While my family might be used as an example for a success story, Food Stamps are not necessarily easy to obtain. While a single mother might be able to hold a job, that specific job could only be paying minimum wage. This is not enough to pay the bills, and if it is, the bills are paid first and food usually falls last. Food being last on the priority list, in most occurrences, leads to stopping by the nearest fast food chain for a couple of dollar menu items, therefore raising the obesity rates in the U.S. But that is a separate issue. Jobs that pay minimum wage will oftentimes qualify as making “too much money” by government standards, which denies the benefit of food stamps. Some ways to combat this scenario would be to base food stamp eligibility on amount of hours worked per week, rather than amount made each hour.
On the other side of the argument, many working class Americans argue that too many people abuse the system. It has been reported that some may qualify for food stamps, and then go on to sell them for cash instead of using them to their false “benefit”. This deters people actually in need of government assistance from receiving the help they need to feed their families. A solution might be to drug test applicants for Food Stamps, to ensure that addiction might not be a factor in how badly assistance is needed. Of course it is always hard to pinpoint fraudulent behavior, but if our government is more aware of patterns of drug arrests as correlated to people receiving some form of welfare, the system might become more beneficial and concise to everyone involved.