President Trump's budget proposal would cut SNAP by one third.
On Monday, the Trump Administration released its proposal for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 budget, which includes a proposed drastic $220 billion cut to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP—formerly food stamps) over the next ten years—roughly one third of the entire program. Project Bread urges Congress to reject these cuts and continue to fully fund SNAP and other critical programs.
The government shutdown earlier this year was a reminder of the precarious situation low and even moderate income individuals and families face day to day and the critical role federal programs play in helping these households afford healthcare, housing, and a sufficient diet. Programs like SNAP provide stability and support allowing recipients to address health issues, take care of a loved one, improve their employment situation, or weather seasonal unemployment.
Currently, over 38 million Americans including 770,000 individuals in Massachusetts receive an average of $1.40 per person per meal in SNAP benefits. Despite being insufficient, SNAP is an incredibly effective program: lifting 3.4 million people out of poverty in 2017 and ensuring millions more are able to be food secure. The White House proposal to drastically cut the program is simply unconscionable and will make Americans more hungry, less healthy, and less able to work or learn.
In addition to cutting SNAP the White House’s proposed budget would:
Eliminate the 21st Century Learning Center program which funds over 10,000 afterschool programs that provide meals and snacks.
Squeeze the poorest families by cutting $21 billion from the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program, which provides cash assistance to low-income families with children, the elderly, and persons living with disabilities.
Increase the cost of healthcare by repealing the Affordable Care Act and making cuts to Medicaid totaling $777 billion.
Project Bread believes we can end hunger by strengthening local, state, and federal efforts that provide support and stability to our neighbors. As the budget process moves forward, we call upon Congress to recognize the incredible opportunities to address hunger and poverty by supporting these critical programs in their own FY20 proposal. Project Bread will continue to monitor the federal budget and advocate for stronger anti-hunger policies, until hunger ends.
Filed under: Informing Public Policy