Author: Cassie Davis

SNAP in a Trump Budget

Photo: Paul Sableman (CC) Crook Fellow Cassie Davis details the effects of the Trump administration’s budget proposal will have on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), using insights gleaned from her work for Bread for the World: SNAP faces budget cut proposals every year, but the Trump administration takes its first hit at the effective food assistance program. It threatens a wide range of Americans through significant structural changes to the working program. The Great Depression yielded a variety of welfare programs, including the highly effective Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly referred to as food stamps. The program was designed...

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The sanctuary cities law and food insecurity in Texas’ immigrant community

Photo: Michael Stravato The state’s new ban on sanctuary cities increases the risk of food insecurity and hunger among undocumented immigrants and their children, many of whom are U.S. citizens. Texas is home to roughly 1.5 million undocumented immigrants, 38 percent are undocumented families living with at least one U.S. citizen under the age of 18. Currently, 1 of every 4 Texas children does not have regular access to food in a given year. Undocumented immigrants are twice as likely to be food insecure as the overall population. The high risk of food insecurity in Texas coupled with the state’s ban on sanctuary cities is a recipe for hunger....

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Bread for the World Lobby Day: Faith Leaders in the Era of Trump

Photo: Rene Schwietzke The commonly cited metaphor by Thomas Jefferson, calls for the “separation of church and state,” which has been used to counter wide array of policy decisions. As we have seen with numerous policy proposals both past and present, religion is not always separated from affairs of the state. In fact, sometimes religion has been used to justify the passage of harmful legislation. So how do we find a balance of religious influence in politics that actually exemplifies the teachings of Christ while respecting our legislative process? This is a loaded question, one that will draw a wide...

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