That is when Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, benefits are set to fall for more than 47 million lower-income people — 1 in 7 Americans — most of whom live in households with children, seniors or people with disabilities. Barring congressional intervention, the maximum payment for a family of four will shrink from $668 a month to $632, or $432 over the course of a year.
That amounts to 21 meals per month, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The cuts will leave participants in the program, better known as food stamps, with an average of $1.40 to spend on each meal. The amount people get could sink even more if Congress makes deeper cuts later this year when House and Senate lawmakers try to hammer out a farm bill.
As food gets more and more expensive—some of the most basic things that I buy, like fruits and vegetables, have noticeably increased in price over the last year—we're asking poor people to make do with less and less. And this is the safety net that low-wage employers like McDonald's are asking their employees to take advantage of! These are working poor people who are trying to do everything right, and starting tomorrow, they're going to have to make do with a lot less.