“If food assistance went away, I would starve to death” commented one of the diners at our Senior Meals last month talking about what it would mean if this program went away. We were talking to some of the guests who join us for the meal regularly. We were trying to understand how different safety net programs, including food stamps (SNAP), Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), School Meals, and Medicaid, help people and what would it mean if these programs were to go away or significant cut as it is currently proposed in the federal budget.
“Food assistance programs have kept me from starving. I have a place to go and share my stories & listen to others. I rely on food stamps to cook a meal, to have a meal” says Victor. It is distressing, to say the least, to hear these comments and to realize what is at stake if the federal safety net programs are not adequately funded.