NJ SNAP Recipients Face Decrease in Benefits October 1

SNAP Cuts Equivalent of 5 Meals for a Family of Four

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Benefits in New Jersey will decrease beginning October 1, 2017. SNAP is the former Food Stamp program and low-income families rely on SNAP to put groceries on their table.

The numbers below show the maximum amount of benefits, by household size and how it will change for the upcoming federal fiscal year, October 2017 – September 2018.

  • All households receiving SNAP benefits will be affected by this cut in benefits.
  • The amount of the decrease will depend on the number of people and the net income of the SNAP household.
  • For a family of four, the cuts to SNAP will be equivalent to cutting five meals for a family four with monthly benefits decreasing from $649 to $640.
  • If you have specific questions, please contact your County Welfare Agency (CWA).

An April 5, 2017 op-ed in NJ Spotlight, Irwin Stoolmacher wrote, “Hunger affects one out of seven American men, woman, and children. Some 42.2 million Americans live in food-insecure households, including more than 13 million children.”

“Roughly 14 percent of Americans participate in SNAP (43.6 million individuals). For many of these folks, including many in the Rust Belt who have lost their manufacturing jobs, SNAP provides a vital lifeline that helps as they attempt to get back on their feet. Forty percent of the households receiving SNAP benefits have a least one working person and 69 percent of them have children,” said Stoolmacher.

Stoolmacher points out that we cannot rely on the nonprofit sector to fill the gaps created by these cuts.

“In spite of the fact (that)the number of charities in America is growing at an astronomical rate from 518,000 in 1985 to more than 1 million today. Although more than 50,000 new nonprofits are being added each year, the nonprofit sector is not set up to feed every hungry person in each community throughout our nation. The vast majority of food pantries and soup kitchens are small entities that only feed those who live in close proximity to their sites.”

“The charitable sector does not raise the kind of money needed to solve systemic problems like persistent malnutrition. Nor can the nonprofit sector raise the enormous amounts of funds needed to provide quality health care to those who cannot afford or sustain a basic social and human care safety net for our nation’s permanently or temporarily vulnerable citizens.”

New Jersey Department of Human Services SNAP Flyer

Irwin Stoolmacher’s Op-ed

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