Warnings That Millions More Could Go Hungry as Trump Pushes $4.5 Billion in Food Benefit Cuts

In its latest potentially devastating attack on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, the Trump administration on Tuesday unveiled a proposal that would slash food stamps benefits by $4.5 billion over five years, a move analysts warned would increase hunger for millions of low-income families.

The new plan, announced by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), would cut food benefits for nearly 20 percent of the millions of households that use SNAP to afford groceries.

HuffPost‘s Arthur Delaney outlined the administration’s latest rule, which he noted is the USDA’s “third proposed cut to SNAP benefits in the past year”:

Stacy Dean, vice president for food assistance policy at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP), said in a series of tweets Tuesday that “the Trump administration’s latest proposal to cut SNAP… would leave millions of people, including struggling families, seniors, and people with disabilities, with less help putting food on the table.”