For those of you who already believe that Washington could care less about the American people, the fact that nearly 48 million people will see their Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (formerly known as Food Stamps) cut by about 15% just in time for the holidays will do nothing to dispel that belief.
While a reduction of $36 a month may not sound like a lot to some at first, the fact is the average monthly stipend for a family of 4 is $275, or only about $1.40 per meal. In the end, the USDA reports that the cuts will actually translate to “a loss of about 21 meals per month for those families.” Exact amounts will be determined by each household’s individual circumstances.
In the meantime, federal legislators are still wrestling over how much deeper to slash the program. While the House wants to impose $4 billion in cuts to SNAP per year, as well as mandating that all beneficiaries must have jobs, the Senate is proposing a deduction closer to $400 million annually. However, neither plan is expected to hit the floor before the pending November 1 deadline, when the program will lose $5 billion.