Agriculture grants are a disaster for the poor.
In fact, they have made food insecurity worse.
And the food stamp program is now the most generous in the nation.
But the President is right that we should be giving food stamps to those who need it the most.
Agents of change are out to get them.
That is why the President has made it clear he is open to eliminating the program, replacing it with something better.
In the meantime, he should immediately abolish the Department of Agriculture’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
This program provides food stamps for low-income households and their dependents who qualify.
The food stamp programs are an important lifeline for millions of Americans.
But they have not always been efficient and effective.
The Food and Nutrition Service has been underfunded and understaffed.
Its fiscal year 2017 budget is $10.4 billion.
That amounts to $8.8 billion more than the entire federal government spends in a single year.
Congress should immediately slash the food stamps program, and instead invest in improving the delivery of food to the needy, including those who are in need of the assistance.
Congress can do so by creating a new food assistance program known as the Supplemental Nutrition Education Program (SNEAP).
In 2017, it spent $2.3 billion on SNAP and SNAP-certified schools, and $6.5 billion on food stamps.
This would make SNAP a great addition to the SNAP program.
This funding would also provide SNAP-approved schools with additional financial aid for the first two years of the program.
These programs would also be able to make grants to schools for equipment and supplies.
This is a good way to support the most vulnerable and hardest-hit families, and it would also save taxpayer dollars.
These kinds of grants would help address the problem of underfunding of SNAP and the inability of SNAP-authorized schools to meet the needs of their students.
The President should eliminate SNAP for the next two years, and he should also immediately end the program for the 2018-2019 school year.
This year’s budget requests $3.2 billion for SNAP and $1.4 million for food stamps, a savings of more than $400 million over the current 2017 budget.
To support SNAP, Congress should increase the federal minimum wage and allow states to raise their minimum wage, as well as provide SNAP grants for SNAP-eligible families.
SNAP is a great investment that can help low- and moderate-income families stay afloat.
The federal government should continue to make SNAP available for families who need the most assistance and who can least afford it.
This includes families with children, the disabled, the elderly, the unemployed, and other vulnerable groups.
This program also makes sense for businesses, because it encourages businesses to expand their SNAP-program offerings and improve their efficiency.
But Congress should also continue to increase SNAP benefits for low and moderate income families, as needed, and for SNAP schools, as necessary, as part of a more permanent solution to the food insecurity crisis.
In addition, Congress could continue to provide SNAP to those families who qualify for the program under current law.
This will help to address the need for a permanent food stamp increase, and SNAP families would not have to depend on a food stamp supplement.
The SNAP program is a vital lifeline to many Americans.
The USDA should continue its efforts to improve the delivery and effectiveness of the SNAP-administered food assistance programs.
Congress and the President can help improve SNAP and food assistance to millions of people.
In 2018, the Congress and President should work together to create a new program called the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program.
The new program would expand SNAP eligibility to eligible families and individuals.
It would also give SNAP-based food assistance grants to qualified school districts.
The program would make these grants to eligible low-wage employers.
These are the types of investments that Congress can make to support SNAP programs and support more Americans who need help.
As a nation, we need to make a commitment to work toward a healthier and more prosperous America.
We should also support our fellow Americans who struggle with the effects of food insecurity and the challenges of maintaining food security in the face of an increasingly global economy.
Congress, the President, and the entire administration can help create a better future for our nation by implementing these reforms and by providing the assistance necessary to improve food security for all Americans.