Federal SNAP Cuts Negative Effects on People, Food Banks, Economy

Federal SNAP Cuts Negative Effects on People, Food Banks, Economy
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Pittsburgh, PA – Department of Human Services (DHS) Secretary Teresa Miller on Friday joined representatives from anti-hunger organizations, employment and training programs, local grocery retailers, and state and local officials at the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank to discuss the effects from the Trump Administration’s numerous attacks on the Supplemental Nutrition Access Program (SNAP). Cuts and changes to eligibility for the program will negatively affect charitable food networks across the state, thousands of vulnerable Pennsylvanians, and Pennsylvania’s economy. “SNAP is not just the nation’s most important anti-hunger program – it helps support local farmers and small businesses and grows economies around the country,” Sec. Miller said. “If proposed federal changes to the SNAP program take effect, the negative impacts will be felt well beyond the thousands of SNAP recipients who will be hurt. Without SNAP, charitable food networks will see an increased demand that they may be unable to meet, and retailers and food producers will experience lost profits from a decreased or more constrained customer base.” SNAP helps more than 1.7 million Pennsylvanians access food, including about 700,000 children, about 690,000 people with disabilities, and about 300,000 older adults. If people receive less SNAP benefits each month or lose eligibility altogether, they may not have flexibility to make up the cut to their food budget without missing bills or giving up other essential needs. People will turn to local food banks, pantries, and soup kitchens to help meet this need, which creates additional strain on charitable food networks […]

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