The food stamp program is an important safety net aimed at ensuring that those who are down on their luck don’t go hungry.
According to an Associated Press story published in last Wednesday’s Optic, 420,000 New Mexicans receive food stamps, with roughly half of them being children. The average benefit is $265 a month, which really isn’t a lot considering the cost of food these days.
Still, we applaud Gov. Susana Martinez and her administration for their proposal to re-impose and broaden work related requirements in order to qualify for food stamps.
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