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SNAP cuts will hurt kids
SNAP cuts will hurt kids
Posted by Brett Kincaid on August 2nd 2013



More than 500,000 people in Arkansas will see a cut in food assistance benefits this fall according to new data released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and discussed in a new report from the Washington, DC-based Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

Despite being a political lightning rod, SNAP benefits are a big help to Arkansas's low-income families. SNAP helps one in three* Arkansas children get enough food to eat. There will be even less money available starting this November thanks to Congress.

The cuts will have a huge impact on businesses, like local grocery stores. Arkansas retailers will miss out on $52 million in potential revenue once federal cuts to SNAP go into effect on November 1.

Throughout the history of the program, SNAP has never experienced a reduction in benefits that impacts all participants. This particular cut will affect 22 million children nationwide. Given the fact that benefits are already inadequate for many families, these cuts will be particularly painful.

* 2011 USDA SNAP Household Characteristics data, April 2013 USDA administrative data on current SNAP participation, U.S. Census Bureau state population estimates and national projections, and CBO May 2013 baseline 



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