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Legislators frequently propose that people who receive safety net benefits such as SNAP (formerly food stamps) or Medicaid be required to do paid or unpaid work in exchange. The most recent proposals include stricter work requirements for SNAP participants and introducing requirements for people who receive Medicaid or housing assistance.
Bread for the World has always argued that work is the surest way out of poverty. It is a cornerstone of our society that all adults who can work, should work. But do work requirements lead to the kind of jobs that pay enough to lift people out of poverty?
So far, the most successful work programs have been voluntary programs that combine employment and education. There is little data, because most such programs have been small, underfunded, and not followed up with careful evaluation.
Work requirements may be acceptable, but only if serious penalties apply only to people who are offered jobs and refuse them without a valid reason.
“As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him and established in faith.” These words from Colossians 2:6 remind us of the faith that is active in love for our neighbors.
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The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is designed to respond to changes in need, making it well suited to respond to crises such as the COVID-19 pandemic.
Bread for the World and its partners are asking Congress to provide $200 million for global nutrition in the fiscal year 2020 budget.
In 2017, 11.8 percent of households in the U.S.—40 million people—were food-insecure, meaning that they were unsure at some point during the year about how they would provide for their next meal.