April 12, 2018/Media, Press

SNAP Cuts Would Have Detrimental Effect for Texans

Austin, TX – House Republicans are proposing more than $20 billion in cuts from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), commonly known as food stamps, through the Farm Bill. These cuts would disproportionately affect our state as 1 out of 7 Texans rely on food stamps to get by and put food on the table.

SNAP participation in Texas by the numbers

  • More than 80% participants are in families with children

  • Almost 26% are in families with members who are elderly or have disabilities

  • More than 54% are in working families

  • SNAP kept 913,000 people out of poverty in Texas, including 479,000 children, per year between 2009 and 2012, on average.

Texas Democratic Chair Gilberto Hinojosa issued the following statement:

“The SNAP program is an important lifeline for so many Texans. No family should have to struggle to put food on the table and no child should have to go to bed hungry.

“We all have a responsibility to keep our most vulnerable Texans – families with children, the elderly, and people with disabilities from going hungry. The SNAP cut proposal would have a devastating effect in Texas. It would send families trying to get back on their feet into further poverty and leave our most vulnerable Texans hungry.

“Trump Republicans need to halt these attack on our families.”