Charitable food programs provide only 10 percent of the meals that SNAP does, according to Feeding Indiana’s Hungry.
“Folks are not on SNAP for long. In Indiana, the average is under a year,” said Bryant. “Many of the people receiving the benefits are children or seniors or someone with a disability.”
Bryant said if the cuts are approved, it could also hurt Indiana’s economy.
“Last year, SNAP recipients spent a billion dollars in benefits at local retailers, more than 5000 retailers accept the EBT cars,” said Bryant. “So, we would be losing a significant amount of reinvestment coming from the SNAP program."
Bryant and groups like the Indiana Institute for Working Families are launching an advocacy campaign about the benefits of SNAP:
Trump's proposed budget would target the benefits to the poorest people, increase work requirements and limit some eligibility. It would also allow states to determine the level of SNAP benefits they provide.
The food stamp cuts are several times larger than those attempted by House Republicans and comprise the bulk of a 10-year, $274 billion proposal that's labeled as welfare reform.