Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty held a roundtable in Waterbury, Connecticut Wednesday to discuss the state’s use of a federal nutrition program.
Esty, a Democrat from the 5th House district, met with advocates and experts to discuss the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP.
SNAP is provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. It helps low-income families get food at grocery stores and farmers markets.
Esty says the program is a necessity for many Connecticut residents. There are more than 35,000 SNAP recipients in Waterbury alone.
The White House’s budget proposal cuts 25 percent of SNAP’s budget — about $193 billion over the next decade.