A Vermont State Senator called for action today, as the federal government is looking to get rid of food assistance benefits. Local leaders and people from Hunger Free Vermont met to discuss the status of Three Squares Vermont.
Both Senator Ingram and Attorney General T.J. Donovan urged Vermonters to call their local representatives and voice their opinions towards these proposed cuts. The government is going through a comment period right now, where you can submit your concerns and the government can’t make any decisions until the period is over.
Attorney General T.J. Donavan told Vermonters they have the power to help make changes.
“We need these comments by September 23rd. We need Vermonters to be engaged. We need Vermonters to use their voice, and to submit comments to the federal government, saying we oppose this new rule that’s going to hurt our seniors and hurt our kids.”
State Senator Debbie Ingram talked about the real people hurt by these cuts.
“A seventy one year old grandmother has custody of her ten year old grandson. And her income is thirty-thousand dollars a year. They lose their monthly food benefits, are these the people the federal government is saying are exploiting loopholes? I don’t think so.”
Donovan said if the cuts go through, he fears Vermonters will have to make some hard decisions.
“Vermont families would lose $7.5 Million in food benefits. What does that mean for low income working Vermonters? Or seniors? Are they going to choose to pay for food? Or choose to pay for their medication?”
And if these rules do go into effect, Debbie Ingram says her fellow lawmakers may have to act.
“If it’s going to come to that, I think our legislature is made up of very decent, good people. And so we’ll try to find the money somewhere, if we absolutely have to.