SNAP, the supplemental nutrition assistance program, could be stopped, starting in November. This program provides food stamps to millions of people across the United States. According to an October 14 report by Fox News 13 in Salt Lake City, there may not be food stamps for Thanksgiving.
A letter from the U.S. Department of Agricultural was sent to the Crossroads Urban Center in Salt Lake City. The letter explained that the program may not be around in November. The letter was “directing states to hold their November issuance files and delay transmission to state electronic benefit transfer vendors until further notice.”
This is all in time for Thanksgiving. Without the program, many families will not have Thanksgiving dinner. That is the least of their worries. Without the program, it is very likely many families will not have food for the entire month.
Food pantries are already low on food for those in need. Should food stamps be discontinued, those supplies will be even lower and, possibly, non-existant for families who rely on SNAP for their food.
In Utah alone, there are about 100,000 families that use the program. Those families may not being getting those benefits if the SNAP program is discontinued for November. It is unknown what they will have to do in order to feed their families.
It has yet to be reported what other states have received such a letter from the U.S Department of Agricultural. At the time of publication, there was no information as to whether or not Oklahoma had received a letter about discontinuing SNAP.
Should Oklahoma get such a letter, that will further stress the local food banks. After the tornadoes earlier in the year, food banks throughout the state are running low.
“We operate at maximum capacity at Thanksgiving,” Rick Denny, the President, CEO and Executive Director of the Jesus House, said during a telephone interview. “No matter what happens, we will do the best we can do. We know that the Lord will provide.”
Last Thanksgiving, Jesus House helped about 1,000 families in the Oklahoma City area. It is unknown how many people will be going to the Jesus House for help this Thanksgiving. If food stamps are stopped for the month of November, those numbers will undoubtably increase.