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Does SNAP cover the cost of a meal in Yates County?

An Urban Institute study released last week found that, in 99 percent of U.S. counties, food stamp benefits are not enough to cover the full cost of an inexpensive meal, even for those who have no net income. In President Donald Trump’s proposed 2019 budget, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) would lose $213 billion in funding over the next decade.

Here is data about area counties:

Yates: The average cost of a meal is $1.92, 3 percent more than the $1.86 SNAP benefit.

Ontario: The average cost of a meal is $2.28, 23 percent more than the $1.86 SNAP benefit.

Seneca: The average cost of a meal is $1.98, 6 percent more than the $1.86 SNAP benefit.

Schuyler: The average cost of a meal is $2.25, 21 percent more than the $1.86 SNAP benefit.

Steuben: The average cost of a meal is $2.19, 18 percent more than the $1.86 SNAP benefit.

“The average cost of a low-income meal, which is defined as part of the study, was $2.36. That cost is 27 percent higher than the maximum SNAP benefit per meal of $1.86,” Bill Lucia reports for Route Fifty. “Over the course of a month, benefits were shy of average meal costs by $46.50 per person.”

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