The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) lifted 4 million Americans out of poverty in 2012 and reduced hardship for millions more. Nearly 75 percent of SNAP participants are families with children. More than 25 percent are in households with seniors or people with disabilities.
If wealth disparity continues to increase in the United States, we can only expect that poverty and the need for food assistance will increase even more. In spite of this, Congress has made several attempts to cuts SNAP benefits, including a proposal that would cut SNAP benefits for 4 million people.
The World Bank has set a goal to end extreme poverty by 2013. This is a bold but achievable goal — if the political will can be garnered to get it done. There are more than enough resources in the world for every person to have adequate food, housing, and health care. But elected officials will only move to change the economic policies that perpetuate poverty if their constituents demand it.
RESULTS is a public advocacy organization that create long-term solutions to poverty by supporting programs that address its root causes: lack of access to medical care, education, and economic opportunity. Here's how you can get involved: