Current Event Cat of the Day: Food Stamp Cuts

Current EVent Cat - Food Stamp Cuts

Low-income families are bracing for $5 billion worth of food stamp cuts that go into effect Friday.

The cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (aka food stamp cuts) will slash monthly benefits for one in seven low-income Americans who rely on them to feed their families. These families are expected to lose about $36 per month on average and there are a lot of families. About 47.6 million Americans, or 23.1 million households, are currently on the food stamp program.

Congress voted to keep the cuts in place as Obama’s 2009 stimulus bill comes to an end in exchange for increased education funding and school nutrition programs. Cut food stamp programs and increase school nutrition programs? Makes sense… Hunger-Free Kids Act has a better political ring to it than the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. SNAP!

While some families will suffer real hardship over these cuts, CNN chose to showcase the WORST EXAMPLE EVER. CNN tells the struggle of Joyce Lewis, who lives with three other adults and one baby. Joyce and her family will lose $44 from their monthly food stamp benefits. Their current benefits total $800 a month for food but it never seems to last the four adults – none of whom have a job.

“When I get to the end, we always run out. I try to go to all the food pantries,” Lewis said.

How does $800 not give you enough food for a month? You live in Spring Hill, Florida, not New York City! Why do both your live-in daughters keep getting knocked up? Why does no one have a job?

Arg. Find a better example CNN. Unless your plan all along is to get people on board with the food stamp cuts – in which case, mission accomplished.

Via: CNN

One Response to “Current Event Cat of the Day: Food Stamp Cuts”

  1. rag pickers
    October 9, 2014 at 1:52 pm #

    Dear Reaganpluscats,
    On a similar note,, The very reason for hungry kid is poverty. Abandon child is also another category. The help and humanitarian support from all the facets of the Society. Is it not required?
    Keep up the good work
    Vijaya Satyanand

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