Essay On Food Stamps

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IRWP Food stamps have been America’s first line of defense against hunger since 1977. The program has helped countless people put food on the table and get out of poverty. Especially because of the recent economic problems, many people struggle to support themselves, let alone feed themselves and their families. We should allow the food stamp program to continue because it ensures people will get the nutrition they need, helps people put food on the table, boosts local economies, and supports those who are on a low budget. In her article “Food Stamps Should Be Expanded”, Linda Bopp states “More than 25 million Americans, including at least 13 million children, are not able to meet the most fundamental of human needs.” How can 25 million people go without food when America is one of the wealthiest and developed nations in the world? Over half of those Americans are children. We should be ashamed to allow our neighbors to suffer. Food stamps provide…show more content…
President Franklin Roosevelt once said, “The lessons of history … show conclusively that continued dependence upon relief induces a spiritual and moral disintegration destructive to the national fiber. To dole out relief in this way is to administer a narcotic, a subtle destroyer of the human spirit.” FDR is comparing food stamps to drugs, saying food stamps create dependencies, and are bad for Americans and the spirit of the nation. However, Larkin Warren, a mother that was once on welfare, responds by saying that applying for government benefits was her taking responsibility for her family, not taking handouts so she can depend on the government. She used the benefits she received to get her life back on track. Those benefits essentially saved her life during a difficult time. She boldly adds, “Anyone waiting for me to apologize shouldn’t hold their

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