President Trump's budget proposal would cut SNAP by one third.
On Monday, the Trump Administration released its proposal for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 budget, which proposes to drastically cut the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly food stamps) by $182 billion 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.
Programs like SNAP provide support when it is needed most, allowing recipients to address health issues, take care of a loved one, improve their employment situation, or weather seasonal unemployment. Currently, over 36 million Americans, including 758,000 individuals in Massachusetts, are enrolled in SNAP, which lifted 3.4 million people out of poverty in 2017 alone.
“The White House proposal to drastically cut the program is simply unconscionable,” said Erin McAleer, President of Project Bread. “It will make Americans hungrier, less healthy, and less able to work or learn.“
The administration is also proposing to end free school meals for millions of children by weakening the Community Eligibility Provision, an innovation that streamlines access to free school meals for districts with high levels of poverty. This amounts to an estimated $1.7 billion cut from the national school breakfast and lunch programs, reversing nearly a decade of progress.
In addition to slashing important anti-hunger programs, the White House’s proposed budget would increase poverty and food insecurity by:
Eliminate the 21st Century Learning Center program which funds over 10,000 afterschool programs that provide meals and snacks.
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.
Increasing the cost of healthcare by cutting $920 billion to Medicaid.
Project Bread believes we can end hunger by strengthening local, state, and federal programs 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 FY21 proposal. Project Bread will continue to monitor the federal budget process and advocate for stronger anti-hunger policies until hunger ends.
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