The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and Farm Bill are still in conference committee, and with that the future of programs with SNAP, formerly known as food stamps, is uncertain. The House is proposing a $40 billion cut and the Senate approved a $4 billion cut. Danielle Pettit-Majewski, Director of Washington County Public Health, explains that if funding is cut 280,000 children will lose free and reduced lunch. She adds that it will be tough for families, particularly at a time when food banks are already seeking more charitable donations.
The legislative budget committee’s deadline is December 13th and more information is expected by that time.