SNAP Cuts Would Significantly Increase Hunger and Poverty In New York State

STATEMENT ON FEDERAL BUDGET: PROPOSED SNAP CUTS WOULD SIGNIFICANTLY INCREASE HUNGER AND POVERTY IN NEW YORK STATE

SNAP is our nation’s most effective anti-hunger program, helping 1 in 7
New Yorkers put food on the table.

ALBANY, NY — The Trump administration’s fiscal year (FY) 2019 budget proposal includes drastic and dangerous cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) which will have a devastating effect on millions of low-income New Yorkers.

The President’s budget plan for SNAP breaks a long-term bipartisan commitment to effectively and efficiently serve households that need help putting food on the table by making deep cuts and damaging structural changes to the program.

The budget proposes to slash SNAP by $213 billion, nearly 30 percent, which will hurt our communities and harm every type of SNAP participant, including, children, the elderly, individuals with disabilities, veterans, low-income working families with children, and those struggling to find work.

“Instead of making cuts, Congress should ensure that our fellow New Yorkers have enough to eat when they hit hard times. Children, seniors, the unemployed, and people with disabilities in our state will pay the price if these drastic cuts are approved.” Said Linda Bopp. Executive Director of Hunger Solutions New York.

The budget calls for radically restructuring the delivery of benefits. Based on the assumption that the government can buy and provide food more efficiently, the President’s proposal would upend SNAP’s successful and efficient public-private partnership with retailers across the country.  Because SNAP benefits are spent at grocery stores in the community, the program pumps money back into state and local businesses, fueling long-term economic growth. According to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities 2016 analysis, 18,090 New York retailors participated in SNAP, redeeming about $4.92 billion dollars.

SNAP is one of government’s most effective programs and serves as the first line of defense against hunger. It lifts and keeps New York families out of poverty and improves nutrition and health. SNAP is linked with reduced health care costs. On average, low-income older adults participating in SNAP incur about $1,400, or nearly 25 percent, less in medical care costs in a year than low-income older adults who don’t participate in SNAP. In New York, SNAP helped 630,000 seniors maintain good health and nutrition saving health care costs.

The administration’s FY19 budget proposal slashes or eliminates a wide range of crucial programs that help stabilize low-income families. The damage that SNAP cuts would inflict will create untold suffering for New Yorkers. These cuts must be rejected by Congress.