Around 850,000 Kentuckians receive food stamps and many are likely to see a reduction in their allowance after a four-year-old federal funding boost expires in November.
If the cuts go into effect, a family of three will get about $29 less per month, says Ashley Spaulding, a research associate at the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy.
“These food assistance programs are already modest and with the cuts they will average less than $1.40 per person, per meal in 2014,” she says.
It’s unlikely Congress will agree to extend the boost in funding for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program—or SNAP. Both the Democratic-led Senate and Republican-led House are in the middle of trying to pass a farm bill that would include the program but the two partieis disagree with the amount of money SNAP should receive.
House Republican’s introduced a bill this week that would cut SNAP funding by $40 billion over several years, twice the amount it proposed earlier this year. Democrats denounced the proposal.
The think tank Center on Budget and Policy Priorities says states may want to alert those using food stamps soon.