There are no perks like free ice cream day for the child in poverty, struggling to survive — let alone thrive.
That’s why the proposed dramatic cuts in programs that help poor children and families get food seem immoral. The House Agriculture Committee last month passed the Farm Bill – legislation approved every five years that, among other things, provides support to families in need of nutrition aid. Unfortunately, House Republicans are insisting that millions of American children and families pay the price for finally moving this bill.
The House gutted $16.5 billion from food stamps — our nation’s most important anti-hunger program, which gives low-income families modest aid during tough times. These cuts mean up to three million low-income Americans – largely families with children – can’t buy food.
These cuts in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program also eliminate free school meals for 280,000 children. School breakfast or lunch is too often the only complete meal a child can eat all day. We expect our students to compete in a global economy. We expect them to come to school ready to learn — but we conveniently ignore the facts.