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Tuesday, September 28, 2010 

Food Stamp Cuts

in the time of dire need, have consequences.
Congress is poised to cut food stamps, taking away an extended benefit created by the 2009 stimulus before its original expiry date and setting up an unprecedented “cliff” in food stamps, now known as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, benefits. To demonstrate how hurtful this might prove, hunger advocate Joel Berg recently spent a week eating according to the SNAP budget.

....The cliff in food stamps means that one month, a family will receive a set amount of money, about $4.50 per person per day. The next month, they will get less. In his week eating according to the SNAP budget, Berg shopped for the first three days as if he received full benefits. For the second two, he shopped as if he received cut benefits. The result? Less food, or less healthy food. - Washington Independent

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i've been receiving food stamps as i'm on social security disability and it's really hard to make ends meet. years ago,on two separate occasions for one month each,i got food stamps. i found i had some left over at the end of the month (and i actually used to eat more!)
this time round,i was shocked at how small the allotment was...and then they were cut by thirty dollars more this month. and i'm sure some people are in more dire straits than i am.

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