S.N.A.P. Budget Gets Cut

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Updated: 11/01/2013 7:34 pm
They, along with 47 million other Americans, will see a cut in the amount of money they get for food each month. To most people, this may not sound like a lot, but to the residents affected, it is. The average cut to food stamps will be about $36 a month for a family of four. Single mother, Kristy Davis, and her three children were already having a hard time making ends meet. Davis says, "I was upset that is my main source of getting food to my children." Food stamps: officially known as the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program, or S.N.A.P., has had their funding cut. They lost five billion dollars overnight. Places like Feed My Sheep expect to see a rise in how many people they serve. Ted Hearn, a board member at Feed My Sheep, says, "All soup kitchens get more family and people coming in because they won’t have enough money to last the month." Hearn also says, "I worry most about the children. Who do you think is going to be hurt the most?" More cuts have been proposed on both sides. Democrats propose four and a half billion and Republicans are pushing for 40 billion dollars in cuts. Families who rely on the government to feed their children could be receiving a lot less. 87 percent of snap recipients live in households with children, seniors, or people with disabilities. One in four children lives in a household that receives food stamps. Thousands of veterans also receive food stamps. Harrison County alone has more than 40 thousand people participating in S.N.A.P. The Republican plan would allow three months of benefits every three years unless the recipient works part time or is in job training. Congressman Steven Palazzo voted yes on that plan to cut S.N.A.P. by 40 billion dollars. Palazzo says, "There are a lot of folks who will claim we don't care about the poor. That's simply not true. I believe it will restore integrity to a troubled program."

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