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Because of SNAP, more than a half million Minnesotans have been able to stay above the poverty line. Minnesota experienced a 56 percent increase in SNAP enrollment from 2007-2010.
The state also witnessed an unprecedented increase in seniorSNAP enrollment during the recession.
The SNAP program provides supplemental purchasing power at the grocery store for low-income families and seniors.
The average monthly benefit for a senior in Minnesota is $76, and $234 for a family household. SNAP provides relief for 6-8 months, on average.
Every five years, Congress reauthorizes the Farm Bill, a comprehensive piece of legislation that includes, among other items, SNAP/Food Stamps.
This year, the Farm Bill is up for re-authorization. In advance of the renewal, Congressional attacks on SNAP/Food Stamps are increasing – both in the form of structural changes and/or devastating cuts.
This well-run federal program sends millions of dollars into our community to help individuals, families, and seniors to alleviate hunger, and prevent nutrition related health concerns.
This infusion of federal funding is also an economic stimulus for businesses of all kinds from farmers to the small town grocer.
SNAP was designed to eliminate deep poverty and malnutrition, and has helped to sustain children, families, and seniors in times of desperation for more than four decades. There has never been a greater need for SNAP, and the program’s continued funding will be critical for our most vulnerable citizens.
We strongly oppose proposals to cap or reduce funding, restrict eligibility or reduce benefits in the program. This is the time to strengthen, not weaken, our nation’s nutrition safety net.