Over at CityLab, there is a great, easy-to-digest, visually appealing explanation of what SNAP, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, actually does for the citizens of the United States who live in poverty. If you are among those who believe SNAP should be discontinued because it’s being abused or it costs too much, I urge you to take a look.
But even if you know that SNAP is one of the most important social programs in this country, and believe in its mission, you should check out the article, too. Being able to afford nutritious food is only one part of the equation. Poverty is complex, multi-layered, and prevalent in every state in America, and every segment of society is affected by it, except for the 1%, who are currently in charge of deciding whether SNAP is worth saving. So if you’re feeling an us vs. them vibe about those who live in poverty, you might want to rethink that.
So head over and check it out: “Grocery Shopping in America While Poor; How The Other Half Eats”.