"Seldom in the last half-century has the U.S. been so poorly prepared to assist individuals and families struggling with the effects of a recession...Example: the food stamp program, which was supposed to slam the door on hunger in the world's greatest nation (and which once served 90 percent of eligible families), now serves just 60 percent of the poverty-stricken folks who qualify for help."
Source: Herbert, Bob. "The Vanishing Act." The New York Times. November 19, 2001. http://www.nytimes.com/2001/11/19/opinion/19HERB.html