In 2010, for the first time, SNAP benefits appear to have surpassed 10% of all grocery spending.
This seems to me like a significant threshold. The program formerly known as food stamps is not just an important part of the safety net. It plays a big role in the U.S. retail economy more generally. It should be a national priority to seek economic growth of the sort that reaches all the way to the low-wage labor market. The last time we had that type of poverty-reducing economic growth for a sustained period was the late 1990s.