More than one in seven Wisconsinites — including 379,000 children and 164,000 seniors — will see their monthly food stamp benefits fall in November as provisions from a 2009 economic stimulus law phase out.
Overall, families in the state will receive about $89 million less over the next year through the FoodShare Wisconsin program, according to a report by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. As a result, the program’s cost to federal taxpayers in this state and the rest of the country will fall by a similar amount.
A further cut could be possible as Congress deliberates on the next federal Farm Bill and ways to decrease the growing federal debt.
According to a report by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a household of three (for example a mother with two children) will lose $29 a month — or a total of $319 per year. That represents a nearly twenty percent cut in good stamps.
For anyone who thinks these cuts aren’t severe, here’s some video of Democratic Rep. Pete DeFazio of Oregon trying to shop on the average weekly SNAP allowance.