September 16, 2013
Over the summer, lawmakers successfully decoupled food stamps—officially the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program—from farm subsidies. They now have an opportunity to reform the broken food stamps program, which has lax eligibility standards and no work requirements.
Heritage Foundation expert Rachel Sheffield describes what reform would look like:
The key element of food stamp reform is to establish a strong work requirement, similar to the one put into place in the 1996 welfare reform. Able-bodied adult recipients of aid funded by the taxpayers should be required to work, prepare for work, or look for work in exchange for receiving assistance.
Any reform should also ensure lawmakers aren’t again tempted to link food stamps and agriculture policies.
Do you think food stamps need reform?