This article will discuss the history of food stamps and gardening as well as current efforts to raise awareness and develop resources to facilitate gardening with SNAP benefits, particularly in urban areas. Because gardeners tend to be the best advocates for gardening, this article will also highlight the role that urban community gardens and community gardeners can play in cultivating awareness and providing support.
the principal author of the Food Stamp Act of 1964
I came to graduate school at Penn State to take advantage of the unique dual-degree doctoral program in History and Women's Studies. I knew I was interested in researching gender, politics, and power relations and took a course on "Gender and Welfare" taught by Jennifer Mittelstadt (now at Rutgers) my first semester here. I've always had an interest in food and physique, so I began to research the history of food stamps in the U.S. I was surprised at how much was at stake in this understudied program: issues of families, consumption, poverty, and state-citizen relations. This research became the focus of my Master's degree, and then an article in the Journal of American History (".")
Time Magazine: Food Stamps, A Brief History
History of Food Stamps and SNAP