Department of Homeland Security’s new public charge rule hurts all of us



On Tuesday, the Trump administration announced it plans to move forward with the “public charge rule” they proposed last fall. KC Healthy Kids worked with local and national partners to advocate against the rule because of the threat it poses to food security and public health. Leading anti-hunger organizations such as Feeding America and Food Research & Action Center have issued statements. Here, Beth Low-Smith, our vice president of policy, adds her response:

As advocates for healthy communities, we are appalled by this irresponsible decision, which will increase hunger and food insecurity among people of all ages.

This decision will harm public health and the economy across the nation by discouraging immigrants from accepting help for food, housing and healthcare.

As members of a community we are all connected to one another.

When children born in the U.S. go hungry, become homeless and don’t get medical care, it hurts our future prosperity.

When grocers close because their customers can’t afford to shop, we all lose a store.

When workers in home health care, food service, agriculture and construction can’t afford medical care, we will all pay the price.

These are some of the reasons we worked so hard with partner agencies and stakeholders to stop public charge. 

The new rule makes our efforts to improve food security—access to affordable fresh food for everyone—even more vital.

I encourage you to join us September 28 for What’s on your Plate?, a free community event.

Now more than ever, if you’re not at the table, you may be on the menu. Please join us. We’ve saved you a seat.

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