With drastic potential changes to the Snap Program the U.S. House narrowly passed the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018 (Farm Bill).
The new Proposed bill is seeking deep cuts to Snap benefits that could stop millions from receiving food stamps and toughen work requirements for program participants.
Maverick County has approximately 16,327 people that are dependent on food stamps and could possibly be affected by the proposed changes.
The new Farm Bill includes cuts of more than $20 billion in SNAP benefits over the next 10 years.
The new statutes also contain provisions that could see more than 2 million low-income individuals lose their benefits or experience reductions in financial assistance.
Back in 2013 cuts to the Snap Program under the Farm Bill decreased funding to millions of food stamp recipients including locally. Beneficiaries saw an overall decrease of $196,636 a month less in SNAP Food benefits.
Those cuts will remain along with the new cuts under the recently proposed Farm bill if it passes.