Millions of Children and Families Threatened with Food Insecurity Due to Funding Cuts
A new report has warned that without additional funding and targeted spending, millions of children and families in the US could be at risk of going without critical food aid in 2021. Analysts at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) argue that current spending levels for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will not be sufficient to cover the number of people who are eligible to receive aid.
The SNAP program provides food assistance to over 36 million people who are at risk of hunger and facing food insecurity. It is the largest federal food program, and the challenge of providing enough food to meet the needs of a growing population has become increasingly difficult in the current economic climate.
According to the CBPP report, if Congress does not sufficiently fund SNAP in 2021, more than one-third of people eligible for the program, including some 5 million children and their families, will be denied aid. The CBPP’s analysis shows that the number of people going without assistance will continue to grow in the coming years unless the spending levels for SNAP are increased.
The findings of the report have generated a great deal of concern amongst food organizations, anti-hunger advocates, and elected officials. The lack of adequate food assistance will be particularly harmful for children, a population that is already susceptible to health and well-being disparities. Moreover, they paint a bleak picture for the potential for food insecurity in 2021 and beyond.
While the report has rightfully sparked a national conversation on the issue of hunger, addressing the issue will require political action. Congress must make both short-term and long-term investments to ensure that the SNAP program is able to provide food assistance to those who need it. Without that investment, millions of children and families are at risk of being denied food assistance.