Welfare is a government program that provides money, medical care,

food, housing, and other things that people need in order to survive. People

who can receive help from these welfare programs are children, elders,

disabled, and others who cannot support their families on their current

income. Another name for welfare is public assistance.

There are many organizations that supply this public assistance. Such

as Salvation Army and other groups. Public assistance benefits help many

people who live below the poverty line, an income level is established for

families. If your income is below this you would be eligible to receive this

help.

Federal and state governments in the Unites States serve the poor

people through about 60 public assistance programs. Most people receive

help through one of the four major programs. These programs are Medicaid,

Aid to families with dependant Children, Social Security, or Supplemental

Security, or the food stamps program. I will discuss the four programs

individually.

Medicaid provides free medical care to the poor people. Funds vary

from state to state. In some situations, people who may be able to pay daily

needs, but can't afford large medical bills may also be able to receive

Medicaid. Some services paid for are bills such as doctor's visits and nursing

home care. Most Medicaid funding comes from the federal government.

The rest is supplied by the state. Each state runs their own Medicaid
program.

A.F.D.C. provides cash benefits to dependent children and the parents

or the guardians taking care of them. Most families that qualify for A.F.D.C.

have just one parent in the home. About 80 percent of these families are

headed by a woman. A.F.D.C. also pays benefits to two-parent families if

both parents are unemployed. Most A.F.D.C. funding comes from the

federal government. The states provide the rest of the money and administer

the program. The sizes of families' payment vary from state to state.

Next is Social Security Income. This provides financial Aid to people

in need who are at least 65 years old, blind, or disabled. The federal

government finances and administers social security income programs in

most states, though some states supply the federal payment and are able to

run their own programs.

Finally, the Food Stamp Program helps low-income households buy

more and better food than they could otherwise afford. Each participating

household receives a certain number of coupons called food stamps. The

stamps are issued by the federal government. The number of stamps a

household receives varies with the family's size, income, and expenses.

Cooperating grocery stores accept the stamps like money for food purchases

only.

In conclusion I would like to say that this organization has a personal value to me. I plan to serve in these organizations when i have the chance, and benifit from each program. I hope this essay can change your views on welfare and how impotant it is to every community. Please take this to heart and help our community.