The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, highlights the effects of the President’s 2019 budget on SNAP. The budget proposes to cut the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly food stamps) by more than $213 billion over the next ten years — or by nearly 30 percent. It calls for radically restructuring the delivery of benefits, which would cut benefits for the overwhelming majority of households, and other benefit and eligibility changes that would leave at least 4 million people losing SNAP benefits altogether.
The proposed cuts would affect every type of SNAP participant, including the unemployed, the elderly, individuals with disabilities, and low-income working families with children. The proposed cuts would come on top of other Administration proposals to shrink the safety net, particularly health coverage, and on the heels of a tax law that will mainly benefit the wealthy and corporations and is expected to add $1.5 trillion to deficits over ten years.
Other Statements on the Budget:
- Center on Budget and Policy Priorities statement on the President’s Budget
- Food Marketing Institute’s statement on the President’s American Harvest Box proposal.
- Feeding America’s statement on the SNAP cuts and the elimination of CSFP.
- FRAC’s statement on the SNAP cuts in the President’s Budget and summary of proposed reductions to SNAP and an overview of how other critical nutrition and social safety net programs fare in the president’s budget, found here FRAC’s newly released analysis (pdf).