Sarbanes Slams New Trump Administration Plan to Punish Hungry Children and Families

At a House Economic and Consumer Policy Subcommittee hearing today, Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) highlighted the detrimental impacts of the Trump Administration’s proposed changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which would leave 3.7 million Americans – including 15,000 Baltimore residents – hungry and take away free and reduced-priced lunch from nearly one million students across the country.

“People don’t reach for these benefits or take advantage of the opportunity to access SNAP benefits because it’s just more convenient than going to a restaurant or paying for it at a supermarket,” said Congressman Sarbanes. “They go because they have a desperate need for it.”

Sarbanes continued: “It’s incredible to me that so many millions of Americans, including millions of children, are going to bed hungry every night in this country of tremendous wealth…. Do we not know that we’re going hungry in this country? Are we hiding it away? I see in Baltimore every day there’s a hidden America – it’s completely hidden away. It’s clothed in poverty, hunger, despair and frustration that then leads to violence. Somehow, we have found a way – collectively in this country – to close that door and turn our eyes away from it. It will haunt us as a nation.”