Today’s New York Times reports that 28 million low-income Americans will be getting Food Stamps this year, the largest number ever. The headline sums up the reasons: vanishing jobs and higher prices. The cost to taxpayers: $36 billion, and rising. The Food Stamp program, worth an average of less than $100 per month per person, is the USDA’s main contribution to the safety net for low-income adults. Its other big food assistance program, WIC (for Women, Infants, and Children), is also under pressure. WIC is not an entitlement so whatever Congress allots for it is all there is. Why do I think we will be hearing a lot about the inadequacies of federal food assistance this year?
I’m on a panel for the NYAS’s conference on Conflicts of Interest in Healthcare: Opportunities for Self-Reflection and Action, June 24-25. Location: 7 World Trade Center. 250 Greenwich St, 40th Floor. Information and registration are here. My panel is on the 25th at 10:45 a.m. , Session VI: Hot topic discussion: getting to the truth in nutrition science. Other panelists are Mona Calvo fro Penn State, Mehmood Khan from Life Biosciences, and Linda Van Horn from Northwestern. Moderator is Julia Belluz from Vox.