Trump administration's new proposal could cause millions to lose Food Stamps

From the past one year, the Department of Agriculture proposed three changes to the already existing Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, commonly referred to as SNAP or Food Stamps program. It provides food-purchasing assistance for poor people living in the United States. These new rules are now subjected to a debate in the US political spectrum. The Department of Agriculture changed the eligibility to much stricter requirements, cap deductions for utility allowances. Trump administration has made plenty of controversial decisions over the past few months. People from different political spectrums of the US are voicing their views against these controversial decisions.

The three new changes to the SNAP could potentially cause millions of poor people to lose access to food stamps and their benefits. A study by the Urban Institute said - on an average of 3.7 million fewer people would receive the SNAP benefits, approximately 2.2 million households would see their average monthly benefits go down by $127. Along with these, 3 million more would see their benefits drop by $37 per month and 982,000 students would lose access to free food. Craig Gundersen, an agricultural and consumer economics professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign said - “The essential goal of the SNAP program is to alleviate hunger and its consequences in the United States. Anything that hinders the SNAP program of doing that is very problematic as it leads to food insecurity in our country."

The United States Department of Agriculture in the meantime estimated that the charges would reduce the SNAP budget by approximately $4.2 billion. Former Vice President, Joe Biden attacked Trump’s government for approving the changes. He posted a tweet “No one should go hungry in America.”

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