Donovan tells Vermonters to tell Trump, "don't reduce our foodstamps" - NBC 5

VT Attorney General TJ Donovan is urging Vermonters to tell the White House it opposes cuts in their food stamps. The Trump administration wants to close a loophole opened by the Obama administration in 2009, in response to the Great Recession. The loophole allowed states to exceed the maximum allocation of food stamps to needy state residents. 

"They said Wednesday the proposed changes to the eligibility for benefits would cost Vermont families about $7.5 million in food benefits. They also say the changes to Vermont's program - 3SquaresVT - would also affect the eligibility of children to get free and reduced meals at schools."

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  • d pilone
    commented 2019-09-13 10:01:20 -0400
    SNAP is essential for the truly needy. Under Obama it was a snap (no pun intended) to secure benefits and I’m sure there were many that qualified that should not have been. My sincere hope is that the savings will increase the amount given to the remaining recipients because they need an increase. It would also make sense to allow recipients to buy a prepared hot meal (not allowed at present) from fast food establishments and food trucks. They can’t even buy a hot cup of coffee because it is prohibited by law because it is considered a prepared hot meal item! There needs to be a work around solution by where designated establishments can sell a prepared hot item for takeout.
  • Patrick Finnie
    commented 2019-09-12 09:10:38 -0400
    Hard to believe that there are some people that abuse these benefits, but there are. All these programs need to be tightened up, so those that those that are scamming the system are outed, and put to work. With unemployment at record lows, there’s plenty of opportunity out there for those that “want” to be a productive member of society. And those that don’t avail themselves of this employment hay day ? Maybe Bernie will take them with him to Sweden where they can all enjoy the benefits of socialism.