Congress must restore food aid to poor Americans

For decades, SNAP has enjoyed strong bipartisan support nationally and here in California because of its effectiveness in ensuring the poorest and hungriest people in our nation can put food on the table. SNAP is targeted to the most vulnerable people in our communities.

The average beneficiary household has an income of only 57 percent of the federal poverty guideline; and 84 percent of all benefits go to households with a child, senior or disabled person. SNAP not only benefits low-income families, it also helps businesses that serve them and their communities. Moody’s Analytics estimates that in a weak economy every $1 increase in SNAP benefits generates $1.71 in economic activity.

For these reasons, the Simpson-Bowles and Domenici-Rivlin commissions and the Gang of Six August 2011 deficit agreement protected the program from cuts, and President Obama, in budgets for fiscal years 2012 and 2013, included proposals to strengthen the program.

2012-07-04 00:00:00
San Jose Mercury News