Trump Administration Still Pushing in Court to Take Food Away from the Unemployed

05.13.2020

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Nicole Aber, 646-627-7741

Naber@hungerfreeamerica.org          

 

Advocates: “Food Cuts Now Less Compassionate or Common Sense Than Ever”

 

“It’s as if Scrooge Still Hadn’t Learned His Lesson”

Yesterday the Trump Administration appealed a federal court ruling that put a nationwide stay on its rule to impose additional work requirements on an estimated 700,000 recipients of benefits under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which was formerly called the Food Stamp Program.

In response, Joel Berg, CEO of Hunger Free America, a nationwide direct service and advocacy organization, said:

“Even months ago, when unemployment was relatively low, the Trump Administration’s proposed rule to deny food aid to people who were temporarily unemployed lacked compassion and common sense. Now, it is simply astonishing that, at a time with the highest unemployment since the Great Depression, the Trump Administration is doubling-down on this, spending scarce federal dollars to appeal a federal court decision striking down the proposed rule. Foods cuts now are less compassionate and show even less common sense than ever.

This massive increase in unemployment is a nightmare that should have woken up even the most hard-hearted person to the urgent need to support increasing, rather than restricting, food aid. It is as if the Trump Administration is Scrooge, was visited by nightmarish ghosts, and, even after that, had not learned its lesson to be kinder to those in need. They are pushing a future for America even crueler than the worst imagination of Charles Dickens. This is appalling, simply appalling.”