Cuts to Food Stamp program won’t affect Colo.

January 30, 2014
Photo: Grocery Shopping(Photo: Courtesy of B. Banjo Brown)
Grocery shopping at Giant Eagle

Many Democrats, including Colorado Representative Diana DeGette voted against the bill, citing cuts to the $80 billion a year Food Stamp program.

Kathy Underhill, with the advocacy group Hunger Free Colorado, said Colorado doesn’t take part in the specific program that was changed, which is used in 17 other states and connects food stamp allotments to heating fuel assistance.

She said food stamp recipients here won’t see any cuts to their montly allotments. 

"It is a good thing, especially in light of the drastic and draconian things that were being proposed in 2013, this is a win, in many many ways," Underhill said.

Still, Underhill said, hundreds of thousands of people across the country will see their benefits drop.

In Colorado, a typical food stamp recipient gets $1.40 per meal.

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