SNAP Judgment

President Trump’s proposed changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program could save $9.3 billion over 5 years. Critics say low-income working families and elderly people would be hit hardest.
 
Individuals receiving federal benefits can automatically enroll in SNAP. This lack of individual assessment trims red tape, but change supporters see a “loophole” that’s enabled fraud. Proposed audits would cut assistance for those with over $2,250 in assets or a gross income 130% above the poverty line—some 8% of current SNAP recipients.
 
Food insecurity experts worry such cuts without improvements to assistance programs could contribute to higher poverty rates and food insecurity among vulnerable populations. 
 
PBS NewsHour

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