The U.S. food stamp program is expected to shrink in upcoming months after stimulus funds expire on Nov. 1. Recipients will face a massive benefit cut, resulting in the loss of “16 meals a month for a family of three”, a Center on Budget and Policy Priorities analysis revealed.

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, popularly known as SNAP, costs the government nearly $80 billion a year to operate. These funds provide food aid to 14 percent of US households — a record 47 million people. Come this Friday, 5 billion in federal food aid will be lost. According to the Margarette Purvis, the president and CEO of the Food Bank for New York City, the cuts will have an impact on area food banks. 76 million meals “will no longer be on the plates of the poorest families”, Purvis told Salon magazine:

“The fact that they’re going to lose what’s basically an entire week’s worth food,” said Purvis, “it’s pretty daunting.” She told Salon magazine that [although] policymakers “are attempting to punish people for being poor,” and “people are comforted by believing that they know that a person has to have done something wrong in order to be poor,” [actually], “I can tell you that more and more folks have more than one job and are still needing help.”

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  • Lauren

    I agree. Seriously, people forget that food stamps are a priveledge. There are people in other countries who don’t get this type of assistance. The SNAP benefits were boost back in 2009, if you’ve been on food stamps that long you need to get your life together. These cutbacks are going to hurt people but they will get by. There are thousands of other programs throughout this country were a person in need can get free food. People need to learn how to help themselves rather than depend on their government to give them a handout.

  • wfm

    I work everyday. My fridge or freezer is never full. I will never forget the day, during winter storm when welfare recipients on my street on section 8, were having food delivered from a super market. I simply had to make do.

    Too many people also still sell there stamps. If me and my son have to make do sometimes on cereal, beans/rice etc. , why cant they? The working class gets no breaks! Food stamps are a privledge not a right!

  • wfm

    When will the govt give Snap benefits to working parents making over 35,000 with school loan debt, who don’t have more than one child? When will those trying to do the right thing get rewarded? I have one child because thats what I can afford. However, if I had 3 or 4 kids I could get SNAP.

  • Make it work…we do it everyday without food stamps….stretch your money…stretch your food….get over it.