The federal food stamp program serves 50,000 residents of Seminole County Florida. What is the impact on our community? How do recipients qualify? David Jeczala, of the Florida Department of Children & Families, discusses the facts & the function of the program. Heidi, a senior citizen, talks about her struggle to stretch her budget using food pantries. (length 25:29).
This podcast explores the food stamp program as it affects Seminole County FL. David Jeczala gives facts, figures and answers questions about how the food stamp program is implemented.
Also included is a conversation with Heidi Van Wegnen a senior citizen, disabled by a work accident. She goes weekly to the Hope Helps food pantry in Oviedo to receive groceries. The Hope pantry and other such charities are supplied by donations and serve hundreds of families in the east Seminole County area.
The Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program or SNAP is the federally funded food assistance benefit provided to eligible low income citizens. In 2013, more that 15% of the U.S. population receives these benefits under the program operated by the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture. Half of all households receiving food stamps have children, 15% of recipients are elderly, and 37% are white, 22% are African American and 10% are Hispanic. Persons eligible for food stamps receive an Electronic Benefits Transfer card or EBT card which acts like a debit card to purchase only groceries in a store or supermarket.
Between 2005 and 2012 during the nation’s economic downturn the cost of the food stamp program increased from $29 billion to $75 billion.
David Jeczala with Desta Horner
Length – 29:16