Transcript for SNAP benefits to end for millions
- We're following two big stories this week. First the expiration of pandemic SNAP benefits as of Wednesday, which will affect 30 million Americans. Rachel Scott is at the White House with the details. Good morning, Rachel.
- Hey, George. Good morning. And many Americans who rely on these programs tell us the reality is it will be harder for them to put food on the table. In just a few days, nearly 30 million Americans will lose additional support from the federal government to help them buy groceries. This is a program that was put in place during the pandemic giving low income Americans who rely on food stamps additional aid to help them buy groceries. It was only meant to be temporary. It's now set to expire on March 1st.
Just to put this into perspective, that means for the average family that relies on these benefits, they will be losing $95 a month. Others could lose even more. Up to $250. 18 states across the country have already expired these benefits, including in states like Georgia, where food pantries tell us they have seen the lines get longer. They've seen visits to their food pantries increase since these benefits have expired. At this point though, this will be the reality for nearly 30 million Americans. And of course, all of this comes at a time where we are dealing with record high inflation. The cost of groceries have gone up. Just take the price of eggs for example. Now costing Americans $4.82. That's more than double what it was a year ago, George.
- And Rachel, major case before the Supreme Court this week over President Biden's Student Loan Forgiveness Program.
- Exactly, George. This is the President's plan to forgive up to $20,000 in student loan debt for nearly 40 million Americans. This comes before the Supreme Court this week. Oral arguments are set to begin tomorrow. Republican led states suing the federal government. Accusing the President of abusing his power. That plan now put on pause until the high court weighs in, George.
- OK, Rachel Scott. Thanks very much.
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