Bridgeport grandmother among thousands potentially cut from SNAP

As the Trump administration cuts hundreds of thousands of Americans from the food stamp program, a Bridgeport grandmother says the change could leave her homeless.

News 12 Staff

Dec 6, 2019, 10:29 PM

Updated 1,590 days ago

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As the Trump administration cuts hundreds of thousands of Americans from the food stamp program, a Bridgeport grandmother says the change could leave her homeless.
Dawna Melvin says all she knows for sure is what city officials tell her: under a new plan laid out this week by the Trump administration, she -- like hundreds of thousands of Americans -- could lose her food stamp benefits.
"I was homeless and I don't want to go back to that," she said. "But I have to eat because I have health issues. And then you take this away from me? I don't even know what I'm going to do."
Since his campaign in 2016, President Trump has argued against what he calls entitlement programs, announcing last month he'd like to see 7 million people get cut from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
The plan will go into effect on April 1 and save the federal government an estimated $5.5 billion over five years. Officials say in the short term, 680,000 people like Melvin would lose their benefits.
Meanwhile, she's trying to figure out how she will re-budget her $771 monthly income.
"I would have to take the little bit of money that I get from disability and would have to put that towards my food," she said. "And that's cutting me back from my rent. And my rent, here? $1,200!"
Melvin says she plans to contact her congressional representatives to see if there's anything she can do to keep her benefits.


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