Every household receiving Food stamp benefits is scheduled to receive a cut for families of three it will be $29 a month, beginning November 2013 through September 2014. This is a serious loss and will leave many families food insecure.
The 2009 Recovery Act’s temporary boost to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program SNAP will be a $10 cut per person, the total cut is estimated $5 billion in the fiscal year 2014. That’s a $1.40 per meal which is a lot on an already low SNAP budgeted food allotment.
President Obama has proposed that Congress will enact legislation to remedy the problem but the fact is it shouldn’t have happened in the first place. Either way families and individuals need to prepare for the upcoming cuts and food pantries may see an influx of people looking to supplement their groceries.
Most SNAP allotments per household is already based on unrealistic assumptions about the cost of food, time preparation and access to grocery stores, ensuring families have enough resources to purchase an adequate diet. SNAP has never been in this situation before where it has cut food benefits to all members in the household as what is to come in November.
Benefit cuts increase hardship
Tem million people who live in “deep poverty” are children and nine million are the elderly or those with a serious disability. Research reveals this cut will be taking away 21 meals per month for a family of four or 16 meals for a family of three causing people to skip meals or eat less because they don’t have the money.
Low food security
The idea is to inform SNAP participants ahead of time so the impact will not be as harsh, and they may be able to seek assistance from other programs and to deal with the influx of complaints. Federal SNAP rules require state agencies to publicize the changes but many SNAP participants are still unaware of the upcoming situation and have received no personal notice, but to hear or read of it through mass media. A mailed notice is not required by the state agency under federal rules, which is asking for trouble. Cutting benefits without mailed notice to each household is not giving parents, the elderly or disabled time to plan meals or make other arrangements. A media announcement is one that can be easily missed if they don’t have television or radio access. The benefits are being cut the least the government can do is make it a point to let these families know up front what is going on.
Preparing households for the cut in November
SNAP participants will need to get information about the decrease from their benefit office and names of agencies where they can get food to help the with the decrease.
Household of 1 $200 -Beginning Nov 2013 $189 Monthly cut $11 total 2014 -$121
HH 2 $367 $347 $20 -$220
HH3 $526 $497 $29 -$319 HH4 $668 $632 $36 -$396
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