Ortiz Calls on the New York State Congressional Delegation to Reject Trump’s Proposal Effecting the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program

February 26, 2018

Over the weekend there was an announcement from Washington D.C. that the Trump administration was pursuing a proposal that would have a devastating effect on funding the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP).

The proposal is included in the Trump administration budget for 2019. Under the proposal, most SNAP recipients would lose much of their ability to choose the food they buy with their benefits.

Over 2 million New Yorkers would get about half of their benefits in the form of a “USDA Foods package.” The package was described as shelf-stable milk, ready to eat cereals, pasta, peanut butter, beans and canned fruit and vegetables. The “USDA package” would not include fresh fruits or vegetables and does not take into account special dietary restrictions or allergies.

“I call on the full New York State Congressional Delegation to reject yet another White House proposal that would disenfranchise our most vulnerable community members.

“This would just present another barrier for families, children, the disabled, and seniors to obtain nutritious foods. We should be working to make it easier to access a healthy diet and counteract the obesity problem that our nation has been struggling against,” said Ortiz.