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Number of Americans depending on Food Stamps continues to grow

The number of Americans who rely on food stamps and other food assistance programs continues to grow.
   
I'm shopping for me, my grandkids and my daughter
For Deborah Brevard, it is a lifeline.
By the time you finished paying for rent and bills, electric you have the food stamps allow you to buy the food.

The same goes for the Johnson family
"Basically they help you out with milk eggs cheese cereal and stuff like that and it's beneficial because you save money on those things."

They are part of a growing number of Americans who use the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP, also known as food stamps - currently 47 million.

And SNAP is just one of 15 nutrition assistance
Including the National School Lunch program, Child and Adult Food Care program and WIC, or Women Infants and Children.

"This is where you pick up the next check."
Rachel Sheffield is a policy analyst with the Heritage Foundation in Washington and says the increase in funding has not led to an increase in self sufficiency for low income Americans,

"It's just been the strategy of the federal government, for decades and we've continued on this same course under the false assumption that more programs and more money equal helping people
Today 101 million people depend on some sort of food assistance.  That's one third of the US population.

But the debate here is Washington continues and at its core an age old question: How to find solutions  that repair the *root* of the problem.
Unable to answer that, the House passed a new version of the Farm Bill, that excludes food stamps entirely.

Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack has a different solution.
If you really concerned about reducing the number of people on SNAP there needs to be a greater focus and accountability to states for the hundreds of millions of dollars we provide them for job training and education."

For some of the most vulnerable Americans it's a part of life
But so many represent a cycle with no end in sight.
   
According to the congressional budget office, spending on the SNAP program alone grew from 35 billion dollars in 2007 to 80 billion in 2012.