Due to the non-renewal of increased federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) funds, over 4,000,000 families will see reduced funds coming from CalFresh, California’s nutrition program for low-income families. The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities estimates that a family of four is set to lose $36 per month, leading to the possibility of skipped meals and nutrition support that is essential for a sustainable, healthy lifestyle.
Nationally, United Way is firmly opposed to SNAP cuts as reducing food assistance will compromise the ability of low-income families to become financially sustainable. If you would like to take action, we encourage you to write to your local representatives and tell them about the impact of SNAP cuts in your community, or visit a district office. With budget negotiations on the farm bill currently taking place, we have opportunities to make sure future cuts in SNAP and other critical assistance programs don’t materialize.