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Nov. 1 SNAP cuts are like stealing a kindergartener’s lunch money

SNAP cuts graphic

Center on Budgetary and Policy Priorities, cbpp.org

A bean burrito, two tacos, or a cheeseburger are good in a pinch when food options are limited, but if some members of Congress have their way, these fast-food dollar menu items will become the dietary norm for millions of Californians.

If cuts to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program take effect Nov. 1 as expected, 4.16 million Californians will see a drop in their benefits from $1.50 per person per meal to less than $1.40, as part of $457 million in cuts statewide and $5 billion nationwide, according to the Western Center on Law & Poverty.

A dime per meal may seem minuscule to some, but for a mother with two children, this means a $29 per month cut in the grocery budget. A family of four can expect a $36 cut per month. For elected officials to turn their back on the 32.4 million Americans who live below the poverty line, the cuts equate to stealing lunch money from a kindergartener.

Members of Congress can still reverse the cuts and prevent this “Hunger Cliff” by passing House Resolution (H.R.) 3108, a bill that was introduced Sept. 17 and calls for extending, not reducing SNAP benefits. Instead, they are considering additional cuts to the program in the Farm Bill Conference Committee.

The cuts are an attack on the America’s most vulnerable people, including the 21 million children, or one in four, who live in households that receive SNAP. An estimated 9 million seniors and people with disabilities will see a reduction in their benefits, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

As horrendous as these cuts will be, they will also have a severe impact on local economies. In a “distressed” economy, every dollar of SNAP benefits creates about $1.70 in economic activity, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

We encourage everyone to contact their House and Senate representatives and help put an end to these cuts. Let our elected officials know that a cut in some of our budgets will affect us all.

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