One-Third Of Eligible Texans Didn’t Receive The Benefit In 2011

AUSTIN (May 15, 2013)--Only two-thirds of the Texans who may be eligible for food stamp assistance received the benefits in 2011, according to a report from the Texas Food Bank Network that estimates about $3 billion in the federal assistance went unused statewide.

The U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee on Tuesday approved its version of a farm bill.

The House proposal would cut about $2.5 billion a year from the food stamp program, smaller than the cuts proposed by the Senate.

The food bank report is called "SNAPshot: Who Benefits from Food Stamps in Texas?"

Food stamps are known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP.

The report says Texas in 2011 had more than 6.1 million people eligible for benefits, but says only about 4.1 million of them received assistance.

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