Food Stamps Research Paper

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While regulations exist in the United States society to determine who needs food stamps and when those families need them, the abuse of this federal program still occurs. Assistance to needy families is crucial and normally temporary with the exceptions of those who use the program as a way of life. All 50 states have many different variations of regulations for food stamps. In Oklahoma, the federal program for assistance for food is called SNAP. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. It allows families on a low income to buy nutritious food with an Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card at authorized food stores that allow EBT (Oklahoma Department of Human Services). In Oklahoma, to be considered eligible for SNAP you must meet the following requirements. U.S Citizen Unemployed Adults 18 to 50 Meet income standards (As listed below) Social Security number for all members included Additionally, your household size and income must the following limits. Gross Income $1,265.00 $1,705.00 $2,144.00 $2,584.00 $3,024.00 $3,464.00 Household Size 1 2 3 4 5 6 …show more content…

Fraud is on the rise and this is how it happens. Those with food stamp cards use them for phony purchases. The cashier rings up the bogus purchases, and then provides cash equal to the purchase amount. (The Oklahoman Editorial Board) When the New York post conducted on open records review of 200 million EBT records from June 2011 to July 2012 it found welfare recipients use their cards to make cash purchases at Porn Shops, Strip Clubs, and Bars. In 2012, the Los Angeles times reported that debit cards with welfare funds were used to withdraw $4.3 million in casinos and $12,000 in strip clubs. For the average taxpayer, intent on working for a living and paying their taxes as required by law, withdraws of this type are truly

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