Beginning on November 1st, cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program will take effect across the nation. Oregon has one of the highest SNAP participation rates in the country at 21 percent and will be significanly impacted by these cuts. These reductions are part of a congressional move to roll back additional funding brought about by the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Under the November cuts, benefits for a household of one person with no income will decrease by $11 per month from $200 to $189.
Some argue that the system is already stretched too thin and the reductions will put an increased strain on overburdened emergency food charities. However, additional cuts may yet be in store as the U.S. House of Representatives recently passed a farm bill that contains another $40 billion in reductions to SNAP over the next ten years.
Are you a SNAP recipient? How will the upcoming cuts affect you?