Proposed Farm Bill Would Cut SNAP Benefits, Impact Food Bank

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The proposed Farm Bill would cut billions of dollars from the SNAP program.

“There is a proposal of a cut of about 17 billion to the SNAP or food stamp program over the next 10 years. Basically, the proposals in place will increase work requirements for the program,” said Zack Wilson, with the High Plains Food Bank. 

Texas already has work requirements in place but Wilson says the cuts will increase the demand for people needing help.

That increased demand will hurt the food bank, even more.

“We have had some rough years around here as far as getting food and funds in the door to meet an already an increasing need especially in our rural areas, so this will definitely add to the mix over the next decade or so,” added Wilson.

The Farm Bill does propose a reauthorization to the Emergency Assistance Program, which will help the food bank bring in more food from the USDA.

“These are some items that we don’t see donated typically and we receive a lot through this program so it is very beneficial to us. That is 250-million for food purchases, 100 million of that is given as sort of an admin reimbursement to offset the cost of distribution,” said Wilson.

There is also a reauthorization for the CSFAP or the Senior Food Box Program, which the food bank recently started utilizing in October.

Representative Michael Conaway of the House Agriculture Committee says the bill’s focus is to support struggling farmers.
 

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