White House proposal could cut SNAP benefits to 750,000

Posted at 3:34 PM, Apr 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-04 17:43:36-04

WASHINGTON – Thousands of families could have a tough time filling their food pantries under a White House proposal.

The Trump administration wants to limit the ability of states to waive current employment requirements for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). That’s the program that gives low-income people financial assistance to buy food.

According to the Department of Agriculture, more than 750,000 people could lose their benefits under the administration’s plan.

A researcher told a House subcommittee Wednesday those people make on average about $550 a month. She says they are some of the poorest in America.

As it stands now, working-age adults without children must have jobs or be in a training program to receive benefits. Waivers are available for disabled people and those who live in an area with high unemployment.

If you are someone who is struggling and needs assistance getting food for you or your family, visit Care & Share’s site for a complete list of resources in southern Colorado. There is a food pantry near you.

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