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Wednesday, September 6, 2023 – Holes in the food safety net

Many low-income families got an unwelcome surprise after supplemental COVID food security programs expired earlier this year. Funds available for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) dropped to a fraction of what they were previously. Suddenly, people didn’t have enough to eat and no remedies in sight. Those cuts hit Native American families hardest, as they have a much higher percentage of SNAP participation than the population as a whole.


Karmela Martinez (San Ildefonso), director of the income support division at the New Mexico Human Services Department

Toni Stanger-McLaughlin (Colville Tribe), CEO of Native American Agriculture Fund and board member of Feeding America