SNAP cuts dig deeper
As the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) adjusts to a last years' loss of $5 billion, Congress plans to cut deeper—$9 billion deeper.
A congressional compromise could mean a $9 billion cut to SNAP, otherwise known as food stamps, over the next 10 years for a total of $900 million each year.
Just before the holidays last November, SNAP recipients experienced a $5 billion cut to the program after the money expired with the stimulus bill. In New York City, 150 food pantries and kitchens ran out of essential food items last November and had to turn people away. Another 150 reduced the number of meals that they served due to an influx of visitors. A total of 100 pantries and kitchens reported a doubling of visitors in a survey by the Food Bank of New York.
Despite the cut's effects, Congress may cut an additional $9 billion, down from the $40 billion cut supported by a majority of House Republicans. The bill is expected to be voted on next week when Congress returns from a break.
Approximately 47 million benefit from SNAP across the country. USA Today estimated that half of all children in America will be fed with food stamps before they turn 20 years old. About 13.5 million children live on SNAP and 41.7 percent of all Latino families with children who require food assistance use SNAP benefits.