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Food Stamp Program / Cong. #237536

CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Oct 07, 1975
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(Studio) Senate subcommittee begins hearings with regard to food stamp program.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) Program began in 1962 at cost of $14 million to help 50,000. Now costs $5.8 billion for 18.8 million. 54.5% recipients are white; 36.7% black; 54.8% not on welfare, and 55% poor. Extent of abuses not known. Estimated 1 in 5 food stamp dollars misspent. [Senator Agriculture subcommittee chairperson James ALLEN - says program has become financial nightmare.] [Senator George McGOVERN - says program necessary for millions.] [Assistant Agriculture Secretary Richard FELTNER - says 1/2 million with incomes above $12,000 participate in program.] [Senator Hubert H. HUMPHREY - says no sense in people with $10-30,000 incomes recing. food stamps. That's not what the program is for.] [Assistant District Attorney Pulaski Cnty., Arkansas, Roger COCKRILL - says found fraud rate of 50%.] Mood grows for reform.
REPORTER: Barry Serafin

Cronkite, Walter;
Serafin, Barry

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