The faces of food stamps

A photo essay

August 10, 2012

The Food & Environment Reporting Network recently ran a photo essay titled "The Faces of Food Stamps," showing real people who rely on food stamps to eat.

As reporter Malia Wollan noted, “For nearly 50 million Americans living in poverty — the highest in more than half a century — getting a meal on the table isn’t easy. Some have been chronically poor, but many are the newcomers to federal food assistance — recent veterans, college graduates, once-middle-class families in suburbia, and farm workers, who never imagined they would learn what hunger felt like.”

Given that food stamps are on the chopping block in the Farm Bill currently snailing its way through Congress, it’s a good time to put faces on those stamps.

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