N.C. Senate cuts SNAP food assistance benefits

Press release from Roy Cooper


Senate Republicans quietly inserted a provision in their budget to cut SNAP food assistance benefits for 133,000 North Carolinians last week, including 51,000 children.

The cuts were not debated or mentioned by Republican leaders, and would not save the state any money, as the food assistance program is 100% federally funded. The cuts are also expected to cause many students from low-income families to lose free and reduced lunch eligibility.

“In addition to giving millionaires tax breaks 60 times larger than middle class families, Senate Republicans quietly slipped a provision in their budget to cut 100% federally-funded food-stamps for 133,000 North Carolinians. This includes 51,000 children, many of whose free or reduced lunch status is jeopardized with this action. This food makes a real difference for families who need it and doesn’t cost North Carolina any state tax money. Lining the pockets of millionaires while going out of the way to make it harder for children to eat is just wrong,” said Governor Roy Cooper.

See how many families and children would be affected by these cuts in each county:




 

COUNTY NAME Total Individuals by County Total Children Age 18 Years and Younger
Alamance 2010 833
Alexander 417 134
Alleghany 123 37
Anson 453 139
Ashe 340 97
Avery 187 59
Beaufort 677 197
Bertie 331 74
Bladen 581 197
Brunswick 1354 451
Buncombe 3141 1096
Burke 1042 353
Cabarrus 2887 1311
Caldwell 1086 334
Camden 61 18
Carteret 792 248
Caswell 277 60
Catawba 2334 906
Chatham 884 385
Cherokee 325 63
Chowan 206 54
Clay 129 36
Cleveland 1397 419
Columbus 670 222
Craven 1165 393
Cumberland 4330 1635
Currituck 203 74
Dare 361 136
Davidson 2246 810
Davie 523 207
Duplin 1034 456
Durham 4608 2062
Edgecombe 787 221
Forsyth 5307 2239
Franklin 920 338
Gaston 2840 1060
Gates 130 34
Graham 78 22
Granville 745 278
Greene 351 136
Guilford 7599 3033
Halifax 933 246
Harnett 1611 628
Haywood 750 238
Henderson 1266 484
Hertford 348 86
Hoke 855 350
Hyde 59 19
Iredell 1187 471
Jackson 406 126
Johnston 3097 1274
Jones 191 51
Lee 1233 502
Lenoir 868 312
Lincoln 800 280
Macon 517 164
Madison 227 68
Martin 373 114
McDowell 699 228
Mecklenburg 15674 7003
Mitchell 177 33
Montgomery 455 190
Moore 831 299
Nash 1280 505
New Hanover 2638 966
Northampton 319 81
Onslow 1906 697
Orange 1207 482
Pamlico 165 46
Pasquotank 662 231
Pender 746 259
Perquimans 177 45
Person 524 144
Pitt 2427 840
Polk 196 53
Randolph 2066 812
Richmond 811 250
Robeson 2144 771
Rockingham 1153 346
Rowan 1830 634
Rutherford 840 241
Sampson 1334 542
Scotland 379 99
Stanly 679 214
Stokes 405 114
Surry 1135 363
Swain 134 47
Transylvania 357 111
Tyrrell 63 20
Union 2518 1149
Vance 885 301
Wake 10297 4617
Warren 305 86
Washington 151 42
Watauga 300 106
Wayne 1993 785
Wilkes 1044 345
Wilson 1534 573
Yadkin 539 207
Yancey 271 89
Total 132902 51236
*Source: NC Department of Health and Human Services

 

4 Responses to N.C. Senate cuts SNAP food assistance benefits

  1. Janice Mitchell 05/18/2017 at 4:30 pm

    This is unconscionable. Sometimes these are the only meals children have during the day.

    The Republican governor was replaced and constituents felt those who remained could work together for the betterment of NC. Evidently, quite a few more need to be replaced in the next election.

    Let’s vote them out.

  2. Wanda 05/18/2017 at 6:27 pm

    Take away food assistance from Drug dealers and lazy people that have baby after baby just for assistance. Get real people!

  3. Tom Justice 05/19/2017 at 7:23 am

    This is so typical of the Republican party. What do they think is going to happen to people that don’t have enough to eat? Do you think some people will steal food or steal and rob to get money for food? Do you think kids that are malnourished are going to do well in school? Wait, no, the already said that having a full belly does not lead to better performance. How many future health issues are going to manifest because of malnutrition? We have an idiot president, vice president, and speaker of the house so why would we expect anything but this from the Republicans in NC?

  4. Anna 05/20/2017 at 8:31 am

    When I was growing up, my mom worked and put herself through school while raising three kids. We were on food stamps and received free lunch at school during this time. It’s not just ‘drug dealers’ and ‘lazy people’ who use these benefits. It’s struggling, hard working, good people and their families who can’t make ends meet otherwise.

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