The nation’s basic supports for low-income, non-elderly adults without children are weak, fragmented, and often highly restrictive, leaving many of these individuals without help they need to afford the basics.
With the holiday season upon us and federal unemployment benefits for more than 12 million jobless workers expiring the day after Christmas, a growing number of households are under severe financial strain.
With COVID-19 still not under control — in fact, cases are spiking in many parts of the country — and the economic recovery slowing, additional well-designed relief measures are vital to relieving hardship.
The proposed changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program would end or cut benefits for a substantial number of low-income people.
President Trump’s 2019 budget proposes to cut the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program by more than $213 billion over the next ten years — nearly a 30 percent cut.
Administration’s 2018 Budget Would Severely Weaken and Cut the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
While SNAP provides only a modest benefit — just $1.35 on average per person per meal for households with children — it forms a critical foundation for the health and well-being of America’s children, lifting millions of families and their children out of poverty and improving food security.