SNAP – The House of Representatives voted to drastically cut the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

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Statement of Howard Bedlin, NCOA Vice President for Public Policy & Advocacy

Washington, DC – The National Council on Aging (NCOA) is deeply disappointed that the House of Representatives voted 217-210 yesterday to drastically cut the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

The House bill cuts SNAP funding by $40 billion, causing significant harm to vulnerable seniors and other Americans who are food insecure. Nearly 3 million households with seniors—6.5 million people—lack access to enough food for a healthy life.

Nearly 4 million people aged 60+ are enrolled in SNAP. Yet, the typical senior household enrolled in the program has an annual income under $10,000 and only receives about $4 per day in benefits. This modest benefit helps seniors who too often are forced to choose between paying for food, medicine, rent, or other daily costs.

Included in the cuts are reductions to federal funding used to reach millions of seniors who are eligible for, but not receiving, this critical benefit. Only about one-third of eligible seniors actually receive SNAP. State and local agencies rely on federal outreach funds to help these vulnerable seniors enroll.

The bill also eliminates provisions that streamline access to SNAP, making it more difficult for individuals with modest assets but limited fixed incomes to receive the benefit. This change will drop 1.8 million low-income Americans—many of them seniors—off the program.

NCOA strives for an America where no senior goes to bed hungry. The House bill severely undermines this effort. NCOA urges the Senate to vote against it and applauds the President’s intent to veto it.

This is sad to see them push this through for a farm bill what is the us coming to?

September 21, 2013 |

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