guideline, $19,530 for a family of three in 2013. These households receive about 91 percent of all benefits, Feeding America said.

A birth foretold: click here to learn more!

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


2014 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for November 2014
Lonely people:
That all who suffer loneliness may experience the closeness of God and the support of others.
Mentors of seminarians and religious: That young seminarians and religious may have wise and well-formed mentors.



Comments


More Politics & Policy

The TOP 10 list of countries where slavery is most prevalent. DO YOU BENEFIT FROM SLAVERY? You might be shocked! Watch

Image of Poor Haitians are commonly enslaved by wealthier family members.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Last week it was announced that some 36 million people around the world live in slavery, a number that is higher than at any time in history. While most Americans feel that slavery is a distant problem, which has little or no effect on their lives, the sad fact is that ... continue reading


Raking in the dough: Obamacare 'architect' worth millions Watch

Image of Jonathan Gruber has a lucrative connection with the Department of Health and Human Services.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Jonathan Gruber's good fortune would make lots of college students change their majors to economics. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, along with his firm Gruber Microsimulation Model has raked in millions. Gruber's chief function is estimating the ... continue reading


Why have Republicans betrayed us to the most anti-life president in history? Mark Levin has an idea Watch

Image of Mark Levin is a Constitutional scholar and commentator.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Two weeks ago, the American people spoke and sent a message to Obama that we did not approve of his style of leadership. Americans gave control of both the House and Senate to Republicans with a clear mandate to put a stop to the rule of the most anti-life, ... continue reading


Reaping what is sown: No immigration reform hurt Democrats in midterms, former president Clinton says Watch

Image of Speaking in an interview with POLITICO's Mike Allen, Clinton was celebrating the 10-year anniversary weekend of the opening of his presidential library in Little Rock.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

A lack of action may have cost President Obama and the Democratic Party big time, former President Bill Clinton says. The Republican victory at midterms earlier this month may have been the result of a lack of action on immigration reform. Clinton says that ... continue reading


'Mook Mafia' said to be heading Hillary Clinton's run for president Watch

Image of Mook is a word used to describe an underling or person with limited intelligence who does as he was told by higher-ups.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

As coined in the 1974 Martin Scorsese film, "Mean Streets," "mook" is the term used by Italian Americans used to denote a "loser." In later years, mook became known as a word used to describe an underling or person with limited intelligence who did as he was ... continue reading


United Nations takes United States to task for legalizing marijuana Watch

Image of The United Nations is taking some states in the United States for legalizing or decriminalizing marijuana use. The U.N. anti-narcotics chief says that these measures are not in concert with international drug conventions.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The United Nations is taking some states in the United States for legalizing or decriminalizing marijuana use. The U.N. anti-narcotics chief says that these measures are not in concert with international drug conventions.  LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) ... continue reading


Federal health care officials scramble to bring health care Web site up to snuff Watch

Image of Throttling would detect overloads sooner and be more efficient than the one long online line federal officials devised last winter. This led to the dreaded

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

While the Obama administration is confident that HealthCare.gov is far more adept this time around in time for open enrollment, there are signs that officials are drawing up contingency plans for any eventuality. These plans will hopefully readily address the ... continue reading


California's Willie Brown advises Hillary Clinton not to bother with presidential run - you will Lose Watch

Image of

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Serving two terms as the mayor of San Francisco, longtime Democrat and California politician has some sage words of advice for Hillary Clinton when it comes to a presidential run in 2016: Don't bother, as you won't win. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - ... continue reading


Republican Tsunami: We Need a Morally Coherent Presidential Candidate Watch

Image of The facts speak for themselves. This was not simply a Republican wave, it was a Tsunami. What will follow in its wake is up to us.

By Keith A. Fournier

The importance of the midterm election cannot be overstated. It was not about political parties. It was about buying some time to hold back the collapse of a culture spinning out of control. The loss of our national moral compass is at the root of every other ... continue reading


Guest Opinion: James Robison on Change We Can Believe In

Image of

By James Robison

God has mercifully given us the opportunity to see our nation awaken and begin the healing process. The runaway train now known to be an out-of-control, excessive, secular progressive (basically socialistic) federal government has at least been slowed, but not ... continue reading


All Politics & Policy News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Revelation 5:1-10
1 I saw that in the right hand of the One sitting on ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 149:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 9
1 Alleluia! Sing a new song to Yahweh: his praise in ... Read More

Gospel, Luke 9:41-44
41 In reply Jesus said, 'Faithless and perverse ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for November 20th, 2014 Image

St. Edmund Rich
November 20: Archbishop of Canterbury England, who battled for discipline and ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter