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November 29, 2019
FoodDemocracy

Tell the USDA: Don’t take food aid away from hungry kids

The Trump administration wants to take food aid away from families across the United States.

Shortly after taking office, Donald Trump and his allies in Congress passed a $1.5 trillion tax cut, which overwhelmingly benefits the ultra-rich and corporations. Now they are attempting to cut food aid to millions of people across the U.S. they say to save money.

It’s just one more example of a brutal corporate strategy that traps people in cycles of poverty and systemic racism. And it’s a strategy that corporate billionaires, and the conservative think-tanks they fund, have spent decades fomenting: deliberately undermine the effectiveness of the U.S. government by stoking fear and division among the public while funneling trillions of dollars in tax cuts to corporations. Then, use the mistrust and deficits they created to justify cuts to basic government services and protections, like the proposed SNAP cuts.

That’s why we’re joining with a coalition of allies to reject a recently proposed rule change that would cut food assistance to millions of people in the U.S.

And that’s why I’m asking you to add your name and defend this essential life line. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, known as SNAP, reduces hunger and alleviates the crisis faced by food insecure families by providing assistance so they can purchase necessary food.

Tell the USDA to reject cuts to SNAP benefits that would hurt millions of people: children, seniors, people with disabilities and more.

The USDA’S latest proposed rule change would slash $4.5 billion from SNAP over five years. How? By taking away a state’s ability to determine how costs like heating are taken into account when calculating SNAP food assistance.

We have just days left before the end of the USDA’s official public comment period. This is the most effective moment to make it clear to the Trump administration that cutting food assistance is disgusting.

Send an official comment to the USDA to stop this heartless rule change.


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