Rep. Gene Green expresses concern over SNAP cuts effective November 1
Houston – Congressman Gene Green expressed his concern about cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) beginning November 1, 2013. The 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act temporarily increased SNAP benefits to help families during the economic recession. Without reauthorization, the scheduled cut will result in a reduction in benefits of $36 per month for a family of four. In Harris County, this cut amounts to $68.5 million over the next eleven months, resulting in 26.8 million less meals.
Rep. Green stated, “Sixty-five percent of Harris County SNAP recipients are children or seniors. I am extremely concerned that this substantial reduction will leave many of them unsure of how they will put food on the table and aggravate the problem of hunger and malnutrition in our nation.”
After cuts take effect, benefits will average less than $1.40 per person, per meal. The cuts will affect nearly 48 million SNAP recipients – 87 percent of whom live in households with children, seniors, or people with disabilities.