Rosemary Seifert-Graf: Cutting SNAP will make rising levels of inequality even worse

Published: 12/3/2019 12:36:48 PM

The Trump administration is at it again, working overtime to find new ways to undermine working families. They are focusing on those families that need help putting food on their table, bypassing Congress and sneaking in deep cuts to SNAP (food stamps) through a new proposed rule change by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

This misguided rule would cut SNAP benefits for more than 7 million people, including 3 million children. Yes, children across this country would have healthy food to eat. This effort of the administration would undermine states’ ability to account for costs of heating, cooling and phone as they calculate SNAP benefits.

These cuts would be because of unfair standards and caps that were based on inadequate survey data. We need to stand together and defend this essential lifeline. SNAP reduces hunger and alleviates the crisis faced by food insecure families by providing assistance so they can buy nutritious food.

These millions of people who would be hurt are children, seniors, people with disabilities and working families. We must tell Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue we won’t take food away from millions of families. We are the richest country in the world. We have countless billionaires. The income gap that creates inequality is growing in ways not seen since the Gilded Age.

Cutting the SNAP program will only make rising levels of inequality even worse.

Rosemary Seifert-Graf

Cummington




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