Issue Spotlight: Food Assistance Cut Impacts 1.8 Million Pennsylvanians
Nearly 1.8 million Pennsylvanians saw a cut in food assistance this fall equal to 21 lost meals per month for a family of four, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture data and the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities in Washington, D.C.
This short video explains that those who receive nutrition assistance typically receive benefits for only eight to 10 months, and the average benefit equals $1.49 per meal per day. For many families SNAP benefits do not last through the end of the month.
"Food stamps help feed more than 1 million Pennsylvania children, seniors, and their families — a goal that has been achieved with a record high accuracy rate in recent years," PBPC Director Sharon Ward writes in a letter to the Erie Times-News.
Businesses that don’t invest become less competitive. It’s the same for our state. Only by investing in our schools, roads, workforce and other assets and lifting people out of poverty will we enjoy a more prosperous future. Read Sharon Ward's op-ed on reducing poverty originally published in the Harrisburg Patriot-News.