The Texas Food Bank Network (TFBN) released estimates today of the serious impact that a House-proposed farm bill could have on federal SNAP (food stamps) benefits and the struggling Texans who rely on them. A similar bill with fewer cuts passed the Senate Monday evening.
The most drastic change under debate, to a state policy known as “Categorical Eligibility,” could dramatically impact the Texas food retail sector, eliminate millions of meals for hungry families and cut 171,000 Texans off food assistance immediately.
“We shouldn’t be cutting the deficit on the backs of Texas children, seniors and the disabled,” said Celia Cole, CEO of the Texas Food Bank Network (TFBN). “These are the majority of SNAP recipients in Texas. These are our vulnerable neighbors who will suffer from these cuts.”
TFBN made impact estimates available for every Texas county on its website, TFBN. org. “Categorical eligibility” is a policy that allows Texas to set SNAP eligibility guidelines in order to help low-income families develop savings, or own a reliable car so they can seek or keep employment.
“Taking flexibility away from states to help families achieve financial stability is not sound policy,” said Cole. “These cuts will create a huge meal gap that charities like our food banks will be unable to fill. We urge Congress to reject any farm bill that that will hurt needy families.”
AREA DOLLARS LOST MEALS ELIMINATED TEXANS REMOVED
Texas $1,098,308,329 481,714,179 71,091
Bexar Cty $87,042,876 38,176,700 13,559
Dallas Cty $117,004,016 51,317,551 18,227
Harris Cty $174,109,102 76,363,641 27,122
Tarrant Cty $66,329,382 29,091,834 10,333
Travis Cty $34,232,230 15,014,136 5,333
The Texas Food Bank Network provides a unified voice among food banks in support of their common mission to end hunger in Texas. Learn more at TFBN.org.