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Proposed food stamp cuts could leave many hungry, Food For Lane County says

The change would affect 3.1 million people, including Lane County residents.

Posted: Jul 23, 2019 6:23 PM
Updated: Jul 24, 2019 11:27 AM

EUGENE, Ore. -- The Trump Administration is looking to tighten the requirements for who can get food stamps, and if the proposed rule goes into effect, a lot of people could go hungry, according to Food For Lane County.

The change would affect 3.1 million people, including Lane County residents.

RELATED: USDA RULE WOULD CUT FOOD STAMP BENEFITS FOR 3.1 MILLION

Karen Edmonds, the programs and services director for Food for Lane County, said even if people aren't meeting requirements, that doesn’t mean that they’re not struggling to feed themselves.

“There are a lot of expenses in a month,” said Edmonds. “People have to make choices that they’re going to spend their limited dollars on and food is one of the things they'll skimp on because it’s the most flexible."

However, Edmonds also said people should speak up if they would be impacted.

“If this is something that affects you, then really be a voice,” said Edmonds. “Let people know how it's going to affect you. It's going to affect many low-income earners and low-income wages and so it's hard to get by."

Edmonds said she’s not surprised to hear about the proposed rule because it’s not the first time food stamp benefits have changed.

Either way, she said Food for Lane County is prepared for these changes, and the organization will adjust if needed.

Sen. Jeff Merkley also spoke out against the proposal:

“Imagine going without dinner so your son or daughter can eat. Or cutting out any fruits and vegetables because they’re too expensive. Thanks to the Trump administration, 3 million Americans will face those kinds of awful choices instead of imagining them. This proposal will literally take food off the tables of children, working families, seniors, and people with disabilities. 

"Less than two years ago, President Trump gave $2 trillion to the wealthiest individuals and most powerful corporations in this country—and now he’s telling Americans that we’re going to take food out of children’s mouths to save money? That’s not credible and not acceptable. In the wealthiest country on earth, we can afford to make sure that no child goes to bed hungry at night. I will keep fighting with everything I have to push back on destructive decisions like these and to make sure that every family in America can keep food on their tables each day.”

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