Food stamps are for people in need and was originally used during the great depression. In this time period it was acceptable because of how hard it is to get a job. Jobs are easier than ever to get a job now due to how many companies need workers. Food stamps aren't always used for food to begin with. Food stamps are often sold to buy other things like alcohol and non necessary pleasures
You can not buy medicine, vitamins, hot food, pre-prepared food, pet supplies, alcohol, or tobacco with food stamps according to federal law. Also, there is some support towards a bill that prohibits purchase of junk foods with food stamps. You must also pass income and asset requirements in order to benefit from food stamps.
I live with my partner and we are both stuck in low-wage jobs. Together we bring in $350-$400 a week. We have a mound of bills to pay and I am in significant debt from trying to go to college. Luckily we own our house and have no rent to pay. Even with this we get a small amount of food stamps, $165 a month, and it helps us tremendously.
It is hard to imagine a situation in which a person would be worse off because they have money for food. There is no doubt that individual Americans that receive food stamps are helped by them. A better question would be whether American society as a whole is better off with the food stamp program. This would depend on the alternative being considered. The food stamp program is definitely better than just letting people starve in the street, but probably worse than just giving direct cash assistance to the poor and allowing them to make their own decisions.
I think that food stamps help those that are in need of help at that time. For those that are mere milking the system of funds, this a waste of taxpayers money. There are, however, people that really need this help and it can help them feed their families until their situation have improved.
Food stamps do not cause a major problem in the United States today. Although it can be argued that it makes some people lazy and kills desire to work, food stamps are vital for certain people. For example, someone who has a disability and is unable to work. This person definitely needs food stamps to just survive. I believe that many people would starve to death today if it wasn't for food stamps.