Looming SNAP Cuts Will Harm both Families and Local Economies
Nearly 900,000 people in Wisconsin will see a cut in their food assistance benefits starting Friday, making it harder for many Wisconsin families to put food on the table, according to a new Wisconsin Budget Project report.
The across-the-board cuts will reduce food assistance by $89 million in this fiscal year, when a boost to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, also known as food stamps), is set to expire.
Wisconsin children will be especially hard hit by the cut, as 1 out of 3 Wisconsin children received SNAP benefits last year. In some areas of the state, such as Milwaukee and rural counties in northern Wisconsin, SNAP is such an important support for families that more than half the children receive assistance over the course of the year.
In addition to helping feed hungry families, SNAP is one of the fastest, most effective ways to stimulate a struggling economy. That’s because benefits are spent almost immediately on food at local grocery stores.
On top of the reductions that go into effect this week, the House of Representatives has passed a bill that would cut even deeper — slashing an additional $40 billion from food assistance over the next ten years.
SNAP is a powerful tool that help keeps Wisconsin families out of poverty. Reducing benefit levels or restricting eligibility during slow economic times will make it harder for Wisconsin residents to make ends meet, and could harm local economies.
For more on how SNAP cuts harm Wisconsin families and businesses, read the new Wisconsin Budget Project report.