Friday, August 10, 2012

CA Budget Project: Congress Should Maintain States' Flexibility To Expand SNAP Food Assistance

A new CBP analysis examines deep cuts that Congress is considering making to the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly food stamps). Known as CalFresh in California, this program provides food assistance to nearly 4 million low-income individuals across the state, over three-fifths of them children.

As part of the reauthorization of the federal Farm Bill, the US House of Representatives is considering cutting SNAP funding by more than $16 billion over the next 10 years, largely by eliminating the flexibility that states have to broaden SNAP eligibility to more low-income working families. This change would end SNAP assistance for roughly 2 million to 3 million low-income individuals in 40 states, including California.

The CBP's analysis discusses the growing need for CalFresh due to the Great Recession, looks at how federal policy changes in recent years have boosted nutritional assistance for eligible families, and examines the national and state-level impacts of the SNAP cuts now being considered in Congress.

Click here to read the analysis:

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