Nutrition Programs

Anti-hunger group warns against pushing people out of nutrition programs

An anti-hunger group says now is not the time to restrict access to the country's nutrition programs. The Food Research and Action Center says Americans are getting food stamps and schools lunches in record numbers. They say it's partly because poorer Americans' incomes have been stagnant despite an improving economy and partly because the government is doing a better job of outreach. The center says the number of people on food stamps increased by eight-million in the last four years. Still, barely half of those who qualify for food stamps get them. The administration's 2006 budget proposes to restrict access to food stamps for some families because they receive other government assistance. The center says that's about 300-thousand people. Bush has proposed a ten percent increase in the food stamp budget.