Upon learning of the presidential administration’s proposed changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) – formerly known as the Food Stamp Program – Assemblywoman Gabriela Mosquera (D-Camden and Gloucester) released the following statement:
“Millions of Americans will find themselves unable to provide for their families if the President’s proposed SNAP eligibility restrictions are enacted. Individuals throughout the country will struggle to put food on the table if the assistance they require is taken away by an administration that is incapable of empathizing with those in need.
“In New Jersey alone, nearly 68,000 residents would lose access to this program – including senior citizens, children, and individuals with disabilities. This is entirely unacceptable. When someone spends all their time just trying to make ends meet, knowing where their next meal will come from can make all the difference.
“To deny our citizens the simple yet essential support they rely on would lead to negative repercussions throughout the entire community. Malnourished people are more tired, distracted, uncoordinated and forgetful, which can lead to issues at work, in the car, and so on.
“Even children would be unable to avoid the harmful effects of this administration’s heartless proposal. More than half a million students would no longer receive free school lunches if the President’s plan is approved.
“Our society cannot and must not fail those who depend on us for help. President Trump’s administration must not authorize the proposed changes to this important program.”