Food-Stamp Cutbacks in NJ May Hinge on Resolving Application Backlog
Decision to end ‘Heat and Eat’ program, delays in new computer system threaten federal funding
Cuts to New Jersey’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, funding will depend on whether the state improves the time it takes to process applications for the food-stamp program.
NJ Spotlight’s Andrew Kitchenman spoke with WNYC Public Radio’s Amy Eddings this week about the debate over the issue, whose outcome may depend on the rollout of the new state computer system for public-assistance programs.
State officials have submitted a corrective action plan to the federal government, and are awaiting federal approval. But anti-hunger advocates are warning that cuts in federal funding could have severe consequences for state residents struggling to pay for food.