Last week the US House voted in favor of a controversial, extreme and stunningly harsh measure that cuts a staggering $40 billion from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program—formerly known as food stamps. The cuts are twice the amount originally proposed by the House earlier this year and ten times more than those adopted by a strong bipartisan majority in the U.S. Senate. If the legislation becomes law, it will take away food assistance for as many as four million poor Americans.
In North Carolina, 1.7 million families rely on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program to put food on their tables. At a cost of only $1.35 per meal in North Carolina, it is also one of the nation’s most efficient and effective services for the poor.