President Donald Trump’s proposed 2019 budget is a slap in the face to low-income families in a host of ways. What got my attention is the proposal to overhaul the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), or the food-stamp program. I manage a food bank in North Seattle, and every day I see folks who are left behind in our city’s booming economy struggle to put food on the table for their children.
For 42.2 million Americans — the majority of whom are the elderly, the disabled and the working poor — SNAP makes it possible to purchase healthy, culturally appropriate food. And every time you hear a “welfare queen” story, just know that SNAP has a minuscule 1.4 percent fraud rate. SNAP works. And programs that work deserve to be expanded, especially in these trying economic times.
And the White House’s proposal to replace benefits with a box of canned goods and shelf-stable milk? This depressing solution only demonstrates the cruelty of the administration toward the most vulnerable.
Casey Hobbs, Seattle