Just in time for the holidays, nearly 15 percent of the population relying on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program will find less money to purchase groceries, according to a report from CNNmoney.
In California the anti-hunger program is called CalFresh instead of SNAP, and the benefit reductions will impact 4.1 million people, according to a statement from FeedingAmericaSD.
A story from local station KPBS quotes Jennifer Gilmore, the executive director for Feeding America San Diego:
“We’re already not meeting the need. This is going to make it tougher."
The organization, which provides food to 73,000 people each week according to the information from Gilmore, on average manages to give families three days worth of food per month.
"As these families’ needs increase to possibly four to six days worth of food each month, that could be very devastating to the hunger relief community as a whole."
The California Department of Social Services CalFresh.gov website states that "... most families will see their benefits decrease on November 1...."
This is due to the end of the extra benefits provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 legislation the information states, which originated "... to help people affected by the recession."
Nationwide, nearly 50 million Americans are helped by the program ABCnews states, and for Californians, the cuts would come to:
- $11 per month for a single household
- $20 per month for a couple
- $29 per month for a family of three
While the $29 per month might not seem like a lot, ABC quotes the Department of Agriculture as stating that it would mean about 16 fewer meals a month.
The website FeedingAmerica has an online form meant to help readers to urge Congress to protect the program. They are now discussing a Farm Bill and possibly making additional cuts to SNAP food assistance.