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Fiscal Cliff: 230,000 Working WA Families "At Risk"

PHOTO: As the nation edges closer to the so-called “fiscal cliff,” hundreds of thousands of Washington families could face tough choices, like whether to heat their homes or feed their families.
PHOTO: As the nation edges closer to the so-called “fiscal cliff,” hundreds of thousands of Washington families could face tough choices, like whether to heat their homes or feed their families.
December 4, 2012

SEATTLE - As the nation edges closer to the so-called "fiscal cliff," hundreds of thousands of Washington families could face tough choices, such as whether to heat their homes or feed their families. Linda Stone, food and policy director for the Children's Alliance, says many of these Washington families are already juggling more than one job. They have little chance of being able to both "heat and eat" with the cuts pending in the Senate version of the Farm Bill, she warns.

"Cut the benefits of 230,000 Washington households by up to $90 a month and what you are basically doing is taking away a week of food money for families who are trying to make ends meet and make sure their kids aren't hungry."

Currently, Washington State is allowed to coordinate SNAP food assistance with Low-Income Household Energy Assistance benefits. Stone says changes in the Farm Bill could deprive many from getting that "heat and eat" help.

Some proponents of the cuts say they are needed to help trim the deficit, but Jim Weill, president of the Food Research and Action Center, says it's the wrong way to go.

"The public doesn't want to cut the food-stamp system as a way to solve the deficit: 75 percent say that cutting SNAP is the wrong way to reduce spending, and the opposition is across the board from Democrats, Republicans and independents. They all think this is just a bad idea."

Stone says these federal benefits don't just help local families, they also fuel jobs for the workers at the checkout counter and those who keep food on the shelves at the local supermarket.

"It's helping the local economy as well as helping hungry families. For every $5 a family spends in the local grocery store, $9 in total local economic activity takes place."

More information is available at www.childrensalliance.org.



Mike Clifford, Public News Service - WA