Food Stamp Cuts Hit, Bring Per-Meal Average to $1.40
One in 7 are on the supplemental nutrition assistance program
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Nov 1, 2013 7:39 AM CDT
In this Aug. 26, 2011 photo, a sign notifies customers that EBT can be used at a store in Sioux Falls, SD.   (AP Photo/The Argus Leader, Jay Pickthorn)

(Newser) – The moment food banks across the country have been bracing for is here: Today, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program loses $5 billion in funding. The cuts will hit across the board, affecting all 47 million people—about 1 in 7 Americans and counting—who receive assistance, dropping the maximum monthly benefit for a family of four from $668 to $632, CBS reports. That's the equivalent of losing 21 meals a month, per the USDA, and brings the per-meal average down 10 cents to $1.40.

"Our members are panicking," the president of the Food Bank for New York City tells CNBC. "We're telling everyone to make sure that you are prepared for longer lines." NPR notes that such sentiments are being echoed by food banks from Georgia to Montana. The $5 billion represents expiring funds from the 2009 stimulus bill. Democrats agreed not to extend them in exchange for boosts in education funding and school nutrition programs. But more cuts could be coming. House Republicans recently passed a $39 billion cut, and while Democrats say they won't accept that, even the Senate bill cuts $4.5 billion over 10 years, the Washington Post reports.

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Nov 2, 2013 3:09 PM CDT
The price of milk will double if the new farm bill is not passed. So say the farm bill proponents... special interests who don't need it. I say let the price rise if it does. Let the free markets reach the correct price and get these wasteful programs die once and fore all.
Nov 2, 2013 11:52 AM CDT
I saw a republican buying a new Cadillac with food stamps. This has got to stop! Designer clothing, luxury goods etc. even.... gulp... tea bags!
Nov 1, 2013 9:22 PM CDT
Obama administration has been over-generous with this program the last few years aggresively having more Americans take advantage of the system. Now there's too many people wanting a piece of the pie. Also, where does it state that the food stamp program is supposed to suplement 100% of one's groceries. It's called an "assistance" program for a reason. The real headline should state that Obama's stagnent economy still hurting Americans. Oh yes...