What was the impact of the Food Stamp Program?
The Food Stamp Program, piloted in Rochester, New York, soon extended to five additional counties in Ohio, Washington, Alabama, Oklahoma, and Iowa. At its peak, the Food Stamp Program was available in 1,741 counties in the U.S., encompassing nearly two-thirds of the U.S. population. While eligibility standards varied from county to county, the number of enrolled Americans reached 4 million by May 1941. The impacts were particularly profound in urban locations where, by one estimate, food stamps comprised as much as 4% of total food sales.
“The Food Stamp Program: History, description, issues, and options.” United States. Congress. Senate. Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, 1985.
Galleries & Exhibits
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- 21929-1940: America in Crisis and Recovery
- 31945-1965: WWII and the Paradoxes of the Postwar Era
- 41955-1980: The Fight for the Right to Food
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