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Tue Feb 12, 2019, 01:49 PM

USDA threatens food security

BY WILLIE D. FRANCOIS, OPINION CONTRIBUTOR — 02/12/19 07:30 AM EST

... In the president’s recitation of anniversaries we’ll commemorate in 2019 — such as 50 years since the Apollo 11 moon landing and 75 years since D-Day — he failed to mention the 400 years that blacks have survived American capitalism.

In 1619, the first Africans arrived in Virginia as property, an arrangement that became chattel economics. The president likewise failed to telegraph that his administration is jeopardizing food assistance for America’s needy with a proposed rule that places barriers to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) ...

Although Trump signed a clean farm bill in December, his administration plans to impose work requirements on SNAP recipients through executive order — potentially disqualifying 755,000 beneficiaries. The Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018 authorized the structure and funding for SNAP (still known as food stamps), but the proposed rule would limit benefits to three months for unemployed and underemployed persons without dependent children. This would undo a central feature of the farm bill. Scores of advocates for the needy intend to express opposition to the proposal during a public comment period through April 2 ...

https://thehill.com/opinion/civil-rights/429508-trumps-usda-threatens-food-security-for-hard-working-americans

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Tue Feb 12, 2019, 04:39 PM

1. In addition to feeding the hungry,

the grocery industry benefits greatly from SNAP. A good friend of mine owns a franchise discount grocery store in our small town. he says up to 70% of his business comes from SNAP. his business couldn't exist without it. He employs over 50 people.


SNAP does much more than just give food to poor people. It's been around so long it's an essential component of our food supply system that everyone benefits from. I don't receive SNAP, but I benefit from the presence of that discount store. I do lots of shopping there and save money every week that I can then spend at other local businesses.

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