Starting today, there will be cuts in the benefits paid to poor families under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) program.
[Today] is when Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, benefits are set to fall for more than 47 million lower-income people — 1 in 7 Americans — most of whom live in households with children, seniors or people with disabilities. Barring congressional intervention, the maximum payment for a family of four will shrink from $668 a month to $632, or $432 over the course of a year.
That amounts to 21 meals per month, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
This move makes me furious beyond words. It is nothing less than an act of spite, to give a kick in the teeth to the most defenseless people in our society by cutting the budgets of everything that serves the needs of the poor in order to give tax cuts to the rich and preserve the bloated defense budgets. The amount of money involved is minuscule (about $5 billion a year, less than what banks like JP Morgan Chase are paying in fines for their misdeeds) but the cuts are devastating to poor people for whom every little bit matters.