The Recovery Act’s provisional increase of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits have come to an end as of November 1st. 47 million people who depend on this program will see a decrease in their monthly benefits. With the recent cuts, it has been calculated that SNAP benefits will average less than $1.40 per person per meal in 2014. The total decrease is estimated to be about $5 billion.
Former Labor Secretary Robert Reich explained: “As of November 1 more than 47 million Americans have lost some or all of their food stamp benefits.” He added “We’re not talking about a small sliver of America here. Half of all children get food stamps at some point during their childhood.”
Unfortunately, it appears that House Republicans are still pushing for more cuts and it seems doubtful that Congress will enact legislation in hopes to find a solution to this problem. Almost even more unfortunate is the media refuses to acknowledge food stamp cuts that are affecting the millions of Americans and negatively impact the economy.
Several major Sunday news programs such as Fox News Sunday, Meet the Press, This Week, and Face the Nation all failed to mention the subject of the cut on their November 3rd airings of their shows. While some news organizations mentioned the cut, their primary focus was based on the quantity of people enrolled in the program or congressional attempts to additional spending cuts through provisions in the Farm Bill.
Cutting SNAP benefits will have a devastating effect on the working poor. It will lead to job loss, as well as leave children, the elderly, and the disabled wondering where their next meal will come from.
Watch Melissa Harris-Perry talk about the devastating SNAP cuts:
h/t: Crooks and Liars