The Columbus Dispatch : Food aid touted as economic tonic

Are food stamps actually stimulating the economy? Some argue that yes, they are. For every dollar the government invests in the food assistance program, the economy receives $1.73. This makes food stamps seem like an awfully good economic investment. They also ease the burden on overwhelmed food banks, prompting some Ohio food banks to hire outreach workers to ensure that those who are qualified are receiving their benefits. But some economists argue that the immediate benefits are not worth the long-term growth, i.e. the cost of the program, which will likely be paid by future taxpayers. What do you think about the issue?

 

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Filed under Advocacy, Food Bank, Hunger & Food Security, Poverty

2 responses to “The Columbus Dispatch : Food aid touted as economic tonic

  1. Janna

    I’ve read this post someplace else a while back, and I do agree. Food aid can really help the economy. It can help people buy healthier food for cheap, and every dollar spent equates to $1.73 more for the economy.

  2. Imee

    Yeah, I’ve read about this a while back, and I believe it. I do think it’s worth shelling out money if for every dollar you get $1.73 back to the economy.

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