Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Massive Cut to Food Stamps Coming Friday


Posted on October 29, 2013

An enormous cut to the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) will come into effect on Friday, November 1st, and the reason why may astonish you.

According to a new report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, nearly 1 million veterans will be among the 48 million who will experience a benefit cut as of Friday.

The reason the program will see a reduction on that day is because that part of the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (the stimulus) is set to expire.


Without the Recovery Act’s boost, SNAP benefits in fiscal year 2014 will average less than $1.40 per person per meal. This is a serious cut, especially considering that over 80 percent of SNAP participants live in poverty.


As you may recall, Congress still hasn’t passed a comprehensive farm bill, however the House has passed a bill that cuts another $40 billion from SNAP over the next 10 years. Because House Republicans really, really hate poor people.


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