Two Government Programs Assisting The Working Poor



The safety programs of America are designed to protect vulnerable families from poverty and provide assistance in case someone falls on hard times. These include things like health insurance, food stamps, housing subsidies, etc. here in this article, we have mentioned two government programs assisting the working poor.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

SNAP, or the Food Stamps Program, provides eligible people with a benefits card to buy food at designated grocery stores and farmer’s markets. They receive $133 monthly on average.

In addition to SNAP, The Special Supplemental Food Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) is a federal nutrition program that provides food or vouchers to pregnant women and their children up until the age of six. In 2017 there were 7 million recipients every month!

For school-aged children, The Child Nutrition Program provides free or reduced-cost lunches to 30 million children. The U.S Department of Agriculture, through its agency, the National School Lunch Act and Women Infants Children (WIC) program, as well as via SNAP benefits, do their part in ensuring that every student has access to nutritious food at school each day!


TANF is a U.S Department of Health and Human Services program that provides cash assistance to low-income families and other benefits such as child care or job training.

In 2017, 2.5 million recipients received income from TANF, and of these, 1.9 million were children- on average, a three-person family got $447 per month despite all their help, they still live below the poverty line due to not owning more than two thousand dollars total assets. 

If another child is added into this household then there’s no chance for additional assistance because it would be seen as having too much wealth.

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