Food stamp cuts to hit 920,000 Louisianans


More than 900,000 Louisianans will see their food assistance benefits cut this week, when a temporary boost to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps) expires. The total loss to Louisiana families from November 2013 through September 2014 is projected to be $98 million.

The modest boost in food assistance was included as part of the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). For a family of three in Louisiana, the cut translates to a loss of $29 per month – or the equivalent of 16 meals.
 
The rollback comes as the U.S. House of Representatives is proposing another $40 billion worth of cuts to the program – cuts that would be devastating to Louisiana families and the state’s fragile economy.
 
“This program lifts working families out of poverty and keeps children, the elderly and the disabled from going hungry,” said Louisiana Budget Project Director Jan Moller. “Not only are these cuts immoral, they would take millions of dollars out of the Louisiana economy when we are still recovering from the worst recession since the Great Depression.”
 
By making it easier for low-income families to buy healthy food, SNAP reduces the number of people who skip meals or develop unhealthy dietary habits. SNAP also is one of the fastest, most effective ways to stimulate a struggling economy. Every $1 increase in benefits generates about $1.70 in economic activity.
 
By the Louisiana Budget Project
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