Governor criticizes N.C. Senate for proposed cuts to food-assistance program

Posted at 12:04 PM on May 18, 2017

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Gov. Roy Cooper on Wednesday criticized the N.C. Senate for cutting food-assistance benefits for thousands of families and children.

Senate Republicans inserted a provision in their budget to cut SNAP program benefits for 133,000 North Carolinians last week, including 51,000 children.

The cuts were not debated or mentioned by Republican leaders, and would not save the state any money, as the food-assistance program is 100 percent federally funded, Cooper said. The cuts are also expected to cause many students from low-income families to lose free and reduced lunch eligibility.

If approved by the N.C. House, the cuts would impact 1,187 people in Iredell County, including 471 children, according to the Governor's Office.

“In addition to giving millionaires tax breaks 60 times larger than middle class families, Senate Republicans quietly slipped a provision in their budget to cut 100 percent federally-funded food-stamps for 133,000 North Carolinians," Cooper said in a statement. "This includes 51,000 children, many of whose free or reduced lunch status is jeopardized with this action. This food makes a real difference for families who need it and doesn’t cost North Carolina any state tax money."

See how many families and children would be affected by these cuts in each county:

Proposed Cuts to SNAP Food Assistance Program

COUNTY NAME

Total Individuals by County

Total Children Age 18 Years and Younger

Alamance

2010

833

Alexander

417

134

Alleghany

123

37

Anson

453

139

Ashe

340

97

Avery

187

59

Beaufort

677

197

Bertie

331

74

Bladen

581

197

Brunswick

1354

451

Buncombe

3141

1096

Burke

1042

353

Cabarrus

2887

1311

Caldwell

1086

334

Camden

61

18

Carteret

792

248

Caswell

277

60

Catawba

2334

906

Chatham

884

385

Cherokee

325

63

Chowan

206

54

Clay

129

36

Cleveland

1397

419

Columbus

670

222

Craven

1165

393

Cumberland

4330

1635

Currituck

203

74

Dare

361

136

Davidson

2246

810

Davie

523

207

Duplin

1034

456

Durham

4608

2062

Edgecombe

787

221

Forsyth

5307

2239

Franklin

920

338

Gaston

2840

1060

Gates

130

34

Graham

78

22

Granville

745

278

Greene

351

136

Guilford

7599

3033

Halifax

933

246

Harnett

1611

628

Haywood

750

238

Henderson

1266

484

Hertford

348

86

Hoke

855

350

Hyde

59

19

Iredell

1187

471

Jackson

406

126

Johnston

3097

1274

Jones

191

51

Lee

1233

502

Lenoir

868

312

Lincoln

800

280

Macon

517

164

Madison

227

68

Martin

373

114

McDowell

699

228

Mecklenburg

15674

7003

Mitchell

177

33

Montgomery

455

190

Moore

831

299

Nash

1280

505

New Hanover

2638

966

Northampton

319

81

Onslow

1906

697

Orange

1207

482

Pamlico

165

46

Pasquotank

662

231

Pender

746

259

Perquimans

177

45

Person

524

144

Pitt

2427

840

Polk

196

53

Randolph

2066

812

Richmond

811

250

Robeson

2144

771

Rockingham

1153

346

Rowan

1830

634

Rutherford

840

241

Sampson

1334

542

Scotland

379

99

Stanly

679

214

Stokes

405

114

Surry

1135

363

Swain

134

47

Transylvania

357

111

Tyrrell

63

20

Union

2518

1149

Vance

885

301

Wake

10297

4617

Warren

305

86

Washington

151

42

Watauga

300

106

Wayne

1993

785

Wilkes

1044

345

Wilson

1534

573

Yadkin

539

207

Yancey

271

89

Total

132902

51236

*Source: NC Department of Health and Human Services


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