More than half a million struggling Coloradans lost a portion of their food assistance this fall when a temporary boost to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps) expired on Nov. 1. The across-the-board cuts reduced the program by $5 billion—$55 million in Colorado—in fiscal year 2014 alone.
All households receiving SNAP benefits were impacted when the temporary provision of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) ended. More than 47 million Americans—including 22 million children—are seeing reductions in monthly benefits from this boost, which was designed to strengthen the economy and ease hardship.
The U.S Department of Agriculture estimates that the reduction in benefits amounts to 21 fewer meals per month and leave many with only $1.40 to spend per meal. A family of four in Colorado could see a $36 reduction in their monthly benefits; funds that help purchase groceries.
Now is not the time to cut SNAP benefits for families, children, seniors and other neighbors struggling to make ends meet. The reduction in monthly benefits to purchase groceries will make it more challenging for families and individuals to access nutritious food, and it will harm the state’s economy.
We need to stop the hunger clock!
Let your voice be heard. Help protect SNAP in the future by becoming an advocate and contacting your Colorado delegates in D.C. today.
Support local hunger relief organizations!
Food banks and food pantries across Colorado will see an increase in demand due to the SNAP benefit cuts, as more families and individuals access their services for food and nutrition. These organizations need your support to continue serving their communities, so we encourage you to get involved. Call the Hunger Free Hotline at (855) 855-4626 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, to find out about donation and volunteer opportunities in your area.
For groups and agencies:
Groups and agencies that work with community members who will be impacted by the SNAP benefit reduction can access informational fliers for organizational use:
- Flier – SNAP Benefit Reduction (English)
- Flier – SNAP Benefit Reduction (Spanish)
- Small Poster – SNAP Benefit Reduction Poster (English)
- Small Poster – SNAP Benefit Reduction Poster (Spanish)
If you are not included as a resource in the Hunger Free Hotline database for referrals or donations and volunteer opportunities and would like to be added, please complete a verification form or call (855) 855-4626.