Yesha Callahan

One Million Americans to Lose Food Stamp Benefits By 2016

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According to a new report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP), unemployed childless adults who are not disabled but are in need of food between the ages of 18 and 50 will be dropped from Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as Food Stamp Program by 2016.

Enrollment in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) has been decreasing since late 2013 due to the economic improvement. The decrease, according to the study partially represents people getting jobs, but also represent single people who no longer qualify for food stamp assistance, despite still struggling financially.

States are expected to revert back to the former requirement that ‘able-bodied childless adults’ who are not disabled or raising minor children, or enrolled in job training or work 20 hours per week if they want more than three months of financial assistance. Sadly, people who are unable to find jobs will be out of luck, since very few states offer training or workforce programs that meet the requirements.

“The loss of benefits will likely increase hardship for these 1 million unemployed Americans who rely upon SNAP to meet their basic nutritional needs,” Ed Bolen wrote on the CBPP’s website. “With Congress unlikely to act, states need to begin planning for the reduction to ensure that clients and the many organizations and SNAP stakeholders that work with them are aware of the upcoming change and its effects.”

The enrollment decrease could cut off benefits for about 1 million adults, nearly all of whom fall below the poverty line, according to CBPP’s estimates.

“The loss of this food assistance, which averages approximately $150 to $200 per person per month for this group, will likely cause serious hardship among many,” the study  states. To prepare, states should “prepare heavily affected local communities” for increased demand at food banks and homeless shelters, says the CBPP.

  1. January 8, 2015 - Reply

    This was me one summer in college back in 2005/2006. I couldn’t find a job to save my life. I event went to the pastor of the church I was attending to get some assistance and was told their “emergency/hardship fund” was for families who had suffered an unforeseen hardship like a house fire or death in the family and because I was young and able to work I couldn’t get any assistance. Finally swallowed my pride and went to the food stamp office only to be told I had to be working at least 20 hours a week to get any aide. I started to cry and asked what should I do and was told “try to get pregnant’. O_o I was shocked. With nothing else and no one else I ended up selling plasma that summer to feed myself. Often passing out while riding my bike to the bank to deposit the money in the swelter Louisiana heat because I hadn’t eaten in days. It’s no joke. Not everyone on government assistance is lazy or has multiple kids or is disabled. Some people are just trying to make it in this world alone or have loving families but they are scraping by themselves so there is nothing extra to help.

    • January 8, 2015 - Reply


      Thank you for sharing and I’m sorry for you ordeal (the’try to get pregnant’ part is quite nauseating). Nixon is still successful in creating the ‘welfare queen’ stereotype. You are an example that there is no stereotype for hardship. In fact, the growing SNAP receipients are the elderly. It disgusts me because this benefit is needed more desperately during these rough times which show no clear sign of easing up.

      • January 8, 2015 - Reply


        Maybe this free 2 yr community college plan President Obama just introduced can make up for it…

        • January 12, 2015 - Reply


          A lot of it has nothing to do with education and more to do with discrimination. My friends with white names have struggled a lot less with unemployment. “Joi” my middle name, has no problems getting interviews. I go back in forth between wanting to start my own business and wanting to change my name. But why should I change my name because it makes people uncomfortable. It’s not hard to pronounce or hard to spell. Maybe I should leave the d-mn country.

          • January 14, 2015 - Reply


            Not sure if you’re referring to SNAP or the community college proposal.
            But I personally cannot relate with your issue either. I too, like your friends have a white name (Delia isn’t my name). In fact, my name is one of the whitest LOL, I’m not even exaggerating. Everyone knows an older white lady with my name lol. I think it does comfort white people and makes me less ‘threatening’ in a way. Anyways, I love my name and I am very aware of the advantages I receive from it, even though it’s not right.
            I can’t tell you what to do, but changing your name personally is extreme even though many have done so with success. If you keep it, you’re going to have to be twice as good as the next and work twice as hard to get where you want to be, I’m sure you have already been doing that…

    • January 9, 2015 - Reply


      Wow I honestly thought I was the only one that encountered an adult/professional telling me that. I graduated from undergrad…desperate for a job, was having a hard time getting one and I went in to apply for assistance and was told to get pregnant too. I was so shocked, applauded and disgusted. I tell the story to this day four years later.

      It planted a sour seed in my mind and pretty much a sense of jealously that those that I was raised not to be like and those, even friends of mine who made the conscious decisions to not work and just make babies, smoke and drink and just look fly or or whatever were living “the life” with rent assistance and food stamps that allowed them to buy foods I could only dream about at the time. While I had a degree, I was a last check away from homelessness and darn near wallowing in hopelessness. It such a shame that that thought process is promoted and that those who truly need that help will not be able to get it.

    • January 11, 2015 - Reply


      someone should do a study of all the welfare offices to see how often folks are being told to get pregnant for assistance. it reeks of sexism (doubt any man is being told to go knock up whoever he can find to get help), possibly racism (i can’t prove this but a study probably could), and gov’t inefficiencies/fraud. have you considered sending your story to dateline or 20/20 and suggest that they do one of those undercover investigations?

    • January 12, 2015 - Reply


      I’ve been there. I was pissed to learn that I couldn’t get any help without having children in Ca. Moved in with my parents and thanked God they were alive otherwise I would have been living under the 405 fwy somewhere. When I see black women on the streets sometimes you can tell that they just got there. I will give them whatever I have because I know that I could have been them.

      Being in the mortgage industry, I literally went from over 100k/yr to unemployment to nothing.

      I wish our society was more empathetic to the challenges we face in working class. Most of us aren’t lazy, infact, we are too proud at times to ask for help until it’s too late. Family who are middle class and stable, are usually stingy az hel.

  2. January 8, 2015 - Reply

    This is why we need to contribute to local food banks

  3. January 8, 2015 - Reply

    This is why we need to donate to our local food banks

    • January 8, 2015 - Reply

      @Mary Burrell

      That is very sweet and gracious of you Sister.

  4. January 8, 2015 - Reply

    This is specifically one of President Obama’s deal to compromise with the Republican party…Just another way to widen the gap that is already far too wide. Another way to deprive citizens of a chance from completely hitting rock bottom. Oh America the beautiful…

  5. January 9, 2015 - Reply

    This is very unfortunate. There are people who need the SNAP benefits and these people work, they care for their families, and they are upright individuals. A mostly Republican Congress will probably not do anything to prevent one million Americans from losing food stamp benefits by 2016. Certainly, the Golden Rule is an important ideal to advance in any age.

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