During the month of September 2013, the United States government cut $4 billion from the food stamp budget. This has received a remarkable amount of press and has led many people who are on food stamps to wonder what these food stamp cuts mean for them. If an individual is on food stamps they must look at what these cuts mean for them, how to prepare for these cuts, and if the cuts will it affect them.
What Is Being Cut?
The first question that comes up with food stamp cuts, is what exactly is being cut from the food stamp budget to begin with. There is a common misconception that certain foods are being cut from the food stamp budget very the truth is, it is a matter of funding that is being cut. This means that when someone applies for food stamps, certain guidelines will become stricter and obtaining food stamps will become harder due to the lack of funding. This also means that monthly amounts may be cut as well.
Will You Be Affected?
The next question is will you personally be affected by food stamp cuts. The truth of the matter is that no one really knows. The basic theory is that everyone who is currently on food stamps will receive some form of cut to their monthly benefits. This cut could be as much as 20% or as little as 2%. For those who are new to food stamps or who will be renewing food stamps, they could be affected more. This effect could be a limit on who receives the food stamps, a limit on how much they receive, or a complete denial based on certain stricter guidelines.
When Will the Cuts Take Effect?
The current estimation is that during 2014, 4 million people will be cut from the food stamp program completely. The overall effect will be 3 million a year until 2023. The funding cuts will start in 2014, however it has yet to be determined what month during that year it will be cut. There have been objections to this cut. President Barack Obama has suggested that he will veto the budget cuts while the Democratic Party is staunchly against the budget cuts altogether.
Preparing for the Cuts
There are certain ways you can prepare for these budget cuts. If you meet certain guidelines, you may not be affected by the cuts at all. However, if you are able-bodied, single, and able to be in the best way to prepare for the budget cuts is to look for employment. If you're having employment difficulties, you can also go to job placement companies, temporary staffing agencies, and education programs that will better prepare you for other jobs in and out of your field. Unfortunately, this is one of the only ways to prepare for the cuts other than attempting to creating a nutrition plan for yourself such as vegetarianism or creating a self sustainable and self-reliant food lifestyle for you and your family.