Sun, Nov 03, 2013 - Page 7 News List

Millions in US face food stamp cuts

SAVING COSTS:The numbers who receive the benefits jumped from about 26 million to 47 million, increasing annual costs to US$80 billion, a US Congress agency said


The number of people receiving SNAP benefits jumped from about 26 million to 47 million, and annual spending more than doubled from US$35 billion to US$80 billion, the CBO said.

The center on Budget and Policy Priorities noted that Friday’s SNAP cuts mean benefits will average less than US$1.40 per person per meal.

“This is a serious cut, especially considering that over 80 percent of SNAP participants live in poverty. House and Senate members who are now beginning to negotiate a final Farm Bill should keep this benefit cut in mind as they consider, in reauthorizing the SNAP program, whether to make even deeper cuts,” the think tank said.

This story has been viewed 1543 times.

Comments will be moderated. Remarks containing abusive and obscene language, personal attacks of any kind or promotion will be removed and the user banned.

TOP top