SOCIAL POLICY ROLE OF FOOD ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS
James R. Storey
No 284004, 1976 Annual Meeting, August 15-18, State College, Pennsylvania from American Agricultural Economics Association (New Name 2008: Agricultural and Applied Economics Association)
In fiscal 1977, the Federal Government will spend $9.2 billion on food stamps and child nutrition programs.These benefits represent the bulk of Government's direct efforts to improve nutrition. But viewed more generally, these programs are only a few among many federal mechanisms for transferring income from one group of people to another to improve the recipients I financial status. Food programs account for only 5 percent of all such transfer payments, but food assistance constitutes a higher proportion of benefits (24 percent) directed to low-income groups. Thus, food assistance is a very important element in federal income support.
Keywords: Food; Security; and; Poverty (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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