When President Trump's budget director, Mick Mulvaney, unveiled the
administration's budget blueprint earlier this week, which calls for
significant cuts to food stamps, he noted that the aim of the budget was to
get people working. "If you're on food stamps and you're able-bodied, we need
you to go to work. If you're on disability insurance and you're not supposed
to be — if you're not truly disabled, we need you to go back to work,"
Mulvaney said Tuesday. But the reality is, many people (44 percent) who rely
on SNAP — the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, as food stamps is
now known — have at least one person in the family working, according to
the latest figures from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. And when it comes
to families on SNAP with kids, a majority — 55 percent — are bringing
home wages, according to USDA. The problem is, those wages aren't enough to
actually live on. That jibes with what Feeding America, a network of U.S.
food banks, found in 2014 when it