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Food Stamp Vote Expected This Week

  

Congress is expected to vote this week on proposed ten year reductions to SNAP, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

"It's about to be cut by $40 billion."

Dawn Dunlap is against any cuts. She's with the Sacramento Hunger Coalition, a group working to increase access to healthy food in the region.

Today, the coalition launched a social media campaign called SNAP Helps Us All, a way for people to lobby congress by telling personal stories about benefiting from the program.

"This would mean the difference between eating and going hungry for many families, specifically children, seniors and elderly make up 76% of who uses SNAP."

But supporters of the cuts say they will encourage more people to seek out job training.

Under the proposal, unemployed people on food stamps who don't have kids and who can't find at least a part-time job, will be taken off the program after three months.

About four million Californians receive food stamp benefits.

Steve Milne

Morning Edition Anchor & Reporter

Steve is the voice of Capital Public Radio News as anchor of Morning Edition and Insight. He covers stories on a wide range of topics including: business, education, real estate, agriculture and music. Steve also produced stories for CapRadio.org.   Read Full Bio