New York (January 17, 2020) – Alison Cohen, Senior Director of Programs at WhyHunger, issued the following statement regarding the lawsuit filed by 14 states, Washington, D.C. and New York City to block the Trump Administration’s new food stamp rule:
“This crucial lawsuit to stop the Trump Administration rule to cut food stamp benefits for nearly 700,000 people is a powerful example of local governments calling out a clear violation of the right to food.
This cruel rule, which was passed by circumventing Congress and ignores strong public opposition, strips access to essential nutrition from individuals across the country, denying what WhyHunger believes should be the universal human right to nutritious food for everyone.
Our federal government needs to follow suit and take responsibility for supporting its most vulnerable citizens. The false assertion of this rule that pulling food off the tables of struggling individuals will create employment, is proving false in emerging data from states such as West Virginia, which enacted a similar rule four years ago. Instead, this rule puts the responsibility, burden and cost of nourishing America on the back of private charities and citizens.”
Learn more about the lawsuit in this article.
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