Democratic Lawmaker Says Benefit in $74 Billion Food Stamp Program is ‘Too Low’

The federal government food stamp program benefit is “too low,” Rep. James McGovern (D-Mass.) said during a House Committee on Agriculture hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday. According to the Department of Agriculture, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) program cost $74,137,240,000 in 2014.

“Let me say something that should be crystal clear to all of my colleagues: the SNAP benefit is too low,” McGovern said.

“It is not enough to take care of the food and nutrition needs of those on the benefit. SNAP recipients must rely on food banks and charities to have enough food for the month.”

Speaking during a hearing entitled, “Past, Present and Future of SNAP: The World of Nutrition, Government Duplication and Unmet Needs,” McGovern also took aim at food banks.

“I would like to have a discussion about how we put food banks out of business and one of the ways to do this is to make sure that those who need SNAP have an adequate benefit,” he said.