- The Washington Times - Friday, September 6, 2013

The federal government spent more than $80 billion on food stamp programs in 2012, partly to curtail “food insecurity,” according to a government watchdog organization.

A new report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture asserts that “food insecurity remains and very real challenge” before recommending more money for food stamps, Judicial Watch reported:

The new USDA report, authored by agency sociologists, claims that the percentage of U.S. households that were food insecure remained essentially unchanged from 2011 to 2012 despite the funding surge. Furthermore, the government sociologists found that the percentage of households with food insecurity in the severe range—described as very low food security—also was unchanged.

This means that the government must dedicate more money to the already monstrous food stamp budget. “Food insecurity remains a very real challenge for millions of Americans,” USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack says in a statement announcing the report this week. He goes on to tout the study’s findings for underscoring the importance of food stamps to help keep “food insecurity from rising.”

The report defines food security as having “access at all times to enough food for an active, healthy life for all household members.”

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