NCLEJ Opposes Budget Cuts That Threaten Georgia’s SNAP Program
Yesterday, NCLEJ sent a letter to Georgia state legislators strongly opposing proposed cuts to the Georgia Department of Human Services. If enacted, the budget cuts will cause serious harm to Georgians who are already struggling to survive a pandemic and a historic economic downturn.
DHS is responsible for administering Georgia’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) program. Formerly known as food stamps, SNAP provides essential assistance to households who struggle to afford to put food on the table. In times of crisis, when many people are unemployed, unable to work, or face unstable employment, SNAP is more important than ever.
However, rather than bolster this essential program, Georgia is considering enormous funding cuts to DHS. Across the country, state and local social services agencies are struggling to keep up with the drastically increased demand for safety net programs like SNAP—and Georgia is no exception. The funding cuts under consideration will cause immeasurable harm to Georgians, and NCLEJ urged the legislature to reconsider.