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Feeding South Dakota Executive Director 'Disheartened' By Bosworth Post

May 4, 2014, 10:04 PM by Leland Steva


Annette Bosworth says she ruffled some feathers with this Facebook post about the food stamp program. Executive Director of Feeding South Dakota Matt Gassen, says he wasn't ruffled, just disappointed.

"I think there's a lot of ways to ruffle feathers without insulting some people," Matt Gassen said.

Bosworth says she supports the food stamp program for people who need help for a short period of time. She thinks the problem is that people are becoming too dependent on the program.

"How do you fix the food stamp program? It has very little to do with the hunger anymore. It has more to do with once the subsidies was there how do they react." Bosworth said.

Gassen agrees some people are taking advantage of the program, but he thinks they don't stack up to the huge majority of people that still need help putting food on the table.

"I don't think you do away with an entire program because you find someone that is abusing the system or because you see one abusing the system that you assume everybody is abusing the system, and that's not really truly the case," Gassen said.

Gassen says in South Dakota, 47 percent of all food stamp recipients are children. He adds that senior citizens and people with mental and physical disabilities also rely on the federal help.

"It's become pretty easy to try to stereotype everybody that partakes in a program like this that is being an abuser and I think that's quite the contrary," Gassen said.

Bosworth says her post was meant to be tongue-in-cheek, but she did it to bring the issue out to be discussed.

"What I'm showing you is that these government organizations are so abundant that you didn't make better people out of them," Bosworth said.

Bosworth says after her Facebook post she was finally able to have a discussion about the issue.

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