How food stamp cuts hurt us all in NC


Published: November 1, 2013       

By Alan Briggs
For 35 years, the food stamp program stood as an example of bipartisan collaboration. Congressional leaders in its creation were political opposites Bob Dole and George McGovern. It would be a sad blow to that legacy for this Congress to eviscerate it.

Food stamps are not a support system.They are an assistance program. The average monthly benefit in North Carolina is $121.37 a person, roughly $1.35 per meal. Not a lot you might think, but for many it means filling a prescription and having a meal, paying the heating bill and having a meal or being able to put gas in the car and having a meal.

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