Kevin Drum at Mother Jones nicely defends the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program from Fox News’s latest poorly sourced and exaggerated attack on our efforts to help our neighbors eat. The feds have done good work in reducing fraud and waste.
SNAP participation is trending down in 39 states and the District of Columbia. South Dakota is among those decliners. The Bureau of Finance and Management charts our food stamp enrollment since FY2012:
South Dakota households and individuals on food stamps have trended down each year since 2013. The most recent data from October show about 95,000 South Dakotans on SNAP. That’s one in nine of our neighbors getting our help in putting food on the table.
Related Relief: On the private-sector side of helping hungry people, Feeding South Dakota has received a pledge to match dollar for dollar every donation received between now and December 31, up to $10,000. Turn your Christmas change into food for your neighbors by donating to Feeding South Dakota online.