Food Stamps and Wic

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Food Stamps and WIC
Welfare Reform and the Effect on the Family

Tracey Denise Battle

Strayer University


With the problems going on with unemployment in the US, we need to help the poor but we also need to monitor those who are receiving the help. To eliminate the frauds or those who are not trying to find work There is too much abuse and scamming with food stamps to even tolerate that program, it's corrupt and throws money away (Dave, 2009). WIC was established in 1972 as part of an initiative to help improve the nutrition of low income women and children (USDA, 2008a). The program was formerly known as the Special Supplemental Food Program for Women, Infants, and Children. The name was changed in 1994 under the Healthy Meals for Healthy Americans Act (USDA, 2008a). Only the name change and the program was essentially the same as it was in the past. However, with a small amount of intervention WIC and Food Stamps could return to the ethics that created them. The (USDA, 2008b) states the following: "Under this program, the state provides vouchers for participants to use at authorized food stores. Vouchers can only use them for foods that are considered nutritionally sound for the mother and child. The program plays an essential part in helping to lower Medicaid costs for women and children in the program. Since its beginning, the program has helped to lower Medicaid costs, and has been linked to longer gestation periods, higher birth weights, and lower infant mortality.”

Welfare reform and the Effect on the Family
This government sponsored program significantly improves low-income families’ ability to purchase food through using your (Electronic Benefits Transfer) card which is the identification card for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program / Food Stamp Program, which is issued the first three days of every month. The SNAP/ Food Stamp Program are...
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