FAMILIES AT RISK AS SNAP BENEFITS EXPIRE

NAACP Interim President and CEO Makes Statement on Scheduled Expiration of a Federal Stimulus Package for Food Stamp Program

(Baltimore, MD)—A reduction of federal stimulus funding for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is set for today. Funding is set to decrease by 5.4 percent.

According to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, for families of three, the cut will be $29 a month — a total of $319 for November 2013 through September 2014, the remaining months of fiscal year 2014, and SNAP benefits will average less than $1.40 per person per meal in 2014. In response, Lorraine Miller, NAACP Interim President and CEO, released the following statement:

“The reduction in vital food assistance benefits is endangering millions of families in the United States,” said Lorraine C. Miller, NAACP Interim President and CEO. “Our elected officials have dropped the ball during a time when too many American families are still suffering from high rates of unemployment and increased homelessness. It is deplorable that in this day and age some politicians are unwilling to take care of their fellow citizens in need. Congress must act immediately to restore these essential funds.“

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