Today, nearly 777,000 Georgians will lose crucial support from emergency Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits after Brian Kemp refused to renew the additional food aid. The increased SNAP support will drop to pre-pandemic levels as food banks continue to report heightened demandand as schools close for summer, which means kids who rely on school meals lose that access.
“From his actions to block a bipartisan plan to expand Medicaid for Georgians living with HIV, to his push to loosen our gun safety laws, and now his decision to cut off crucial food support for children, working families, and elderly and disabled folks — Brian Kemp has shown us he doesn’t care about Georgia families. As food banks continue to see increased need and sixteen percent of Georgia children face hunger on a daily basis, Kemp is sending a clear message that he could care less about the detrimental impact of his actions on Georgians’ nutrition, mental health, and ability to make ends meet,” stated Congresswoman Nikema Williams, Chair of the Democratic Party of Georgia.
Experts say Kemp’s decision to end the support, which comes as food banks are reporting “significantly elevated” need levels, will lead to a “very abrupt hunger cliff” and hit food-insecure families hard. SNAP helps 1.64 million Georgians — one in seven people who call the Peach State home.
“Getting the maximum benefit amount of SNAP really, really helped us be able to get things caught up and try to stay ahead of the game,” said Brandy Roe, a working mother of five from Summerville who is concerned about the upcoming cuts. “We’ll do the best we can [when the food aid decreases next month]. If it comes down to that, we’ll eat lots of sandwiches.”
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