Advocates Decry Trump Budget's Food Aid Cuts: "Extending Cruelty Ultra-Marathon”

02.10.2020

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Nicole Aber, 646-627-7741

Naber@hungerfreeamerica.org          

Trump Budget Again Proposes Failed Food Box Idea

Proposes Cutting Food Aid Spending by $181 Billion

Advocates Decry: “Re-run of Proposal Repeatedly Panned by All Sides, Extending Cruelty Ultra-Marathon”

President Donald Trump’s Fiscal Year 2021 budget proposal, released today, proposes slashing the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) – formerly known as the Food Stamp Program – by $181 billion over ten years. It also proposes eliminating SNAP benefits – which can now be used by program participants to obtain the food of their choice at supermarkets, farmers markets, and corner stores – and replacing them with a box of shelf-stable food provided by the government, an idea rejected in two previous years by members of Congress of both parties. In response, Joel Berg, CEO of Hunger Free America, a nationwide direct service and advocacy organization, issued the following statement:

“Though it is unlikely that this proposal will become law, it is troubling that the Trump Administration – for a third time – is calling for a massive new governmental bureaucracy to micro-manage the food consumption of low-income Americans. Amazingly, this proposal would slash food aid but somehow manage to grow the size of big government. There’s no way one can improve nutritional outcomes among families on SNAP by reducing the amount of money they have available for fresh fruits, vegetables, and milk. This proposal would add stress to the nonprofits that serve these individuals and hurt the grocery industry by taking SNAP participants out of the grocery store. It’s no wonder that Republicans and Democrats in Congress, the food industry, and anti-hunger advocates and service providers all panned this nonsensical idea the two times it was previously proposed. Re-runs are bad enough when they are good shows – they are especially horrible when everyone has already panned the show the first time it ran. Year after year, month after month, day after day, the Trump Administration proposes new ways to increase the pain of struggling families. It’s like a cruelty ultra-marathon, but once again, low-income Americans and advocates for them will rise up against such cruelty, outlast their oppressors, and defeat such heartless, counter-productive proposals.”

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