SNAP Benefits to Drop in November: Congress Considers Further Cuts

Aug 16, 2013

By Elizabeth Lower-Basch and Lavanya Mohan

Update: On September 16, H.R. 3102, the Nutrition Reform and Work Opportunity Act of 2013, was introduced in the House. As anticipated, it would prevent states from waiving the limit limits on SNAP receipt for childless unemployed workers and would restrict categorical eligibility. CBO estimates that these changes would cut off 3.8 million individuals from SNAP in 2014, and would cut SNAP and other nutrition programs by $39 billion over 10 years. This bill may be brought up for a vote as soon as Thursday, September 19.

This November, every household receiving SNAP benefits will see their benefits decline when a provision of the 2009 Recovery Act expires. The average benefit per person per meal for a SNAP recipient will decrease from a paltry $1.50 to just $1.40. This cut will affect all 47 million SNAP recipients, including 22 million children and 9 million elderly and disabled people. In fiscal year 2014 alone, these cuts will add up to an estimated loss of $5 billion in SNAP benefits.

But it doesn't stop there. Congress is considering even more cuts to the SNAP program, putting millions of households at greater risk of food insecurity and hunger.

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