As supporters of universal basic income, we oppose the harmful and demeaning changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) proposed by the Trump administration.
We believe in the enactment of universal basic income as part of a new social contract in the United States that recognizes basic human dignity, advances equity, and guarantees financial stability for all Americans. But we recognize that the path to establishing universal basic income is a long one, and that as we move along that path, we must support and defend current social programs that provide vital support to those in poverty.
The Trump proposal to cut SNAP and replace benefits with a pre-set food box would leave more people hungry and rob struggling Americans of their ability to make the right choices on what their families most need. As individuals and organizations who recognize the importance of providing for basic needs and granting individual agency to all people, we strongly oppose these and any changes to the SNAP program which increase hunger and reduce choice.