Food Stamp Flummox

USDA concerned that states aren’t allocating food stamps properly.

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Many states are not effectively managing food stamp programs, according to a letter from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to state administrators. The USDA has found that food stamp programs, designed to supply food to low-income Americans, have not nearly met enrollment requirements in at least a dozen states. In 2007 only 18 states enrolled 70 percent or more of those eligible for government assistance. In Wyoming and California, fewer than 50 percent of those eligible enrolled in the program.