Whom and Where the November 1 SNAP Cuts Will Hit

October 29, 2013 at 11:53 am

The interactive map below shows how many people in each state — including how many children and disabled people in each state — will face a cut in SNAP (food stamp) benefits Friday when the 2009 Recovery Act’s temporary benefit boost ends.  It also lists the total loss in SNAP benefits to households in each state through the end of the fiscal year next September.

These cuts are particularly important given that the House and Senate this week are negotiating further SNAP cuts as part of the Farm Bill.  The House version of the bill would cut SNAP by nearly $40 billion over the next decade, throwing several million people off the program.

As we’ve explained, the November 1 cut will hit all 48 million SNAP recipients across the country.  A household of three will lose $29 a month, equivalent to about 16 meals a month for a three-person family based on the cost of the Agriculture Department’s “Thrifty Food Plan.”

Without the Recovery Act’s boost, SNAP benefits in fiscal year 2014 will average less than $1.40 per person per meal.

The benefit cut will affect state economies as well.  As our analysis explains:

Studies show that in a distressed economy, every dollar of SNAP benefits creates at least about $1.70 in economic activity, as SNAP recipients spend their benefits on food quickly.  For example, California and Texas will each lose over $400 million in SNAP benefits that would have helped their residents eat in 2014; the potential economic impact is even greater.

For background on SNAP, see our Policy Basics and chartbook.  For background on the Recovery Act benefit boost and its expiration, see this analysis.

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Dottie Rosenbaum

Rosenbaum is a Senior Policy Analyst focusing primarily on federal and state issues in the Food Stamp Program as well as issues that involve the coordination of food stamps and other state-administered health and income security programs, such as Medicaid, TANF, and child care. In addition, Rosenbaum has expertise on the federal budget and budget process.

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  1. linda little #

    what a shame – an elected official, as we speak – is in a bar in D.C. having a glass of bubbly that costs more than the $29 decrease my dear friends are going to do without for the next 31 days – they will drink water, and eat canned spam and stewed potatoes, and be glad for it.

    Hope these people someday just get a “taste” (no pun intended) of what true poverty is all about.

    parents of the two children in this family will skip meals so the children can eat in November, and they will go to Urban Ministry for Thanksgiving, the $29 would have bought their whole Thanksgiving meal, and they could have eaten in the dignity of their own kitchen together. Shame on Washington, DC
    and all who have a part in this.

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