Senior Policy Analyst
This infographic summarizes basic facts about unemployed childless adults receiving SNAP (formerly food stamps), roughly 1 million of whom will be cut off SNAP over the course of 2016 — regardless of how hard they are looking for work — as a three-month time limit on benefits returns in many areas. (Click here for full image. Click here for printable version.)
Congress should revise the harsh three-month cutoff to better accomplish its stated goal of testing individuals’ willingness to work. If it doesn’t, some of the nation’s poorest people will lose an average of $150 to $200 a month in benefits. This means food banks, pantries, and soup kitchens can expect a sustained increase in food requests because “there are not very many options to get help when you need food,” the operations director of a Bozeman, Montana, food bank explains. Also, homeless shelters may see an increase in need as some people forgo rent payments to buy food.