SNAP Benefit Cuts: What to Expect in NYC

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"When these cuts hit in the next six months, it's going to be astronomical in terms of the demand...the supply is not there" — Sheena Wright, President & CEO, United Way of New York City

 

DON'T MISS THE CHANCE TO SEE THIS INTERVIEW AIR AGAIN ON
SUNDAY, MARCH 30 AT 12:00PM CHANNEL 7, WABC

 

When the Farm Bill was passed last week, an impending crisis - on top of the crisis many families are already experiencing - was created.  The cuts not only represented a loss to SNAP recipients, but also to businesses.  "$19 million a month, we're going to lose, because people have less money to spend on food."  Our President & CEO, Sheena Wright, talks to ABC 7 Here and Now host Sandra Bookman about the fallout that is expected in the next six months for NYC families and individuals with the passage of devastating cuts to nutrition assistance (SNAP) benefits.

How SNAP Cuts Affect New York City

Important to note in this article, while an $8 billion SNAP benefit cut may affect 4% of SNAP recipients overall - the effect is disproportionate to New York State and City.  35% of New York State recipients and 25% of New York City recipients will be affected.

Read the New York Times article that includes comments from our President & CEO, Sheena Wright.

SNAP Facts:

  • 47 million US residents rely on SNAP—1.8 Million residents in New York City alone.
  • More than half of SNAP recipients are children, seniors, veterans, and people with disabilities.

What Can You Do?

As discussed in the Here and Now video, here are a few things that you can do to help:

  • Change the way that SNAP benefits are viewed. Spread the word on social networks like Facebook (See comment box below) and Twitter, link to this page and others with facts about #SNAP benefit recipients.
  • Help raise resources to try to bridge the gap that these cuts have created.
  • Be an advocate to change the next version of the Farm Bill.  Tell Congress and the President that everyone lost when SNAP benefits were cut.