Who would have thought you would need to defend feeding a hungry child?

President Trump’s budget proposes deep cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, previously known as food stamps).

Here in Utah, over 80 percent of SNAP recipients are families with children. Although most of these children’s parents are employed, these low-income families (especially those with very young children) are having difficulty keeping up with the cost of housing, child care and medical bills.

Currently, 1 in 3 preschool children receive help from SNAP. We know from decades of research that children who receive SNAP benefits do better in math and reading in elementary school and will go on to have better long-term health.

More cuts to the SNAP program will take food from the mouths of babes.

Debbie Baskin, Salt Lake City