The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) helps over 40 million low-income, Americans put food on the table.

SNAP is the first line of defense against hunger for working families earning low wages, seniors, children, people with disabilities, veterans, and people who are between jobs or do not have steady employment, often reasons outside of their control.

Harmful changes to SNAP have been proposed in the 2018 Farm Bill in the U.S. House of Representatives – changes that would push large numbers of working families off SNAP and impose strict and ill-considered rules that would subject millions of people to harsh eligibility cutoffs, leading to greater hunger and poverty.

Instead of proposing to punish the poor and reduce access to nutritious food, Congress should focus on creating policies to end hunger and lift people out of poverty.

Seriously, a lot of people both in Trumps administration and in Congress simply feel no empathy for the poor. Some of that lack of empathy surely reflects racial bias, while the war on the poor will hurt black and brown people. It will also hurt a lot of low-income whites.

Frank Hairston