The federal government has been making the case that, with food stamps, “everyone wins,” according to literature meant to promote the federal social welfare program. The argument is that accepting food stamp benefits helps to promote economic growth for the communities hosting those recipients.

“Each $5 dollars in new SNAP benefits generates almost twice that amount in economic activity for the community,” states the federal government pamphlet. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is the official name of the food stamps program.

“Everyone wins when eligible people take advantage of benefits to which they are entitled,” states the pamphlet, which is written and distributed by the United States Department of Agriculture, the federal entity responsible for the program.

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