Food stamps

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The first food stamp program (FSP) originated in 1939, through an idea of Secretary of Agriculture Henry Wallace and Milo Perkins, the program’s first Administrator (USDA, 2013).  The initial implementation of orange food stamps was a way to help individuals buy food at half of the cost.  The program operated by permitting people on relief to buy orange stamps equal to their normal food expenditures; for every $1 worth of orange stamps purchased, 50 cents worth of blue stamps were received (USDA, 2013). The orange stamps were used to buy any type of food; blue stamps were used to buy food determined by the Department to be surplus. Participants bought their food stamps; the Federal government did not fund the FSP (USDA, 2013).  For 4 years during the Depression, the first Food Stamp Program fed 20 million people at one time or another in nearly half of the total counties in the nation.

Excerpt and images from http://hb772.weebly.com/history-of-the-food-stamp-program.html .

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