According to a recent Gallup poll, nearly 20 percent of Americans reported struggling to afford food for themselves or their families at least once during the past year. The figure – 18.2 percent of Americans – has changed little since 2011 when 18.6 percent of Americans reported they did not have enough money to afford food at least once during the year. Proposed SNAP/Food Stamp cuts in Congress, combined with severe drought conditions affecting 80 percent of U.S. agricultural lands, could make matters worse. “The numbers underscore the point that people still continue to struggle, and that cuts some in Congress are proposing to our nation’s nutrition safety net will only worsen a bad situation,” said Jim Weill, president of the Food Research and Action Center. “These cuts to SNAP will particularly harm seniors, children and working families, taking food away from the poorest and most vulnerable among us,” said Weill. The White House and Congressional Democrats echo his concerns. Anti-poverty groups are urging Congress to protect SNAP/Food Stamps from budget cuts.