Shaefer: SNAP cuts will hurt families

March 19, 2023 Michigan Advance

Luke Shaefer, Michigan Advance: "I want to stress how incredibly successful the expansion of the safety net was during the COVID crisis — the expansion of SNAP, extended unemployment insurance, the expanded child tax credit, as well as rental assistance. (Now that these benefits are ending) food insecurity’s been going up; people are more likely to fall behind on their rent; evictions are starting to pick up. It’s really going to impact families in Michigan, the loss of the SNAP allotment. That’s going to come as a shock. It already is. We are in the midst of heading into a very dark time with families struggling."