the point of the post was that the states were using a food stamp eligibility system to encourage and support work and not dependency.
the other point was that by not raising the asset limit (assets include the car needed to get to a job) that children of poor families would be at greater risk of malnutrition and assorted health problems.
this is why adequate nutrition is important for improving the long term outcomes for families: http://www.fns.usda.gov/cnd/lunch/ab...%20history.pdf
hunter was vitally concerned with hunger,
particularly among the children in poor
families. " . . . but the poverty of any family
is likely to be most serious at the very time
when the children most need nurture, when
they are most dependent, and when they are
obtaining the only education which they are
ever to receive. guidance and supervision of
the parents are impossible because they must
work; the nurture is insufficient because there
are too many hungry mouths to feed; learning
is difficult because hungry stomachs and
languid bodies and thin blood are not able to
feed the brain.
john spargo's [font=cgtimes,italic]the bitter cry of the
children. [font=cgtimes]like hunter, spargo dwelt
extensively upon the misfortunes of children
and the effect of malnourishment upon their
physical and mental well-being. he estimated,
[font=cgtimes]mrs. duane mowry, [font=cgtimes,italic]pennv lunches in milwaukee
[font=cgtimes], american city 4 (6), p. 283-288.
after very careful study, that "not less thanabsolute waste.''
2,000,000 children of school age in the united
states are the victims of poverty which denies
them common necessities, particularly
adequate nourishment.... such children are in
very many cases incapable of successful
mental effort, and much of our national
expenditure for education is in consequence an
in a new york city study of 50
malnourished children aged 2 to 9, it was
found after improving their nutritional level
over a one to three-and-one-half year period,
that their iq's rose by an average of 18
points. no such change occurred in a wellnourished