Looks like my comments in other threads about "welfare programs" being utilized by the "working poor" has more validation here:
SurpriseWhen talking about government nutrition assistance, news stories are often illustrated with images of single mothers of color or older retirees in large urban housing developments. Seldom do the suburbs—the land of cul-de-sacs, strip malls, and minivans—come into play in regards to SNAP.
But increasingly, the ’burbs are becoming the defining image of food stamps. The number of Americans living in suburbs who receive SNAP doubled between 2007 and 2011, and the majority recipients nationwide—55 percent—now live there, according to an analysis of American Community Survey data by the Brookings Institution...
In the wake of the housing bust and the subsequent Great Recession—economic calamities that caused real wages to fall across the board by 2.8 percent as global food prices continue to rise—almost 48 million Americans have received the nutrition benefit. As a result, the value of SNAP benefits have decreased by seven percent during that time, according to a recent report by the USDA.
People who work at low-wage and low-middle-wage positions use Food Stamps and Medicaid (along with personal deficit spending via credit cards) to make ends meet. It not just "welfare mommas" folks, our economy is suffering. Something to consider when members discuss eliminating welfare programs accross the board.