The Welfare Reality

Many Elderly Qualify, But Do Not Participate in SNAP

When we think welfare we usually think of the person objectified as the “welfare queen”. That person is often thought as an African-American ancestry woman who is accused of having children as a way of increasing her welfare benefits.  However, a study that was conducted from CBS news proves that the average family on welfare has 2.8 children. Furthermore, only 1 out of every 10 mothers on welfare has more than 3 children.  All of these myths make us neglect the actual point of welfare programs and the reason why they were created.

As proven in the article  “The Politics of Welfare and of Poverty Research”  by Sandra Morgen poverty rates have fallen slightly since 1996 and most of the people who have left welfare have secured low-wage job with jobs that provide them with and income dangerously close to the poverty line. Even though those people are off welfare those people are still considered poor and in need for help. The point of welfare is to reduce poverty and enhance economic security for vulnerable families.

After working for a nonprofit welfare program this summer I have come to think of different term of welfare. We always tend to hear of the person who is abusing the system but we never hear of how many people benefit from programs such as Food stamps and Health Insurance. This stresses how corrupt our society is and how we judge people strictly based on their wealth. Our society has come to think that our wealth determines our identity which shows the extent of corruption within our system. Anthropology helps us look at how different cultures and social classes look at welfare and the people who receive the welfare help.