47 millions Americans are getting food stamps. That's one in seven US citizens and it's putrid.
Before food stamps and concurrent with food stamps for awhile there was the surplus commodities program. The federal gov't bought up surplus food that was distributed to the needy. My Dad had a contract with USDA to distribute commodities. i ran the route for him when home on leave from the Army.
Surplus commodities included cheese, powdered milk, honey, flour, corn meal canned meat and just about everything else a family needed except for condiments. The politicians in DC stopped buying that surplus food and started giving money to farmers.
The WIC (Women, Infants and Children) program came into being in 1972. For budgeting, food stamps and WIC are all tied in with farm welfare. The farm welfare programs are also sorry: 80 percent of the farm welfare money goes to ten percent of fat cat farmers and agribusinesses.
i know a farmer who gets $200,000 taxpayer dollars every year for doing exactly nothing. Every year he buys a new DuraMax and his wife gets a new Escalade courtesy of US taxpayers. He ran out of pasture this year and wanted to buy hay from me: A huge old barn on my place was full of hay from having it cut on the shares for several years: Now it's empty. i got a big chunk of his farm welfare money this year.