Why did the Food Stamp Program end?
The Food Stamp Pilot Program ended shortly after the United States entered World War II. Accelerated war production that created thousands of new jobs and the military’s mandatory draft reduced unemployment rates among those relying on food assistance in previous years. The war prompted the federal government to intervene in managing the nation’s food supply, including through rationing and an array of new nutrition and food assistance programs. The federal government ended its funding for the Food Stamp Program in 1943, and it was not revived again until the 1960’s.
Galleries & Exhibits
- 11865-1925: Hunger in the Industrial City
- 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
- 51975-1996: The Unmaking of the Great Society
- 61997-Present: How It Is — And How It Should Be