Week 8

feeding the crisis

Key Questions

  • What is the history of food stamps? How have allegations of fraud been grounds for criminalization for people using food stamps?

  • What are the ways in which food stamps are paternalistic? How do they control and regulate the food that people eat?

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Type your location into the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Access Research Atlas. Where are food deserts located in your area? Which low-income census tracts are more than ½-1 mile away from a grocery store? Consider how this maps onto histories of racial and economic segregation, along with which communities the incarcerated population is drawn from. How are policing, incarceration, and food access interconnected?