Second Harvest Food Bank

Cuts Could Leave Poorest Residents in Silicon Valley Searching for Food

Volunteers from the Pacific Asian Advisory Council volunteer at a Second Harvest Food Bank center in San Jose. With cuts to the Calfresh food stamp program, a greater burden will be placed on Second Harvest, which provides meals for more than 250,000 people per month. (Photo courtesy of PAAC)

The government shutdown may be over, but the Republican-fueled hits keep on coming—especially for Silicon Valley’s most vulnerable citizens. Starting Nov. 1, extra funding provided by the American Recovery Act, President Obama’s 2009 economic stimulus package, expire. As a result, people who rely on rely on food stamps, officially known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), or CalFresh in California, will see their benefits decrease. In addition, the U.S. House of Representatives approved a bill last month that would cut $40 billion from the program over the next decade—resulting in 3.8 million people getting kicked off the program next year, the Congressional Budget Office estimates.

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