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TRUMP’S BUDGET CUTS COULD AFFECT OVER 1 MILLION TENNESSEANS USING SNAP BENEFITS

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Cuts in President Donald Trump’s budget proposal would affect more than 1 million Tennesseans using food stamps. As of April 2017, 1,054,752 Tennesseans were enrolled in SNAP benefits, commonly referred to as food stamps. President Trump’s proposed cuts include a whopping $193 billion from food stamps over the coming decade, a cut of more than 25 percent, implemented by cutting back eligibility and imposing additional work requirements. The program presently serves about 42 million people nationwide. According to a report, the proposed budget would also shift 25 percent of SNAP costs to states, costing the Volunteer State $2.9 billion over the next 10 years.

In Tennessee, 67 percent of SNAP participants are families that has children and 30 percent are elderly or disabled.

Here is a look at how many individuals in counties in the listening area receive SNAP benefits as of April 2017:

Cumberland County – 9,177
McMinn County – 8,992
Roane County – 8,294
Loudon County – 5,526
Fentress County – 4,562
Morgan County – 4,410
Bledsoe County – 2,846
Meigs County – 2,557

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