Regardless of whether Republicans succeed in cutting food stamps this year, the 22 million American households relying on the program will see their benefits drop in November.
The looming reduction has received little attention since lawmakers set it in motion years ago. The average household’s monthly benefit from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program will drop by $20 or $25, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a liberal Washington think tank.
“The general public doesn’t realize it,” Celia Cole, CEO of the Texas Food Bank Network, told The Huffington Post on Monday. “We certainly know the low income people on SNAP don’t know the cut is coming.”