Hunger is not and has never been a meaningful incentive to find employment when employment is not there to be had. Yet the Trump Administration just announced a new rule restricting Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program for nearly 700,000 so-called “able-bodied adults without dependents.”
Until we can change the system that allows people to remain hungry, we cannot and will not rest. Not while a mother still anguishes when she has to put a child to bed hungry. Not while those struggling still forgo help because of stigma. Not while anyone in our country remains unable to access the food they need to thrive.
Trump’s budget proposes deep cuts to programs which provide necessary and life-saving services to low-income Americans, including attempts to decimate food stamps. Those impacted most will be, overwhelmingly, women and their children.
Make no mistake: Those most affected by the harsh proposals in this legislation will be women—specifically single mothers.