Trump administration considers changes to nation’s food stamp program

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DENVER — Changes to the country’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program could be on the way.

President Donald Trump wants to try to cut funding from the benefits which would limit some of the options participants have.

There are concerns from participants about what the changes could mean for them.

Colorado’s Human Services Department wants people to know they’re committed to the program.

If anyone is eligible, they are encouraged to apply for benefits and the nutritional food programs.

For 15 years, Denver resident Christina Garcia and her family have been able to enjoy healthy meals because of SNAP.

“I don’t know what my family would do without SNAP card,” Garcia said.

Under the program, Garcia can go to the store and choose what foods her family is going to eat. Those choices could be limited if a proposal by the Trump administration is passed.

To try to cut spending, the White House wants to give SNAP participants half of their benefits in a pre-prepared food package instead of credit on an EBT card.

“How are you going to cut off stamps and then just give us a box that’s supposed to last us a whole month,” Garcia said.

While Garcia is skeptical of the proposed changes, Colorado’s Human Services Department continues to run business as usual.

It hosts nutrition classes, guides SNAP participants through the process and accepts applications.

“Our goal is to really make health the easiest choice possible,” Max Young with Colorado Human Services said. “We know there are a lot of concerns out there, but our goal is really to continue the best programming for our families.”

Right now, about 500,000 Coloradans rely on SNAP for food and 86 percent of those households have children, seniors or people with disabilities.

Congress has to approve Trump’s proposal before it goes into effect.

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