Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis released the following statement after the Board of Supervisors approved her motion to oppose the Trump Administration’s proposed change to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), including submitting a public comment, sending a five-signature letter to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and monitoring and consider filing a legal action opposing the proposed rule change:

“Earlier this month, the Administration issued its third proposed change to the SNAP program, known here in California as CalFresh. This latest proposal would result in $4.5 billion in cuts to food assistance programs over a five-year period. This proposal is an appalling assault of safety net programs on which millions of people rely on to prevent hunger and homelessness.

Sadly, food insecurity touches every part of American society: seniors, working people, and children and youth. In LA County, two million of our residents experience food insecurity – and we recognize that solving this crisis is a matter of public health.

This Administration’s attempt to exacerbate the food insecurity crisis is inhumane, un-American, and shameful. LA County will not stand idly by as the Federal Administration tries to take food off of the table.”