What year did food stamps start?


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A pilot Food Stamp Program was initiated in 1961, and in 1964 the proposed act was passed by congress and allowed each state to create eligibility requirements and regulations for food stamp use, as stated by the United States Department of Agriculture. Although the Food Stamp Program bill did not reach congress until the 1960s, the idea stemmed from similar proposals during the Great Depression.

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The Food Stamp Program was not only designed to help impoverished people, but also to assist in the consumption of food produced by farmers; food production during the 1930s and 1960s was far greater than what the population was consuming, yet families were still going hungry due to lack of personal funds. The program was designed to help feed the hungry and sell the farmers' crops, according to Living History Farm.

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