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Category Archives: Senator Chris Murphy

SNAP roundtable points out realities of program

Connecticut Food Bank was the site of an enlightening roundtable discussion this morning about the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly food stamps), hosted by U.S. Senator Chris Murphy. Today is the last day of Senator Murphy’s SNAP Challenge, where he is trying to live on $4.80 a day for food, which is what the average SNAP recipient in the state receives.  Though he said he could never truly walk in shoes of someone who is not certain where their next meal is coming from, he shared how he budgeted his dollars each day to try to eat healthy, and cannot imagine trying to feed his two small boys on a food stamp budget. Among the information shared at the roundtable: A young woman who is employed, but receives SNAP, said people who are in need, such as the elderly, may have trouble trying to navigate through the system and...
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Senator Murphy living on a $4.80 per day food stamp budget

Can you live on $4.80 a day for food?  That’s what U.S. Senator Chris Murphy is doing this week to gain a better understanding how the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly food stamps) works on a personal level. Starting today, Senator Murphy will live on the average state food stamp benefit. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which administers the Food Stamp Program, the average monthly benefit in Connecticut is $143.89 per family member, which is $4.80 per day or $1.60 per meal.  Nearly 61 percent of SNAP participants are in families with children, and more than 33 percent of SNAP participants are in families with elderly or disabled members. About 33 percent of SNAP participants are in working families.   “427,000 people in Connecticut rely on SNAP benefits to feed themselves and their families,” said Murphy. “Spending some time living on this budget gives policymakers a firsthand look...
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