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Cooper administration releases county-by-county numbers on GOP food aid cutoff

Governor Cooper has released more  details about the 133,000+ North Carolinians the Senate would cut off of SNAP food assistance with its you-can’t-make-this-stuff-up budget proposal, including county-by-county numbers broken down by adults and children. For instance, more than 7,000 children 18 and younger would lose food in Mecklenburg County. Here’s the statement from the administration:

Senate Republicans quietly inserted a provision in their budget to cut SNAP food assistance benefits for 133,000 North Carolinians last week, including 51,000 children.

The cuts were not debated or mentioned by Republican leaders, and would not save the state any money, as the food assistance program is 100% federally funded. The cuts are also expected to cause many students from low-income families to lose free and reduced lunch eligibility.

Governor Cooper issued the following statement:

“In addition to giving millionaires tax breaks 60 times larger than middle class families, Senate Republicans quietly slipped a provision in their budget to cut 100% federally-funded food-stamps for 133,000 North Carolinians. This includes 51,000 children, many of whose free or reduced lunch status is jeopardized with this action. This food makes a real difference for families who need it and doesn’t cost North Carolina any state tax money. Lining the pockets of millionaires while going out of the way to make it harder for children to eat is just wrong.”

See how many families and children would be affected by these cuts in each county:

COUNTY NAME Total Individuals by County Total Children Age 18 Years and Younger
Alamance 2010 833
Alexander 417 134
Alleghany 123 37
Anson 453 139
Ashe 340 97
Avery 187 59
Beaufort 677 197
Bertie 331 74
Bladen 581 197
Brunswick 1354 451
Buncombe 3141 1096
Burke 1042 353
Cabarrus 2887 1311
Caldwell 1086 334
Camden 61 18
Carteret 792 248
Caswell 277 60
Catawba 2334 906
Chatham 884 385
Cherokee 325 63
Chowan 206 54
Clay 129 36
Cleveland 1397 419
Columbus 670 222
Craven 1165 393
Cumberland 4330 1635
Currituck 203 74
Dare 361 136
Davidson 2246 810
Davie 523 207
Duplin 1034 456
Durham 4608 2062
Edgecombe 787 221
Forsyth 5307 2239
Franklin 920 338
Gaston 2840 1060
Gates 130 34
Graham 78 22
Granville 745 278
Greene 351 136
Guilford 7599 3033
Halifax 933 246
Harnett 1611 628
Haywood 750 238
Henderson 1266 484
Hertford 348 86
Hoke 855 350
Hyde 59 19
Iredell 1187 471
Jackson 406 126
Johnston 3097 1274
Jones 191 51
Lee 1233 502
Lenoir 868 312
Lincoln 800 280
Macon 517 164
Madison 227 68
Martin 373 114
McDowell 699 228
Mecklenburg 15674 7003
Mitchell 177 33
Montgomery 455 190
Moore 831 299
Nash 1280 505
New Hanover 2638 966
Northampton 319 81
Onslow 1906 697
Orange 1207 482
Pamlico 165 46
Pasquotank 662 231
Pender 746 259
Perquimans 177 45
Person 524 144
Pitt 2427 840
Polk 196 53
Randolph 2066 812
Richmond 811 250
Robeson 2144 771
Rockingham 1153 346
Rowan 1830 634
Rutherford 840 241
Sampson 1334 542
Scotland 379 99
Stanly 679 214
Stokes 405 114
Surry 1135 363
Swain 134 47
Transylvania 357 111
Tyrrell 63 20
Union 2518 1149
Vance 885 301
Wake 10297 4617
Warren 305 86
Washington 151 42
Watauga 300 106
Wayne 1993 785
Wilkes 1044 345
Wilson 1534 573
Yadkin 539 207
Yancey 271 89
Total 132902 51236
*Source: NC Department of Health and Human Services

 

 

10 Comments


  1. sharon fitzsimmons

    May 18, 2017 at 6:45 pm

    This is so wrong on every level. Children and families need this help. I myself am below poverty level income and get a small SNAP each month. Probably will lose it! But I hope the reconsider for the children.

  2. Matthew Paul

    May 19, 2017 at 1:32 pm

    This is utterly despicable and complete petty bs. Republicans are just begging for the poor to start rioting so they can ramp up police action and start filling prisons which they own stock in. Republicans want nothing more than to be slave owners again.

  3. Keith

    May 20, 2017 at 9:25 am

    Conservative North Carolina, chickens coming home to roost

  4. Yvonne Moody

    May 20, 2017 at 3:22 pm

    Our legislators are heartless! Each should spend a day at a school in a needy neighborhood.

  5. mikee

    May 20, 2017 at 10:49 pm

    That’s illegal. It’s a federal program. If they mean they’re diverting the money for other uses, lock em up!

  6. Betsy

    May 22, 2017 at 8:14 am

    Lock them up, lock them up, lock them up.

  7. Litonia

    May 22, 2017 at 11:08 am

    So how does each off these individuals receive from the tax payer’s of North Carolina.. It’s time that we cut their funds…. No pay and shut down our government is and should be included…… SHAME

  8. Mary

    May 23, 2017 at 6:57 pm

    I am on a limited income and this has helped me be able to get the food I need. Sounds like I will lose it according to this.

  9. Dagmar Haubold

    May 23, 2017 at 7:34 pm

    Shame,shame, shame

  10. Allan

    May 24, 2017 at 5:09 pm

    This budget is great news! Glad my hard earned money won’t be going to support other people.
    If the socialist had their way, it would be hard to keep any of your money for yourself.

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