Don’t “Happy Mother’s Day” Me Until You Do This

I want our government to stop attacking essential programs, like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) — an anti-hunger program that, according to the National Women’s Law Center, kept 8.4 million people, including nearly 4 million children, above the poverty line in 2015. A reported 44 million low-income individuals and families receive SNAP benefits, and many are women or women-led households who rely on this resource to escape poverty. Women with access to SNAP are significantly more likely to complete their education, be employed and have higher earnings and financial success, and they are 34 percent more likely to report good health. The Trump administration wants to cut nearly $213 billion from the program over the next 10 years. I want the lip service this country pays mothers to end, and actual, sustainable support to officially start.