The food stamp cuts come at a time when the groceries are skyrocketing and milk is threatening to go up to $8 a gallon. 47-million people will see their food stamps cut as of Friday, Nov.1, according to CBS Money Watch.
Food stamps don’t last for an entire month now, almost every family runs out of food stamp benefits before the month is over. That is because it is such a small amount of benefits in comparison to the price of food today.
An example of what the cut will look like for a family of four who were getting $668 in monthly benefits up until Friday is frightening. You couldn't possibly feed four people on what they will receive in food stamps starting today. This family will see their $668 monthly food stamps allotment drop to $632 a month or $432 a month over the course of a year. This leaves each participant in the food stamp program $1.42 per meal for 21 meals per month.
This is separate from the food stamp bill tied up with the farm bill right now as Congress may make even deeper cuts in the food stamp bill. The farm bill is being held up by the heated food stamp bill in Congress. If the farm bill doesn’t pass, the nation could see milk go up to $8 dollars a gallon.
Food is a necessity and for some reason the folks in Washington are treating it more like a luxury these days when it comes to the nation’s lower-income people. Has anyone in Congress gone shopping for groceries lately?
This is “close to catastrophic” to many people, said Feeding America’s spokesperson, Ross Fraser. The cuts that are going into place today, Nov. 1, will result in nearly 2 billion fewer meals this year for the low-income families of the nation.