The Farm Bill under debate in the U.S. Senate this week doesn’t just impact farmers. Eighty percent of its funds go to the program that provides food stamps. The Senate proposal would reduce funds to the program over ten years.
It's no secret more Americans are relying on food stamps, but host Michel Martin looks at why those applying for government aid with master's and Ph.D degrees have more than doubled in recent years. Martin speaks with Stacey Patton, a reporter with The Chronicle of Higher Education, and Tony Yang, who is unemployed and holds a doctorate degree.
The Georgia Senate passed a bill that would require food stamp recipients pursue “personal or professional development” to retain their state benefits. The legislation is aimed at encouraging self-sufficiency and accountability.
A state Senate committee met Monday to discuss a bill that would require people on food stamps who haven’t graduated from high school to take educational training. Currently over 60 percent of Georgia's food stamp recipients lack a high school diploma.
Dwindling jobs and the lingering economic slowdown have led to a big jump in the number of Georgians on food stamps. US Agriculture Department officials say, there are now 1.8 million people receiving food stamps in the state, a 42% rise from two years ago. Those numbers leave out people eligible for but not using the benefit.