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Some Hoosiers Raising Concerns About White House's Proposed Cut To SNAP Program
Updated June 6, 2017 6:11 AM
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(INDIANAPOLIS) - Some Hoosiers are raising concerns about the White House's proposed budget and what it could mean for the hundreds of thousands of people using SNAP.

Some organizations say it would result in about a $193 billion cut to SNAP over 10 years.

"It proposes $193 billion in cuts to the SNAP program over 10 years, that amounts to a 25 percent cut that would result in about 45 million meals lost," says Emily Weikert Bryant executive director of Feeding Indiana's Hungry.

She says the plan would eliminate some ways people can qualify for the program and would require the state to pay part of the benefits. She estimates that cost at just under $2 billion over 10 years.

Feeding Indiana's Hungry is partnering with the Indiana Institute for Working Families to launch a campaign, "Snap Works 4 Hoosiers,"

"It gets a bad reputation but it's actually one of the most effective and efficient programs," she added.

The administration has said it's not taking away a safety net, but trying to figure out if there's people using the program who don't need it. It said the number of people using SNAP spiked during the recession but has not dropped as expected.

Feeding Indiana's Hungry said there are about 700,000 Hoosiers using it.

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