Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis released the following statement after the Board of Supervisors approved her motion to send a five-signature letter to the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture and to the County Congressional Delegation to declare Los Angeles County’s strong opposition to proposed federal rules to cut food benefits:

“The Trump Administration is proposing callous rules that would limit Americans’ access to the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, referred to as CalFresh in California. Such action would affect 3 million Americans who rely on the nation’s most successful anti-poverty program to access healthy food. LA County recognizes that food insecurity is a matter of public health, and these heartless proposed rule changes would have a pronounced effect on County residents.

On any given day, two million County residents experience food insecurity. LA County’s Department of Public Social Services (DPSS) estimates that over 120,000 California households, including 40,000 in Los Angeles County, could be affected by these rule changes. Most are families with children, seniors, and disabled individuals. These proposed rule changes are an assault on our low-income residents and will plunge them further into poverty, instead of lifting them up. These nonsensical rule changes would prevent children from food insecure households from getting school meals. Community college students could also be harmed.

Half of California community college students experience food insecurity, which is why DPSS has been partnering with local community colleges to address the pervasive food insecurity felt by their students. Instead of making it easier to ensure access to nutritious food, this Administration is making it harder—bite by bite.

LA County will always advocate on behalf of its most vulnerable residents. My Board motion directs DPSS to submit a comprehensive comment during the 60-day public comment period to detail the ways in which these rule changes would harm County residents.”

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Contact: Deputy Communications Director Rosa Maria Santana, 213-359-0795 or rsantana@bos.lacounty.gov