Guest column: SNAP changes will hurt Idahoans

This month, Congress is considering dramatic changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) as part of the Farm Bill Reauthorization. These changes will place Idahoans receiving SNAP benefits at risk for food and financial insecurity. According to the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, SNAP participation in Idaho has dropped from 10.57 percent of the population in February 2017 to 9.72 percent in February 2018. The improving economy has helped. However, many Idaho counties such as Canyon, Bannock and Shoshone at 16 percent continue to have high rates of SNAP participation.



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