Thursday, October 10, 2013

Food Stamps Deadline To Worsen Poor Families Situation

By Claudio Iván Remeseira Follow @HispanicNewYork | Posted on Thursday, October 10, 2013, at 12:55 p.m ET. Last modified at Oct.10, 2013, at 5:00 p.m.ET

On November 1, cuts passed in 2010 by Congress to the Food Stamp program (officially, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP) will go into effect. As a consequence of those cuts, the maximum monthly benefit for a family of three will fall from $526 to $497 

This, in addition to the  $4 billion a year SNAP slush voted by Congress in the summer. 

These cuts will inevitable widen the inequality gap in New York City, as Jarrett Murphy reports:
Nearly a quarter of New Yorkers—just under 1.9 million people—receive Food Stamp benefits; that's nearly five times the number of people who receive cash assistance, and reflects an increase of 40 percent since January 2009.
Read more at City Limits

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