Food Stamp Inflation Adjustment Lags, Resulting in Inadequate Benefits
Publication Date: July 2008
Author(s): Dorothy Rosenbaum
Special Collection: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Keywords: Economic projections; Income diversity; Household income; Food costs
The economic slowdown has coincided with a sharp increase in food prices, exacerbating hardship for many low-income families also facing high gas prices. Unfortunately, during periods of rapid food inflation, the Food Stamp Program’s current inflation adjustment rules do not ensure that needy families and individuals receive sufficient support to obtain a nutritionally adequate diet.