Children who hail from families with modest incomes will receive an increased amount of food stamps to use throughout the summer. But not in these states, part 2 of the argument

In spite of this, Waxman stated that it is unfair that some of the most disadvantaged children in the country would not receive the same advantages as children in states that are next to them.

"It's really unfortunate, because we've learned that you can make a big dent in childhood food insecurity, and now we've lost that progress, we're going backwards," according to Waxman.

According to Shaefer, the news that came out from the USDA this week is only one example of how Americans have uneven access to the same government assistance programs based on which state they reside in.

He made the comment, "It's not just food assistance, it's so many different things," drawing attention to the fact that Medicaid payments, minimum wages, and unemployment benefits varies from one state to the next. "This disparity is expanding across all of our policies."

Historically, some states have allowed higher-income families to qualify for regular SNAP benefits, while others have not. The current method of calculating poverty is inaccurate and fails to capture the true extent of the financial hardships experienced by many Americans, according to Waxman. As a result, some states allow families to earn incomes much over the poverty threshold and nonetheless remain eligible.

According to Waxman, many of the states that have opposed expanding summer SNAP to more children are also among those who have the lowest income requirements for SNAP eligibility.

Sheafer noted that the U.S. enhanced its child tax credit during the COVID-19 epidemic, treating all lower and medium income kids equally, resulting in the lowest child poverty rate ever. He said that the U.S. government treats all seniors equally when paying social security payments, another governmental program.

According to USDA data, 10 of the 15 states whose governors rejected the new USDA summer food aid program had greater hunger rates than the national average in 2022.

Waxman and Gupta said administrative difficulties on state personnel may also affect whether a state opts into the USDA's new summer SNAP program. Gupta said policymakers across believe numerous states that didn't opt in for 2024 may opt in for 2025 after further preparation.

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