EPIC Food Stamp Resources

The story of the food stamp program is one of expanding enrollment, higher spending, benefit payments growing faster than inflation, little work by recipients, and ultimately, a greater dependence on taxpayers.

Congress should continue the important work of welfare reform to encourage opportunity rather than the long-term dependency promoted by the status quo.

Below are the resources you need to understand how the food stamp program works and how it can be improved to achieve better outcomes.


Issue Briefs

Food Stamps: A Culture of Dependency
A data-driven overview of the Food Stamp program.

Strengthen Food Stamp Work Requirements to Promote Opportunity
13 million able-bodied adults received Food Stamp benefits on average between 2017 and 2019, yet 62% of these work-capable recipients did not work at all.

Biden’s Unilateral Food Stamp Benefit Increase
The Biden Administration unilaterally increased Food Stamps 21% above inflation in 2021, costing taxpayers $300 billion and driving inflation higher.

Weakening Work Requirements: The Fiscal Responsibility Act Changes to Food Stamps
The Fiscal Responsibility Act (FRA) of 2023 weakened work requirements in the Food Stamp program, which will trap more work-capable adults in dependence.


Resources

EPIC Explainer: The $1 Trillion Welfare Bureaucracy
The welfare bureaucracy often fails to achieve positive outcomes for those in need.

Comparing Proposals to Strengthen Food Stamp Work Requirements for Able-Bodied Adults
Compare and contrasts legislative proposals with current law.

The Food Stamp Chartbook
Includes 32 charts, maps, and tables about the Food Stamp program.


One Pagers


Regulatory Comment

EPIC Regulatory Comment on the USDA Rule Implementing Fiscal Responsibility Act Changes to the Food Stamp Program


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