April 11, 2018 – “We know that people using SNAP (formerly known as food stamps) are doing everything they can to provide for their families,” said Susannah Morgan, CEO of Oregon Food Bank. “So the executive order signed by President Trump yesterday that implies tougher work requirements for SNAP and other public assistance programs really does feel like a bit of a solution in search of a problem.”
While not setting new policy, the executive order misrepresents people experiencing poverty and could result in recommendations that slowly chip away at programs that protect the most vulnerable in our communities. The order calls for review of programs like SNAP and instructs federal agencies to propose new regulations and cut spending.
“We know that the vast majority of SNAP recipients who can work do so, but they are often in low paying jobs that don’t provide enough hours or benefits to get by,” Morgan added. “SNAP helps people stay afloat when they hit hard times.”
We are concerned that this order will encourage an expansion of work requirements for SNAP and other vital programs that help our neighbors meet their basic needs and live healthy lives. Work requirements ultimately serve as punitive time limits for people who often face significant barriers to finding a job or meet the work requirements.
Oregon Food Bank remains steadfast in opposition of measures that negatively impact SNAP participants. Taking away basic human needs such as nutrition and health benefits is not the solution.