[caption id="attachment_17407" align="alignleft"]Right to left: Colleen DeCubellis, executive director of Hunger Solutions and SNAP recipients Evelyn Shelafeo, Erin Pavlica and Tyler Lindroth offer first-hand insights on the importance of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) during a listening session at the state Capitol. Photo: Harry Colbert, Jr.[/caption]For those with little or no income, government food assistance is the only way in which some are able eat.
But come Nov. 1 that assistance may be greatly reduced. This past May the House Committee on Agricultural passed the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act (H.R. 1947), also known as the Farm Bill. The bill cuts Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits – formerly know as the food stamp program – by $20.5 billion over the next 10 years.