The Spark

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The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

Stealing Food from Kids and Grandparents

Sep 2, 2019

A 79-year-old Baltimore resident wondered why the federal government would “have the audacity to take our food” and put children in jeopardy. Indeed!

What used to be called food stamps, now the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), faces new cuts. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) aims to cut three million kids and seniors off food stamps.

A proposed rule change will hit kids the hardest. Currently, family eligibility for SNAP plays a role in student eligibility for free school lunches. The two federal programs – food stamps and school lunches – are automatically linked. The USDA wants separate applications – more red tape!

Right now, poverty is so bad at some schools that 40 to 60 percent of kids get food stamps at home. Currently, in these situations, the school district is informed. The school can then get free breakfast AND lunch for every kid at the school. When nutrition is better, kids have a fighting chance to learn!

The USDA calculates this rule change will mean half a million school children will be cut from the free lunch program. They estimate two billion dollars in “savings!”

This country’s wealthiest – who likely never missed a meal – benefitted from 1.5 trillion dollars in federal tax cuts since 2017. THEIR government wants to pay for THAT by stealing food from kids and the elderly. This truly turns the stomach!