Living On Snap Essay

1063 words - 5 pages

Poverty is a state in which one lacks the financial resources to live a stable way of life that is acceptable in society. The purpose of the living on SNAP experiment is to put our self into another person’s shoes who uses food stamps. Also the purpose of this experiment is to understand the pros and cons of a government designed program such as SNAP and how it helps provide basic resource needs to the many of Americans living in poverty.
While creating my hypothetical family I did not want to have the average American family that consist of a mother, father and multiple children. Instead, I decided to have a single mother, 33 years of age and her daughter 15 years of age. The main income ...view middle of the document...

Then I divided the $977 in half to determine the adjusted income resulting in $488.50. The second to last step was to determine if the shelter cost was more than half of the adjusted income $700 - $488.50 = $211.50. The final step is to subtract the excess amount $977- 211.50 = $699.50. Then multiply the previous total times .3. Since the net income of the family income is less than $1963 allowed for a family of two my household has met the income test and the monthly allotment is $209.85 which rounds up to $210.
The places that I shopped at to spend the $210 of Food Stamps were at Wal-Mart, Rio Grande Supermarket and Save-A lot. I chose Rio Grande Supermarket, Fiesta Supermarket and Save-A lot because you can find cheaper food items at these places than another food store. For example, those three places have good deals on fruits and vegetables. I shopped at Wal-Mart for the meat and sea food items basically I shopped there for the main dinner items. While shopping for food items I started at the cheapest place I thought I could find food items which was Rio Grande Supermarket the I proceeded to Save-A lot , Fiesta Supermarket and finally to Wal-Mart. Before I went shopping for groceries I made my thirty day meal plan which might have helped me know what to buy than instead of just going to the grocery store and just throwing random things into the cart. On the trip to the grocery store in the back of my mind I keep worrying about what if I go over my $210 budget.
Even though this is just an experiment I still felt stress and frustrated about the cost of grocery items in the different stores as if I was actually a recipient of Food Stamps. One thing that frustrated me the most while doing this experiment was making the thirty day meal plan. Breakfast, lunch and dinner every day for thirty days and on top of that I had to follow the healthy food...

Find Another Essay On Living On SNAP

Winslow Homer Essay

809 words - 4 pages painting the children are shown as innocent and a promise of America’s future. Even while portraying the “rural simplicity” of the country in this painting, Homer showed incredible realism in the landscape, trees and wildflowers. The nine boys in this painting a playing a common game of snap the whip, they would pull and yank on each other until they fell down. The 1800 style clothing these boys were wearing clearly illustrated what time they were from

Food Stamps: Should They Be Limited?

2458 words - 10 pages hunger” (Montgomery). This statement means that Food Stamps are there to help a recipient out whenever they cannot make ends meet for a temporary time frame until they can ‘get on their feet’ once again and support themselves and their family. I know of some people who are completely dependent upon their Food Stamps, living check to check as provided by the government. This is not what SNAP had in mind and have had to amplify their budgets to be

Why Give 1.4 Billion Dollars to Other Countries?

1597 words - 7 pages assistance in the form of SNAP benefits and other federal aid programs but, it is still not enough. The House and Senate are working to get food stamps reduced by billions of dollars. Kevin Concannon who is the undersecretary for food, nutrition and consumer services at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, states that seven million Americans rely on food stamps as their only option of income. Another federal aid program is WIC. This WIC program gives

Relationship Between Poverty and Obesity

1622 words - 6 pages Does low socioeconomic status bear a significant role in the obesity epidemic? A national survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2010) estimated that more than two-thirds of Americans are now overweight or obese (body mass index of over 30), and the percentage is escalating. The Census Bureau (2011) reported 46.2 million people in America are currently living beneath the official poverty line. The official poverty

poverty in america

1279 words - 6 pages not be able to keep power on or pay your rent. Loss of job really causes tight situated because when you lose your job you can no longer pay the bills, and when the money you have saved if you have any saved doesn’t last forever. Eviction by family is a big problem to teens today because when they turn 18 their parents that have not taught them anything about living in the real world then they kick them out and provide no help. In the Untied

Food Stamps: Waste of Taxpayer’s Money

1355 words - 5 pages Food Stamps: Waste of Taxpayer’s Money Food stamps, also known as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, (S.N.A.P) became a permanent federal assistance on January 31, 1964 under the presidency of Lyndon B. Johnson with the purpose of reducing hunger and malnutrition in the United States (“A Short History of SNAP”). Low-income families and individuals that qualify for this federal assistance can buy food every month in the form of an

Food Security Through the Irish Potato Famine

2281 words - 9 pages they must feed. After deducting certain expenses from the household income, SNAP looks at how much money this family has left to spend on food and other needs. If it is not enough for the amount of people living in the house, SNAP then grants them assistance to buy nutritious foods. This is a great program to help food security at the household and individual level. It provides people with the nutrients they need since they may not be getting it

shrimp

1308 words - 6 pages discovered that the sound came from the collapsing of the small bubbles generated by the closing motion. (American Association For The Advancement Of Science, 2000) The claw stays open until the muscle that manages the snap is closed. A powerful jet stream of water that has been known to travel up to 60 mph shoots out. The snapping sounds reaches 218 decibels. Our eardrum ruptures at whooping 150 decibels. The snap of the shrimp generates an

The Federal Minimum Wage: To Raise or not to Raise?

1203 words - 5 pages , employees must raise their status and education level. However, there must always be a bottom, and the further down you start, the harder it is to increase your status. It is difficult to raise yourself up by your bootstraps if you cannot afford the bootstraps to begin with. Raising the minimum wage would also save taxpayers money in the long run. Low wage workers are the most likely to be on public assistance programs such as SNAP, and studies

Measuring Poverty Through the Eyes of the Great Society

1445 words - 6 pages measuring poverty through poverty guidelines and thresholds. Independent Variables: Selected federal programs from the Great Society (HUD, TANF, the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964, and SNAP) Dependent Variables: Poverty In this particular study, African Americans from small communities where poverty exist will be used to test my hypothesis to see what effects did these selected federal programs have on their community. The history of poverty in

Illegal Immigration and The Use of Social Services: Myths and Facts

1082 words - 4 pages I think it’s time that we open our eyes to the reality that illegal immigrants come to our country only with the illusion of reaching an "American Dream, " and as a taxpayer it is natural to defend the sources that we all have contributed to. Especially, when it comes to intruders who come to our country to take the things that belong to the people from our nation, but are illegal immigrants coming to this country to bulge on all the social

Similar Essays

Analysis Of The Snap Program

1809 words - 7 pages millions of people. This caused an increase in the number of low-income households, which also increased the amount of families and individuals who applied and qualified for help through SNAP. The 2009 Recovery Act also increased SNAP benefits. The 2009 Recovery Act was signed by President Obama on February 17, 2009. This act was passed to put forth an effort to inspire our economy, create and save jobs, and recognize the long-neglected

Food Stamps Essay

1077 words - 5 pages .” Increased from last year, although there are many factors that contribute to poverty today. Atlanta’s efforts rise in poverty, as food stamp cuts and backlogging shortens local incentives in the Atlanta community, which needs to reform policies as spending, and enrollment responsibility. To help those struggling in our community to actively be aware of what is going on in the community. The supplemental nutrition assistance program –SNAP

America Needs Welfare Reform Essay

2257 words - 9 pages effort to find a job or go to school. Generally if a person qualifies for TANF, he or she will also qualify for SNAP benefits and Medicaid to help supplement his or her income. Welfare programs including TANF and SNAP benefits are examples of nontaxable income. A person receiving both TANF and SNAP benefits could be living much more comfortably than someone working thirty-five hours per week making $10 per hour and not have to pay taxes on the

Food Stamps Essay

1206 words - 5 pages include junk foods as eligible items for purchase with food stamps. “Congress had considered placing limits on the types of foods purchased with program benefits. However concluded that designating items as luxury or non-nutritious would be administratively costly and burdensome.” The link lead to reasons why they will not to it, it basically explains they do not want to put in the time and effort to improve the program. Through the years the SNAP