By Kevin Palmer
Thanks to Republican politicians, the three Richmond County schools that lost free lunch eligibility is only the beginning.
All Georgia Republicans in the House and Senate voted “yes” to H.R. 2, Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018 which changes SNAP eligibility requirements. The changes mean more families will lose SNAP benefits and free school lunch eligibility.
According to a July 2019, Congressional Research Service Report titled, The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP): Categorical Eligibility, “The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimated that the amendments to categorical eligibility in the House committee’s reported bill would reduce SNAP spending by $5.035 billion dollars over 10 years (FY2019 –FY2028). CBO also estimated that in an average year, about 400,000 households would lose SNAP eligibility. As SNAP recipients are also eligible for free school meals, CBO estimated that in an average year, 265,000 children would lose access to free meals.”
How do well fed Republican politicians find satisfaction in taking food out of the mouth of needy children?