Posted by NBC News Science Writer Anjali Srivastava on April 21, 2017 08:02:03The Federal Emergency Management Agency has lowered the amount of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits Americans will be able to receive in April because of the nation’s prolonged drought.
The reduction will apply to SNAP benefits for all Americans, which are the largest single program available to low-income families, and applies to Americans in families with children and seniors.
The change was announced by the agency on Thursday, the day the U.S. is expected to record its first rainstorm since March 31.
“In light of the continued drought, we have reduced the amount that SNAP benefits will be available for April to a level that is consistent with the federal government’s forecast,” the agency said in a statement.
“The impact of this reduction is not expected to have a material impact on the amount Americans can receive in SNAP benefits.”
The agency also announced on Thursday that its budget was $1.8 billion less than the agency projected.
It was a sign that the drought was finally ending and that Americans are starting to regain some of the confidence that was lost in the spring, when the agency declared a drought emergency.
But the drought has only been exacerbated by the drought in the Midwest, which has been declared a state of emergency for more than three months.
The states that were already declared droughts have seen their water supplies dwindle, and millions of people have been forced to leave their homes.
More than 3 million people have lost their homes and many others have lost jobs and health care, according to the U!
Department of Agriculture.
The drought has caused an estimated $13 billion in crop losses, according a report by the Associated Press.