USDA has just published its latest overview of US food assistance.
Here’s what this is about:
These percentages apply to total USDA spending on 15 domestic food and nutrition assistance programs: $98.6 billion in FY 2017.
The bottom line: expenditures are down and have been declining for the past 4 years. $98.6 billion is 4% less than in 2016 and nearly 10% less than the all-time high of $109.2 billion set in FY 2013.
Note: The prevalence of food insecurity has not changed.
Although USDA attributes the drop to improvements in the economy, the prevalence of food insecurity has not changed.
Therefore, we have to ask: Could tougher eligibility requirements and application procedures have anything to do with this?