Food Policy Analysis

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Analyzing the Food Policy The social policy I will be analyzing in this paper is the food policy, which could also be called the hunger policy. This policy was put in place to not just to feed the hungry, but to provide nutritional food for them and prevent malnutrition and hunger. The social problems related to this policy are hunger and food insecurity. According to Blau (2007) this policy brought on three social changes, food programs, farm overpopulation and a rise in private charity contribution. There are many thoughts and ideas surrounding these food programs, such as the idea of voluntarism. The history of this social problem can be traced back to 1939 and this policy has caused a social movement of diversity. According…show more content…
Food assistance programs were put in place by the government, the school system, public and private non profit organizations, daycares and food pantries (Blau, Abramovitz, 2004, 2007). The most common food program is Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), also called food stamps ( Food stamps made its first appearance in 1939, but only survived until the time of war and employment was increased and eliminated this helpful program (Blau, Abramovitz, 2004, 2007). This program was created to helps low-income people and families purchase nutritious food to prevent hunger and promote a healthy eating style ( SNAP is funded by the federal government and offered to persons living 130% of the poverty line. This percent is the standard for most of the programs offered for food assistance. Another very common program is WIC, 1972, which is a nutritious program offered to pregnant women, infants and children until the age of 5 years (Blau, Abramovitz, 2004, 2007).This program is funded by the federal government and is offered to person living 185% of the poverty line. This program has the highest income bracket out of all the food programs (Blau, Abramovitz, 2004, 2007). Eligible applicants are given monthly vouchers that allow them to purchase milk, eggs, cheese, 100% juice, certain nutritious cereal and peanut butter or beans. While conducting my research I noticed that WIC differs from SNAP tremendously. With SNAP everything is done by household, but WIC recipients are on an individual basis, both the pregnant mother and child receive their own vouchers, WIC requires that your keep updated medical work on yourself, if pregnant, and for all children receiving the benefit. It seems to me that even though both programs are supposed to promote nutritious

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