See larger The nation's food stamp program began in 1939, but it didn't become a permanent federal benefit until passage of the Food Stamp Act of 1964. Low-income families received food stamps in paper form until the 1990s, when the benefits migrated to electronic banking systems. (SHNS photo courtesy of the Smithsonian Institution)

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The nation's food stamp program began in 1939, but it didn't become a permanent federal benefit until passage of the Food Stamp Act of 1964. Low-income families received food stamps in paper form until the 1990s, when the benefits migrated to electronic banking systems. (SHNS photo courtesy of the Smithsonian Institution)

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