Food stamps, by and large, don’t solve all our hunger problems, says Mark Bittman, professor of health economics at Yale University.
“It’s just one component of the larger problem of hunger,” he told Business Insider.
Bittmon says that food stamp programs are mostly about “getting more people to eat” and don’t help us eat better, especially if they’re not “really nutritious”.
That’s because food stamps are designed to help people “catch up on their meal payments” by providing food to needy families and individuals who can’t find jobs or don’t have the money to buy their own food.
Bitter feelings The food stamp program is not perfect, Bittmen says.
It is meant to be a lifeline for those in need, but it can be hard to follow.
When I was in school in the late 1990s, there were three times as many students who were on food stamps as there were students who weren’t.
It was a lot of people with very little food to fall back on.
“People were spending their money on things that were going to get them food for the next week or two, so they didn’t want to spend it,” Bittmann says.
That meant many of the students I knew ended up in emergency rooms or in prison because they couldn’t eat enough.
The same thing happened when I was a professor of public health at the University of Texas at Austin in the early 2000s.
“I had to find food for my students who didn’t have money, so I would cook them food,” Bannister says.
Bannisters students often had to wait days or weeks to get their first meal.
That’s when he realized the programs weren’t delivering enough food.
And in the end, the more money they received, the harder it was for them to feed themselves and their families.
“In a way, the food is just the reward for being hungry,” Bithier says.
“That’s what we’re trying to encourage our kids to do.”
Bittmans research has found that food stamps “work” for low-income people who are struggling with chronic illnesses.
But he says that for people who struggle with chronic conditions, the program is unlikely to help them.
For example, Bannissier says that in one of his studies, more than 80 percent of low-wage workers in the US were able to find jobs in the food stamp economy.
“Food stamps don’t work for those people,” Bitter says.
So the idea that food programs are meant to help those in desperate need is a myth, he says.
They’re meant to reward those who have money.
But that’s a myth that is easily disproved, Bitter adds.
The food stamps program is designed to reduce poverty and to help low- to moderate-income families to get back on their feet.
“The fact that people are using the food stamps for these other things that are going to benefit them is just not true,” he says, adding that “there’s a lot more money in the system” for those who need help.
What’s really interesting about Bittms work is that his results “are completely consistent with what we have observed in other research.”
But there are many other studies that support the idea of food stamps not helping those in the most need, Bichter says.
His research shows that people who received food stamps were more likely to smoke and drink, to get into more accidents, and were more obese.
That means “that the program could actually be more of a drain on the government’s coffers than it appears,” he tells Business Insider, and that’s “a big problem”.
Bitts research has also found that “food stamps don [or] can be used to help the food-insecure to get on their way to their goals, or to get away from them and get back to their food-rich friends,” Bichters research concludes.
He’s done some experiments on food stamp recipients to see what happens, but Bitt says that the findings “are not yet conclusive”.
“It would be good to know more about the evidence,” he adds.
Bichiers findings also indicate that food assistance can also increase food waste.
“What we’ve seen is that people in the program are spending more money on food, but the amount that they are actually eating is much less than the amount of money that they spend on their other expenses,” he said.
But Bitt, who co-authored the study that found that people receiving food stamps spend more money overall on other expenses than people who aren’t receiving them, says that this is probably because food stamp households are using more than their share of the money.
“There are probably some other reasons that they’re using less, but I don’t think that’s the