Column: Food stamps still important part of safety net

A lot has happened in the 50 years since President Lyndon Johnson signed the Food Stamp Act of 1964 into law. We’ve elected eight presidents, watched our population grow and shift, gained knowledge about health and nutrition, enjoyed economic booms and survived recessions.

Through it all, food stamps have been there, steadfastly providing better nutrition to hungry Americans.

Though the Food Stamp Act has been amended often since 1964, we celebrate it for taking a successful pilot program and giving it ongoing legislative authority to provide food-purchasing assistance to our nation’s most vulnerable people. Today’s incarnation of food stamps, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), is older, wiser and more experienced than it was a half-century ago. Like America, the program still has room for improvement, but it has adapted well to meet the ever-changing needs of our society.


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