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Wed Dec 5, 2018, 08:35 PM

Verdict Is In: Food Stamps Put Poor Kids on Path to Success

By†Peter R. Orszag

https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2018-12-04/verdict-is-in-food-stamps-put-poor-kids-on-path-to-success

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The food stamp program was established on a pilot basis in eight poor counties by President John F. Kennedy in 1961; the pilot was expanded to more than 40 counties in the early 1960s. The Food Stamp Act of 1964 then authorized the creation of a program in every county in the nation, at the countyís option. More and more counties adopted the program, and legislation in 1973 then mandated that every county participate by 1975. So between 1962 and 1975, the program became available in an increasing number of counties.

Itís this gradual rollout that allows the researchers to study the effects of the program, because children living in otherwise similar families either did or didnít receive benefits depending on whether their county voluntarily participated at the time. (The researchers show that county choice seems to be unrelated to other factors that may have substantially affected children living there.)

The economists focus on people born between 1956 and 1981, who were young children when the program was expanding, and who grew up in families with a parent with less than a high school education. They†find†that access to the program as a young child significantly improved economic outcomes and health status as an adult.

In particular, food stamp access as a child was associated with much lower risk of metabolic syndrome as an adult and, especially for women, higher levels of educational attainment and income along with lower participation on means-tested benefit programs. For example, food stamp access during childhood is†linked†to a 5 percentage point reduction in heart disease and an 18 percentage point increase in high school completion rates, compared to those who lacked access.


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Reply Verdict Is In: Food Stamps Put Poor Kids on Path to Success (Original post)
applegrove Wednesday OP
underpants Wednesday #1
Hermit-The-Prog Wednesday #2
PufPuf23 Thursday #3
Major Nikon Thursday #4
PufPuf23 Thursday #5
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Response to applegrove (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2018, 08:42 PM

1. Thank you the last paragraph you posted says a lot

Rev and bookmarked.

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Response to applegrove (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2018, 11:41 PM

2. feed the hungry!

This should be obvious.

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Response to applegrove (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2018, 12:19 AM

3. Food stamps are also a jobs programs.

Subsidized or free food stuffs are produced by farmers, harvested, transported, processed and sold in stores.

Good and humane program as stated in OP with many indirect and long range benefits to society and individuals besides addressing in the immediate hunger and nutrition.

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Response to PufPuf23 (Reply #3)

Thu Dec 6, 2018, 12:22 AM

4. It also provides stability to commodity sales

Which benefits consumers.

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Response to Major Nikon (Reply #4)

Thu Dec 6, 2018, 01:02 AM

5. You are correct. Food stamps are way more than

providing free food to folks that probably don't deserve it or that will sell it for drugs (note sarcasm).

Thanks.

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Response to PufPuf23 (Reply #5)

Thu Dec 6, 2018, 04:18 AM

6. Agree. So many gov't programs have benefits beyond their stated purpose

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