Danay Williams Professor Maher WRTG-101-24 October 28, 2010 Topic Proposal In Philadelphia, the controversy of welfare and the way it is being used is a very prevalent issue because as time and the recession go on, more and more people are being forced to face this reality. In the recent article ?Children in Philly Rely on Summer Meal Plans,? written by Alfred Lubrano, many of the readers complained that because of the welfare system, people of low income shouldn ' t be going hungry. Their argument is that food stamps should be substantial enough to support families so citizens shouldn ' t have to pay more tax money to support meal plans. The overall average of the comments posted made references about mothers using benefits for drugs and luxury items, such as cell phones and iPods, instead of using them to feed their children. I chose to investigate this topic because I felt that families who receive welfare were being fiercely stereotyped by the readers of this article. Coming from a family that is not a stranger to the welfare system, I know that supporting and feeding a household is a struggle so the people who use welfare to buy extravagant things are not the majority. Food stamps and other welfare benefits usually don ' t do much to help families eat, such as the standard family of four that gets $294 in monthly stamp allowances, according to an article posted on October 16, 2010, in the New York Times. I feel that readers should know about the real people in the streets who are actually struggling so that they can see that help is needed instead of making judgmental assumptions. I believe that wider audiences would find this topic interesting because it would give them a bigger dose of reality and a look at what other types of people are outside their social views. I ' m hoping that I ' ll be able to break the stereotype of lower income people being irresponsible with welfare benefits and show that people still need help to survive. To help me gather information on this topic, I plan to interview a few people who are on welfare or use food stamps and get their perspective on the situation. In addition to that, I have emailed the local welfare offices in Philadelphia in order to ask staff and social workers for their opinion on the subject.
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