The Poor Feeding the Poor in America Essay
According to SNAP guidelines, a family of five with no income is eligible to receive $793 per month with which to purchase food. …show more content…
In order to correct this injustice, the United States must find a way to meet the nutritional needs of the underprivileged without raising them to a level of luxury that is unattainable to many of the tax payers who fund the food stamp program. As a country we are morally obligated to ensure that our fellow citizens do not starve. However, we are not obligated to supply them with luxury foods that we cannot afford to purchase for our own families. A very simple solution to this dilemma would be to model the SNAP program after the WIC program.
The WIC program supplies its recipients with a package of foods specifically designed to meet their nutritional needs. Rather than handing the participant what basically amounts to a blank check as the SNAP program does, the WIC program gives its clients a very specific list of healthy, nutritious foods from which to choose. For example, a WIC recipient is able to purchase cereal, but the cereal must contain a minimum of 51% whole grains and must have a fat content of less than 6.5g. In contrast,