IMG_1303All households that participate in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, or food stamps) will see their benefits decrease this month. Currently, 47 million Americans participate in SNAP. Nearly half of them are children. The reduction is the result of the expiration of the stimulus package. In 2008, when the recession hit, the SNAP allotments were increased to help families put food on the table and to be a boost for the economy. This increase was meant to expire years from now, but the funds to pay for it were taken to pay for other things, including helping states pay for medicaid and school lunch meals.

Reducing the SNAP benefit will have a direct and adverse impact on children. Child hunger continues to be at an all time high and nearly half of all SNAP participants are children. SNAP is our nation’s most effective program in fighting hunger. It is critical that Congress ensure there is enough funding available to continue to meet the ongoing need, yet more cuts maybe coming for SNAP. Now Congress is considering further cuts to SNAP with the renewal of the Farm Bill, as much as $40 billion more cuts over the next 10 years. If these cuts take place, an estimated 3.8 million low-income Americans will be dropped from the program.

To urge Congress to protect SNAP from further cuts, visit www.hungercoalition.org/farm-bill.