Sad for those who are working and need help.
Amidst all the hand-wringing in the media over the rollout of Obamacare, the largest cuts in the history of USDA’s food stamp program (the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) have taken place largely under the media radar.
The impact won’t be a positive one for animal agriculture.
The cuts went into effect on Nov. 1, when Congress allowed the increase built into the 2009 economic stimulus bill to expire. The reductions, which total about $5 billion, have affected some 47 million people who receive assistance from the SNAP program. That’s 1 in 7 Americans, more than half of whom, by the best estimates, are working the equivalent of a full-time job, although their incomes qualify them for the program.