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States Plan to Reduce Food Stamp Benefits: Creating a “Hunger Cliff”

Lots of Americans are facing a “hunger cliff,” since food stamp benefits will be cut in 32 states starting on Wednesday.

As per data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the changes will affect over 30 million people who are registered with the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, in those states. With 5.1 million and 3.6 million SNAP participants, however, California and Texas belong to the states where participants are vulnerable to reduction.

The cuts, which are scheduled to start in March, are brought on by the expiration of so-called emergency allocations, which increased food stamp payments at the beginning of the pandemic as Americans struggled with severe financial distress. Although the United States is undoubtedly in a better position than in 2020, households are currently having difficulty paying for their meals. According to experts, the cost of groceries was around 11.3% more in January than it was a year ago, making the duration of the SNAP cuts especially difficult.

“This hunger cliff is heading to the large majority of states,” stated Ellen Vollinger, director of SNAP at the Food Research & Action Center, an organization that works to end hunger. “They will on average lose roughly $82 of SNAP benefits a month.” “It is a massive number.”

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