The temporary boost given to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in 2009 by the Recovery Act is set to end November 1.
The loss of the boost will cause food stamp benefits for a family of three to drop by $20 to $25 a month, or $240 to $300 a year. This means that food stamps will provide for $1.40 of a person’s meal. If no action is taken by congress before the cut, states will need to ensure that they inform participating households and other stakeholders about the cut. The food stamp cut will make it so that a family of four will lose 14 meals a month, and 11 meals a month for a family of three. reports the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.
Congress doesn’t plan to intervene with the food stamp cut. Congress believes that food stamps need to be cut, but can’t come to an agreement on how much.
The November reduction of food stamps is happening separately from the removal of food stamp funds from the farm bill.
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