Cuts in food stamps leave many wanting

Monday, November 25, 2013

The Boston Globe -- Local social services agencies already struggling to keep up with the demand for food assistance will never be able to make up for the cut in food stamp benefits detailed in the article “Cut in food stamps brings wide worry” (Page A1, Nov. 18). Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits not only fulfill a crucial need for hundreds of thousands of hungry families in Greater Boston; the nutrition assistance program also affects our overall economy.

Economists have shown that for every dollar that is given through the SNAP program, $1.73 is returned to the economy through other spending. That dollar spent on food has a ripple effect as it helps to pay the salary of the grocery store clerk, the shippers who deliver the goods, and ultimately, the farmers who grow the produce.

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