More Possible SNAP Benefit Cuts Through Farm Bill

If the Federal Farm Bill passes in the near future, some people who use SNAP Benefits, or Food Stamps, could be seeing even less money in the future. And that has some health officials concerned.
By Joshua Cole Little

LUBBOCK, TX--- If the Federal Farm Bill passes in the near future, some people who use SNAP Benefits, or Food Stamps, could be seeing even less money in the future. And that has some health officials concerned.

In October of 2013, 5 billion dollars were cut from SNAP Benefits and according to the Farm Bill, if it passes as is, almost 9 billion more or 90 dollars per family will be cut.

More than two months after families lost benefits from the last cut, David Weaver at the South Plains Food Bank says, he's seen  this has taken quite the affect on some. 

"We talk to clients out in the field they're adapting, they're adjusting. They're just not buying some of the healthier products they would normally buy." 

He says less income, means less likely a family will get the proper food they need to remain healthy. 

"There's still a lot of people here in Lubbock in particular that are under employed they're not working at the same wage jobs they were before so those cuts are hurting."

Naturally  that has some health officials concerned.

"The children are probably the ones that are most at risk. For the failure to thrive for the lack of nutrition, " says dietitian Lori Kiker. She also says this could lead to a greater risk of food insecurities.

"When you're poor you just don't necessarily know where your next meal is coming from and even though food is readily available they just dont have the ability to purchase it." 
Its not just that doctors are afraid more people will suffer from food insecurities. 
But also that if these cuts are made-- Health care cost see a rise as well. 

Now congress is still working on the Farm Bill, so these added cuts are not going into effect just yet. 
However-- the food bank has expanded their mobile pantry operations to more than 20 difference areas in the South Plains. Helping people get the nutrition they need. 

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