NYC IBO: New Trump Budget Proposal Set to Empty Low-Income New Yorker’s Grocery Carts by $1.2 Billion Yearly

08.16.2017

For Immediate Release:                                                                  

August 16th, 2017      

Contact: Magen Allen                                                                 

Mallen@hungerfreeamerica.org                                                                                                                                          

(212) 825-0028, ext. 212

NYC IBO: New Trump Budget Proposal Set to

Empty Low-Income New Yorker’s Grocery Carts

by $1.2 Billion Yearly

Advocates Respond to House Budget Proposal:

“Further cuts to SNAP Would be Devastating”

According to the Independent Budget Office of New York City’s report published this morning, Trump’s budget proposal would seek to empty low-income New Yorker’s grocery carts:

“The President’s budget would cut food stamp benefits nationwide by $193 billion over 10 years by moving some of the grant costs to the states—reaching 25 percent by 2023—along with program reductions and stricter eligibility requirements. Based on current outlays, New York State’s share would be about $1.2 billion a year by 2023, forcing state officials to either reduce benefits, cut other programs to maintain food stamp funding, raise taxes or other revenues, or shift costs to the city and other localities.”

In response Joel Berg, CEO of Hunger Free America, issues the following statement,

“The billions in SNAP cuts during the previous decade have been detrimental to hungry Americans across the country, now the Trump budget, which could also give massive tax cuts to the wealthy, could cut hundreds of billions more.  New York City alone would lose more than a billion federal dollars per year. If Trump succeeds in emptying grocery carts in New York, we would see starvation-like conditions the city has not experienced since the Great Depression.”

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