By Ben Schneider
During this Thanksgiving season, many families are adjusting to reduced food stamp (SNAP) benefits caused by expiring funds from the Recovery Act. And further cuts may be on the way, as the budget conference committee considers SNAP changes as part of the Farm Bill. Some feel more cuts are necessary because even though the employment picture is improving, SNAP participation continues to grow. However, this trend matches that of the 2001 recession, when SNAP enrollments increased, while underemployment declined, for a full three years after the official end of the recession.
How do you want Congress to fund SNAP as it works on the current budget?
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