One in seven Michigan residents relies on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to access the nutritious food their families need to grow and thrive.
At United Way, we work to build strong and healthy communities. SNAP helps achieve this goal by pulling families in Southeastern Michigan out of poverty, increasing participation in local economies and ensuring that children have access to fresh food.
The changes outlined in President Trump’s proposed budget weaken all of these efforts and would make it harder for families in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties to put food on the table.
The proposed budget would cut SNAP by more than $213 billion over the next 10 years. In addition, eligibility and benefit changes made by this budget would result in 4 million people losing access to SNAP altogether.
On top of these overwhelming cuts, this budget would change the way SNAP recipients receive their benefits.
SNAP allows recipients to make choices about what foods are best for their families by providing a card that can be used in grocery stores. This method of SNAP delivery encourages personal responsibility in recipients and generates economic activity for grocery stores and grocery store employees. For every $1 spent in SNAP benefits, $1.70 in economic activity is generated.
SNAP recipients would see their benefits cut in half and would lose much of their ability to choose what foods are purchased by receiving the other half in the form of a USDA Foods package consisting of shelf-stable milk, ready to-eat-cereals, pasta, peanut butter, beans and canned fruit and vegetables. These packages would not take into account levels of cooking and food preparation skills. Families would not receive any fresh fruits or vegetables in these boxes, and local communities would lose economic stimulation from SNAP dollars.
Join us in telling our elected officials to reject the president’s budget!