An Uncertain Future for the 47 Million Who Rely on Food Stamps

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

A girl pays for her mother's groceries using Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) tokens, more commonly known as Food Stamps, at the GrowNYC Greenmarket in Union Square on September 18, 2013 in NYC. (Andrew Burton/Getty)

Lawmakers in Washington are grappling over the nation's $500 billion farm bill in an effort to agree on a new five-year plan before the end of the year.

One of the most talked about elements of the bill is the fate of the Supplemental Nutrition and Assistance Program (SNAP), which is better known as food stamps.

Both the House and the Senate have found common ground on the decision to slash funding for food stamps. The Republican-controlled House is advocating cutting $39 billion from the program over the next 10 years, and the Democratic-controlled Senate is pushing for a $4 billion cut.

But for the 47 million Americans who rely on SNAP, the fiscal squeeze on food stamps is already being felt at home. On November 1 SNAP allocations under President Barack Obama’s 2009 stimulus bill ended, trimming food stamps allocations by as much as $36 a month for a family of four.

Takeaway Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich breaks down the political jockeying over the future of food stamps.


Todd Zwillich

Produced by:

Ellen Frankman


T.J. Raphael

Comments [2]

Janet and James Splidsboel from Portland, Oregon

I was disappointed to listen to information about the Farm Bill and realize not a word was spoken about the King Amendment in the Farm Bill which would eliminate so many animal protections. I am concerned about reduction in food stamps for human beings, and likewise I am concerned about mistreatment of other living creatures.

Nov. 12 2013 07:18 PM
Larry Fisher from Brooklyn, N.Y.

You don't want 50 million hungry Americans walking around, they might get grouchy

Nov. 12 2013 02:22 PM

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