1 in 3 Americans Received Food Aid Last Year

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Nearly one-third of Americans received government-funded food aid in 2012, according to a new report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

As Heritage Foundation expert Robert Rector has explained, there are roughly a dozen federal food assistance programs operating today. The USDA reports that 59 percent of households that participated in one of the four largest food assistance programs—food stamps, school breakfasts, school lunches, and WIC—end up receiving benefits from “two or more programs.” This indicates significant duplication, “providing participants total benefits in excess of 100 percent of daily nutritional needs.”

The welfare system also operates many means-tested welfare programs beyond food assistance. The federal government funds roughly 80 welfare programs, including 12 providing social services, 12 educational assistance programs, and 11 housing assistance programs—at a cost of nearly $1 trillion a year.

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