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May 08, 2011
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SNAP Government Program
On October 1, 2008, the Food Stamp Program officially became the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) which assisted 43 million Americans at that time 2.5 years ago when the program changed. The reason for the change to SNAP was because of the benefits that are now available to assist a broader range of households in the United States (Center on Budget and Policy Priorities 2011). According to the United States Department of Agriculture, the first food stamp program was offered a limit of $75 million to Americans on January 31, 1964 when President Johnson approved it for a permanent program for families that qualified that was successful (2009).
One of the main reasons for this program is to offer benefits depending on the needs of family and people must meet the requirements in order to receive help (Center on Budget and Policy Priorities 2011). The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities states SNAP looks at a family's total monthly income and number of people in the home, the net income after deductions for people working in the home, and a family's assets may not exceed a certain amount in order to be accepted in the program (2011). Technology has made it easier for people who receive these benefits because people are now issued debit cards, they can always talk to their own case worker in their county of residence, and each month they will receive the funds on their EBT cards and can easily call and check their accounts.