The state budget proposal approved last week by the North Carolina Senate would cut SNAP benefits (“food stamps”) for 51,236 children statewide. A significant portion of the children who would lose SNAP benefits would also lose their free or reduced school lunch, since eligibility for that program is tied to SNAP enrollment for many children.
Children need food to grow strong, to stay healthy, and to thrive at school. Losing access to food assistance at home and at school hurts North Carolina kids and jeopardizes their long-term development.
The benefits in question are 100 percent federally-funded, which means that eliminating them does not save any money in the state budget. With no impact on state spending, it is difficult to understand the motivation for eliminating such critical assistance.
To read more about this proposal and why SNAP benefits are important, read NC Child's recent issue brief here.
To see how many children would lose benefits in your county under the Senate budget proposal, click here.
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