State estimates Trump plan would toss 46,000 Nevadans from SNAP

cheese section of grocery store

cheese section of grocery store

One in 10 Nevadans currently enrolled in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, would lose their benefits under a federal proposal to change eligibility requirements.

Earlier this week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced a proposal to tighten restrictions on eligibility for the federal program by removing an option for states to automatically approve SNAP benefits for people enrolled in other low-income programs such as Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). The proposal also imposes a financial asset test on applicants.

Nationally, an estimated 3.1 million people would lose SNAP benefits — about 8 percent of program recipients.

The Nevada Department of Welfare and Supportive Services announced on Friday it estimates more than 46,000 residents would be affected by the proposed rule change. That translates to an approximate 11 percent reduction in the number of people enrolled in the program, which currently assists 419,350 people statewide.

The department added that the reduction would translate to an approximate decrease of more than $9 million per month for the state’s economy.

The release announcing the estimates also included a statement from Gov. Steve Sisolak: “This proposal will negatively impact families all across our state. Food insecurity is common in many Nevada households, and the benefits provided by the SNAP program assist families in buying healthy foods and stretching their food dollars.”

April Corbin Girnus
April Corbin Girnus is an award-winning journalist with a decade of media experience. She has been a beat writer at Las Vegas Sun, a staff writer at LEO Weekly, web editor of Las Vegas Weekly and a blogger documenting North American bike share systems’ efforts to increase ridership in underserved communities. An occasional adjunct journalism professor, April steadfastly rejects the notion that journalism is a worthless major. Amid the Great Recession, she earned a B.A. in journalism from the University of Nevada Las Vegas, where she served as editor-in-chief of the student newspaper. She later earned an M.A. in media studies and a graduate certificate in media management from The New School for Public Engagement. April currently serves on the board of the Society of Professional Journalists Las Vegas pro chapter. A stickler about municipal boundary lines, April enjoys teaching people about unincorporated Clark County. She grew up in Sunrise Manor and currently resides in Paradise with her husband, two children and three mutts.


  1. This is really a bad thing to do to all of us trying to make it out here.!!!!! We barely can pay rent and I live in a damn room with a Kitchen.!!!!! Paying as much as it would cost to stay in a one or two bedroom.!!!!! Just wrong…

  2. The siege on the poor will never cease as long as a Republican remains in office. I continue to hope that Nevada is above the fray and will support the homeless, poor and needy.


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