Protect SNAP Benefits for New Mexico Families
Join with communities from across the state to tell Governor Martinez and Human Services Department Secretary Sidonie Squier to protect SNAP benefits for all New Mexicans.
The Governor has proposed to turn down federal resources and implement work requirements for SNAP participants. Without child care, job training and job readiness support, and almost non-existent public transportation in rural parts of the state, New Mexicans dealing with some of the fewest job prospects and highest food insecurity in the nation are telling the governor and Human Services Deparment secretary Sidonie Squier that these changes will only hurt New Mexico families.
- 47% of SNAP Participants are in working families
- SNAP benefits are 100% paid for by the federal government
- Every $1 of food assistance given through SNAP goes directly into local food and grocery stores, creating $1.70 to $1.80 in economic activity.
- New Mexico could lose over $47 million funneled directly into our poorest counties.
- New Mexico is one of the most food insecure states in the nation - 1 in 5 New Mexicans and 1 in 3 children struggle to afford a nutritionally adequate diet.
- 20.8% of New Mexicans live below the poverty line, including 29.2% of children. 86% of this population participates in the SNAP program.