Food Stamps for The New York Times – by Luke Sharrett

Food Stamps

Feed The Need volunteer Tommy Maier, 19, of Dyersburg, Tenn. carries a box for a food bank recipient during the monthly Feed the Need food distribution at the Dyer County fairgrounds in Dyersburg, Tenn. on Friday, August 16, 2013. Luke Sharrett for The New York Times.

Louisville, KY-based photographer Luke Sharrett photographed food stamp recipients in Dyersburg, Tennessee for The New York Times.

Last summer I spent a few days photographing food stamp recipients and visiting a local food bank in the Western Tennessee town of Dyersburg. The number of citizens on public assistance has swelled in recent years due to the recession and sluggish economic rebound. Cuts to the food stamp program have been floated as the nation’s lawmakers in Congress struggle to strike a balance between domestic spending and the debt.

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Food Stamps

One-year-old Drake Rigsby sits in his high-chair in his parents’ apartment in Dyersburg, Tenn. on Thursday, August 15, 2013. The Rigsbys rely on food stamps to make ends meet and often skip meals to keep Drake properly fed. Chicken and rice soup is seen cooking on their kitchen stove. Luke Sharrett for The New York Times

Food Stamps

Food stamp recipient Dustin Rigsby displays the content of his freezer in his apartment kitchen in Dyersburg, Tenn. on Thursday, August 15, 2013. Luke Sharrett for The New York Times.

Food Stamps

Food stamp recipient and former welder Kathy Baucom, 61, of Newbern, Tenn. lifts a box of donated food into the bed of her pickup truck during the monthly Feed the Need food distribution at the Dyer County fairgrounds in Dyersburg, Tenn. on Friday, August 16, 2013. Baucom arrived at the fairgrounds at 5:45am to wait in line for the 8am food distribution. Luke Sharrett for The New York Times.

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