New Trump policy expected to cripple Brooklyn food pantries, experts claim

President Trump’s new proposal allowing Homeland Security to reject green card and visa applications from SNAP recipients has forced many to Brooklynites turn to food pantries for assistance.
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Kings County food pantries are bracing for the crippling flood of new clients expected as a result of a new Trump Administration policy preventing those receiving federal assistance from becoming citizens, experts report.

The new federal initiative known informally as the “public charge rule” will allow Uncle Sam to reject visa and green card applications from immigrants signed up for federal welfare programs, like Medicaid and food stamps, by deeming them a “public charge.”

Brooklyn receives more food stamp benefits through the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program than any other borough in the city — 22 percent of residents were enrolled in the program in 2018 — but experts claim the mere mention of Trump’s exclusionary new proposal has already caused beneficiaries to flee the program.

“The policies coming out of the federal government are already having a chilling effect on some of our most vulnerable neighbors, scaring them away from SNAP and other vital resources like shelter and healthcare,” said Camesha Grant, a representative of Food Bank for New York City. “This rule is the latest attempt to intimidate immigrants and their families — it would lead to thousands more New Yorkers going hungry every day.”

Brooklyn’s hardest-hit neighborhoods will be Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brownsville, and Ocean Hill, where more than 30 percent of residents rely on food stamps, according to a report by Food Bank for New York City.

Trump first proposed the public charge rule last year, the mere suggestion of which prompted beneficiaries to flee the food stamp program, which saw a 12 percent enrollment dip from 2018 to 2019, according to a report published by the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs.

Those hungry Brooklyn residents who fled the federal program last year turned to local food pantries for help, and employees recounted the miserable experience of having to turn hundreds of families away.

“We’ve cut hundreds of families and turned away hundreds of people,” said Tom Neve, who runs the Bensonhurst food pantry and social services organization, Reaching-Out Community Services.

A survey found that 81 percent of soup kitchens and food pantries see federal policy changes as a significant threat to their ability to serve New Yorkers in need, and more than half of the city’s food pantries reported running low on food in 2018, according to Food Bank for New York City.

And with many food pantries already operating on a shoestring budget, operators pray they can keep their already struggling missions open in the face of what’s to come.

“I hope to God we can keep our doors open,” Neve said.

Reach reporter Rose Adams at or by calling (718) 260–8306. Follow her on Twitter @rose_n_adams
Updated 1:10 pm, August 15, 2019
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Reasonable discourse

AlmadeCubano from the Slope says:
Donald Trump is simply an inhuman moron. The worst example of an entitled little white jerk in the history of NYC.
Aug. 15, 1:04 pm
Rufus Leaking from BH says:
Gimme your stuff! I came to the USA for stuff! My country makes you work for stuff.
Aug. 15, 2:01 pm
SCR from Realityville says:
Is it really,a"12-percent"enrollment drop, Or is it actually"12-percent"fewer,(non-citizen) immigrant,newly applying for various Federal government social service benefits? There is definitely a difference. It very likely just as bureaucratically difficult to withdrew,from these various programs,as it is to enroll in them;in the first-place. Nobody,is being automatically cut-off,from getting these benefits. It seems,as if some,are attempting to willfully mislead us? Fortunately NOT,all of us,are stupid. But,if they advocates for these needy(non-citizen) immigrants,really mean it-then let them put their bodies,where their mouths are. Everyone of them,place yourselves,in front of the appropriate social services offices-and dissuade these immigrants,from withdrawing,from the benefits programs.
Aug. 15, 3:31 pm
Gimme from Yourz says:
Lmao. Time to get jobs kiddies, the gravy train is cancelled.
Aug. 15, 5:32 pm
Tee L says:
I didn’t vote for Trump but on this issue I am with him. I don’t say American born of all race, back ground don’t receive government assistance, being a burden but some new comers just totally abuse the kindness of this country. Back in 2013/14 when that bs adult day care wasted so much Medicaid fundings. The bs adult day care in Bath beach, Sunset Park, Bensonhurst were mostly Mainland Chinese, 1 bs adult day care in Bath Beach was Russian or Ruskie. Then at 1 point Medicaid fraud was mostly Russian. I don’t make this up. This country was built by immigrants but pretty much not the new comers.
Aug. 16, 1:40 pm
Gill Hodges says:
What does dibozo think?
Aug. 16, 2:16 pm
Gimme from Yourz says:
Shut da fug up Tee L, you stoopid chinck!
Aug. 16, 2:28 pm
t from bath beach says:
I think the food pantries are getting more hurt by gentrifying individuals moving in and greedy landlords. This causes lower income Brooklyn folk from having to spend more on rent and having less for food thus having to rely on the pantries. Just another reason for blaming Trump for a local issue thats more about gentrification then cutting food stamps for immigrants looking for a handout.
Aug. 16, 2:55 pm
Hector says:
Go after deadbeat dads who dont pay child support.
Aug. 16, 6:40 pm

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