The House and Senate must do better work on the proposed Farm Bill.
The Food Research and Action Center reports that the Farm Bill moving from conference committee to the House and Senate will cut an average of $90 a month in food stamp benefits from an estimated 850,000 households.
Families on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, already are receiving the bare minimum for food. Cutting an avergae of $90 a month will push a lot more households into depending on churches, community food pantries and soup kitchens just to get through each month. Those emergency food programs already are maxed out.
Food stamps, or SNAP, are critical to the health and well-being of 47 million Americans, the Food Research and Action Center reports. The organization is right to call for a “no” vote on the proposed Farm Bill.
A Missouri Association for Social Welfare “call to action” reports that food stamp benefits in Missouri were cut more than $36 a month for a family of four on Nov. 1, resulting in more people showing up for help at emergency food providers.
Deeper cuts and more punishing measures in the proposed Farm Bill were avoided. But the current SNAP cuts of $8.6 billion over 10 years also should not make it into law.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture reports that $1.65 to $2.13 per meal is needed for adequate nutrition. SNAP beneficiaries in Missouri as of Nov. 2013 receive an average of $1.31 per person, per meal.
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