Oklahoma Food Banks say proposed SNAP changes would harm the hungry

Store front advertises it accepts food stamps. (file)

Food banks in Oklahoma are opposing the budget plan from the White House that cuts funding to SNAP, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, based in Oklahoma City, joined with Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma, based in Tulsa, to oppose the changes.

The change "undermines the dignity of snap recipients. It's very costly and inefficient to do a program like that," Effie Craven with Oklahoma Food Banks said.

Part of the White House’s budget proposal, would take some money out of SNAP cards to instead provide a "Harvest Box" to recipients. The box would contain items like juice, pastas and canned goods.

The White House says Harvest Boxes would save about $130 billion, improve the nutritional value of the program and reduce fraud.

The budget would also cut billions of dollars more from SNAP.

If people are kicked out of the program, Craven said food banks cannot fill in the gaps.

She said it would also have far reaching impacts on the economy.

"SNAP brought $884 million into Oklahoma’s grocery stores last year, and the White House budget would take food not only out of the mouths of hungry Oklahomans, but dollars out of those grocery stores," she said.

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