Casey Unveils Legislation that Would Maintain SNAP Benefits Slated for Cut

$1 in SNAP Spending Generates $1.75 in Economic Growth; Casey Plan Will Benefit Recipients, Boost Broader Economy / At ShopRite, Casey, Hunger Advocates Make Case for Continued Funding / On Top of Coming Cuts, Some in Congress Are Trying to Cut $40B More to Program

Casey Unveils Legislation that Would Maintain SNAP Benefits Slated for Cut

Philadelphia PA- As vital SNAP benefits are slated to expire for 1.7 million Pennsylvanians on Friday, U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) unveiled legislation to retroactively maintain these additional SNAP benefits for another year. During a press conference joined by hunger advocates, Casey made the case for continuing this initiative for one year. Casey also discussed the need to protect SNAP funding in the upcoming farm bill at a time in which some in Congress are seeking $40 billion in additional cuts.

“The SNAP program plays a critical role in the battle against hunger for children, seniors and families across Pennsylvania and throughout our nation,” Senator Casey said. “The expiration of increased SNAP benefits at this time will also have a negative impact on Pennsylvania’s economy.  For every dollar invested in this program, it is estimated that the economy gets $1.75 in return.  The program fuels consumer spending while providing much needed nutrition for 1.7 million Pennsylvanians. “

More than 1.7 million (14%, almost 1 in 7) Pennsylvanians annually rely on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly Food Stamps), the nation’s single most important program in the fight against hunger. One dollar of SNAP funds is estimated to increase the nation’s Gross Domestic Product by as much as $1.75 – a significant “bang for the buck.” In other words, SNAP funding not only provides much-needed support for vulnerable Americans, it also gives a significant boost to the economy.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits are normally indexed for food-price inflation at the beginning of each fiscal year. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) provided an across-the-board benefit increase, effective April 2009. Maximum monthly benefits were increased by 13.6%. For a one-person household, the added benefit was $24 a month; for two persons, $44 a month; for three persons (the most typical household), $63 a month; for four persons, $80 a month; and for larger households, higher amounts. With the increased benefits set to expire today, Casey’s bill would maintain the increased benefits retroactively for one year. Without ARRA’s boost, SNAP benefits will average less than $1.40 per person per meal in 2014.

Pennsylvania SNAP Cuts (source: Feeding America)

State

Substate/Region

Average SNAP Monthly Benefit Cut Per Person1

State Average Meal Cost2

Number of SNAP Participants1, 2

SNAP Benefits Lost: 1 Month Period

SNAP Benefits Lost: 12 Month Period

SNAP Meals Lost: 1 Month Period

SNAP Meals Lost: 12 Month Period

PA

ALLEGHENY CO

$9.35

$2.66

157,375

$1,471,696

$17,660,356

           553,269

              6,639,231

PA

ARMSTRONG CO BD ASSIST

$9.35

$2.66

10,635

$99,453

$1,193,442

             37,389

                 448,662

PA

BEAVER CO BD ASSIST

$9.35

$2.66

24,611

$230,150

$2,761,805

             86,523

              1,038,272

PA

BEDFORD CO BD ASSIST

$9.35

$2.66

6,697

$62,627

$751,526

             23,544

                 282,529

PA

BERKS CO BD ASSIST

$9.35

$2.66

62,216

$581,815

$6,981,774

           218,727

              2,624,727

PA

BLAIR CO BD ASSIST

$9.35

$2.66

20,955

$195,961

$2,351,535

             73,670

                 884,036

PA

BRADFORD

$9.35

$2.66

6,975

$65,227

$782,723

             24,521

                 294,257

PA

BUCKS

$9.35

$2.66

36,968

$345,707

$4,148,486

           129,965

              1,559,581

PA

BUTLER CO BD ASSIST

$9.35

$2.66

15,621

$146,080

$1,752,962

             54,917

                 659,008

PA

CAMBRIA CO BD ASSIST

$9.35

$2.66

22,103

$206,697

$2,480,361

             77,706

                 932,467

PA

CAMERON CO BD ASSIST

$9.35

$2.66

897

$8,388

$100,660

                3,154

                   37,842

PA

CARBON CO BD ASSIST

$9.35

$2.66

8,238

$77,038

$924,454

             28,962

                 347,539

PA

CENTRE CO BD ASSIST

$9.35

$2.66

8,044

$75,224

$902,684

             28,280

                 339,355

PA

CHESTER CO BD ASSIST

$9.35

$2.66

24,768

$231,619

$2,779,423

             87,075

              1,044,896

PA

CLARION CO BD ASSIST

$9.35

$2.66

5,339

$49,928

$599,134

             18,770

                 225,238

PA

CLEARFIELD

$9.35

$2.66

13,320

$124,562

$1,494,748

             46,828

                 561,935

PA

CLINTON CO BD ASSIST

$9.35

$2.66

4,964

$46,421

$557,052

             17,451

                 209,418

PA

COLUMBIA

$9.35

$2.66

8,014

$74,943

$899,317

             28,174

                 338,089

PA

CRAWFORD CO BD ASSIST

$9.35

$2.66

14,174

$132,549

$1,590,582

             49,830

                 597,963

PA

CUMBERLAND CO BD ASSIST

$9.35

$2.66

16,696

$156,133

$1,873,597

             58,697

                 704,360

PA

DAUPHIN CO BD ASSIST

$9.35

$2.66

38,550

$360,501

$4,326,016

           135,527

              1,626,322

PA

DELAWARE CO BD ASSIST

$9.35

$2.66

64,044

$598,909

$7,186,909

           225,154

              2,701,846

PA

ELK CO BD ASSIST

$9.35

$2.66

3,387

$31,674

$380,083

             11,907

                 142,888

PA

ERIE CO BD ASSIST

$9.35

$2.66

56,197

$525,528

$6,306,332

           197,567

              2,370,802

PA

FAYETTE CO BD ASSIST

$9.35

$2.66

30,309

$283,435

$3,401,225

           106,555

              1,278,656

PA

FOREST CO BD ASSIST

$9.35

$2.66

694

$6,490

$77,880

                2,440

                   29,278

PA

FRANKLIN CO BD ASSIST

$9.35

$2.66

16,164

$151,158

$1,813,897

             56,826

                 681,916

PA

FULTON CO BD ASSIST

$9.35

$2.66

1,898

$17,749

$212,990

                6,673

                   80,072

PA

GREENE CO BD ASSIST

$9.35

$2.66

6,629

$61,991

$743,895

             23,305

                 279,660

PA

HUNTINGDON

$9.35

$2.66

5,934

$55,492

$665,903

             20,862

                 250,340

PA

INDIANA CO BD ASSIST

$9.35

$2.66

9,907

$92,646

$1,111,747

             34,829

                 417,950

PA

JEFFERSON CO BD ASSIST

$9.35

$2.66

6,779

$63,394

$760,728

             23,832

                 285,988

PA

JUNIATA

$9.35

$2.66

2,372

$22,182

$266,182

                8,339

                 100,068

PA

LACKAWANNA CO BD ASSIST

$9.35

$2.66

33,024

$308,825

$3,705,897

           116,100

              1,393,194

PA

LANCASTER CO BD ASSIST

$9.35

$2.66

55,531

$519,300

$6,231,595

           195,225

              2,342,705

PA

LAWRENCE CO BD ASSIST

$9.35

$2.66

15,877

$148,474

$1,781,690

             55,817

                 669,808

PA

LEBANON CO BD ASSIST

$9.35

$2.66

17,459

$163,268

$1,959,219

             61,379

                 736,549

PA

LEHIGH CO

$9.35

$2.66

48,256

$451,267

$5,415,207

           169,649

              2,035,792

PA

LUZERNE CO BD ASSIST

$9.35

$2.66

53,973

$504,730

$6,056,759

           189,748

              2,276,977

PA

LYCOMING

$9.35

$2.66

15,259

$142,695

$1,712,339

             53,645

                 643,737

PA

MCKEAN CO BD ASSIST

$9.35

$2.66

7,233

$67,640

$811,675

             25,428

                 305,141

PA

MERCER CO BD ASSIST

$9.35

$2.66

18,975

$177,445

$2,129,342

             66,709

                 800,505

PA

MIFFLIN CO BD ASSIST

$9.35

$2.66

7,526

$70,380

$844,555

             26,458

                 317,502

PA

MONROE CO BD ASSIST

$9.35

$2.66

22,389

$209,371

$2,512,456

             78,711

                 944,532

PA

MONTGOMERY CO BD ASSIST

$9.35

$2.66

48,315

$451,819

$5,421,827

           169,857

              2,038,281

PA

MONTOUR CO BD ASSIST

$9.35

$2.66

1,674

$15,654

$187,853

                5,885

                   70,622

PA

NORTHAMPTON CO BD ASSIST

$9.35

$2.66

30,210

$282,510

$3,390,115

           106,207

              1,274,479

PA

NORTHUMBERLAND CO BD ASSIST

$9.35

$2.66

13,117

$122,664

$1,471,967

             46,114

                 553,371

PA

PERRY CO BD ASSIST

$9.35

$2.66

4,177

$39,061

$468,736

             14,685

                 176,216

PA

Philadelphia

$9.35

$2.66

457,381

$4,277,210

$51,326,520

        1,607,974

           19,295,684

PA

PIKE CO BD ASSIST

$9.35

$2.66

6,283

$58,756

$705,068

             22,089

                 265,063

PA

POTTER CO BD ASSIST

$9.35

$2.66

2,548

$23,828

$285,932

                8,958

                 107,493

PA

SCHUYLKILL CO BD ASSIST

$9.35

$2.66

21,952

$205,285

$2,463,416

             77,175

                 926,096

PA

SNYDER CO BD ASSIST

$9.35

$2.66

4,211

$39,379

$472,551

             14,804

                 177,651

PA

SOMERSET CO BD ASSIST

$9.35

$2.66

9,868

$92,281

$1,107,370

             34,692

                 416,305

PA

SULLIVAN CO BD ASSIST

$9.35

$2.66

507

$4,741

$56,895

                1,782

                   21,389

PA

SUSQUEHANNA

$9.35

$2.66

4,420

$41,334

$496,005

             15,539

                 186,468

PA

TIOGA CO BD ASSIST

$9.35

$2.66

4,340

$40,586

$487,027

             15,258

                 183,093

PA

UNION CO BD ASSIST

$9.35

$2.66

3,466

$32,412

$388,949

             12,185

                 146,221

PA

VENANGO CO BD ASSIST

$9.35

$2.66

9,341

$87,353

$1,048,231

             32,839

                 394,072

PA

WARREN CO BD ASSIST

$9.35

$2.66

5,660

$52,930

$635,156

             19,898

                 238,780

PA

WASHINGTON CO BD ASSIST

$9.35

$2.66

22,899

$214,141

$2,569,687

             80,504

                 966,048

PA

WAYNE CO BD ASSIST

$9.35

$2.66

6,537

$61,131

$733,571

             22,982

                 275,779

PA

WESTMORELAND CO BD ASSIST

$9.35

$2.66

42,101

$393,709

$4,724,503

           148,011

              1,776,129

PA

WYOMING CO BD ASSIST

$9.35

$2.66

3,395

$31,748

$380,981

             11,935

                 143,226

PA

YORK CO BD ASSIST

$9.35

$2.66

50,545

$472,673

$5,672,074

           177,697

              2,132,359

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