4 million more people would be poor if it weren’t for food stamps

September 17, 2013

More Census news! The Center for Budget and Policy Priorities did some additional number-crunching on population growth, and found that the income from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program--commonly known as food stamps--pushed 4 million people above the official poverty line in 2012.


That doesn't mean they're not still poor, of course, but it can sure help to not have to worry about going hungry all the time.

It's a particularly important statistic, given that House Republicans are moving a bill that would cut funding for the SNAP program by $39 billion over a 10-year period. Farmers and the elderly are mobilizing against it, hoping that conservatives from poorer districts won't have the stomach to cut their constituents' benefits by that much.

Lydia DePillis is a reporter focusing on labor, business, and housing. She previously worked at The New Republic and the Washington City Paper. She's from Seattle.
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