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Western Center Opposes President’s Budget That Would Worsen Hunger, Health, and the Economy in California

Western Center and fellow anti-hunger leaders in California have issued a statement in opposition to President Trump’s FY 2020 budget, which would worsen hunger, health, and the economy in California and throughout the U.S.

The President released his budget, proposing $220 billion in deep cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP — CalFresh in California) over the next 10 years. The budget plan also doubled down on deeply flawed proposals to time limit benefits across several core safety net programs including SNAP, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Medicaid and Rental Assistance that would worsen hunger, health, and poverty for everyday Californians.

SNAP is the nation’s most important anti-hunger program, reaching nearly 40 million low-income Americans, including approximately 4 million Californians. Over the next 10 years, the budget blueprint outlines a harsh vision for our country that would increase hunger and hardship, including several proposals that would undermine the strength, efficiency, and reach of the SNAP program we know today.

Read the full statement here.