A November 7, 2013 New York Times article, “Cut in Food Stamps Forces Hard Choices for Poor,” reports on the various effects of the cuts to a program that provides critical nutrition to low income households in Charleston, South Carolina and New York City.
The cut translates into food stamp dependent households seeing a $10-20 reduction that brings a variety of negative effects.
These effects include an increased demand at soup kitchens and food pantries, parents making the choice to feed themselves before their children, low income individuals being forced to choose less expensive, less healthy options over more expensive healthier options, and a decrease in revenue at grocery stores that serve low income communities where the majority of shoppers use food stamps.
A quote at the end of the article sums up the devastating effects and public policy implications of the cut,
“People at this level of need are already going hungry,” said Sister Noreen Buttimer, a nun who works at the soup kitchen, a Catholic charity. “It’s frightening how we think about the poor.”