Daimond and Georgia Gibson have a six-year-old son and receive food stamps worth $350 a month. Daimond said: I voted for Trump: what a mistake. Photograph: Jason Hornick for the Guardian
The District of Columbia in comparison with US states has one of the highest proportions of the population to be on food stamps. For instance, 21.97% of residents were on them in 2014, a report from the US Department of Agricultures (USDAs) nutrition service reported in 2015.
Many residents of Congress Heights, a disadvantaged area thats a 20-minute drive from the executive mansion, depend on food stamps and would soon feel the pain of cutbacks.
Last week, Kozette Green, a 44-year-old single mother, dropped into a convenience store on Alabama Avenue with her nine-year-old twins Jerzey and John; she also has a daughter, Nija, 18. Green has been on food stamps since Nijas birth in 1998 prompted her to leave her job in childcare. They made a big difference because I dont really make a lot so it helped me bring food for my kids.
Green receives $273 a month for herself and her children. If that was taken away? Oh my god, I dont know, she replied. My kids probably wouldnt get as much as they do now. I think its horrible. Its going to be harder on the people who dont have jobs trying to eat and provide for their families.
Walking by the store, Reginald Porter-Bey, 59, who used to work as a printer at the Pentagon, started using food stamps a decade ago when he was homeless and jobless. Theyre very important to get through the month. Youve got to know how to find bargains.
Porter-Bey, who has five children, added: It would have a hell of an impact. Thats taking food out of my mouth and other peoples mouths whove got kids. Thats not fair. People voted for Trump and he slapped them in the face. There are people in West Virginia who are poor just like here. He doesnt care because hes all right.
Weve had people robbing from another just to survive. No man is not going to allow his kids to eat, not if hes a man.
His friend Donald Greenfield, 36, a cook, added: Its gonna hurt a lot of people. A persons got to survive. For him to take the Snap and not put something in its place is totally wrong. Youre taking money out of kids mouths who are hardly making it.
Conservative media outlets such as Fox News have previously referred to food stamp users as moochers, parasites and takers instead of makers. Last week Trumps budget director Mick Mulvaney said: If youre on food stamps and youre able-bodied, we need you to go to work.
But according to the governments own figures, most families on Snap 55% of them do have a family member working. The issue is that they do not make enough money to feed their families. This budget is not an evidence-based exercise in policy-making. Its oriented at cutting government spending in order to lavish tax cuts on the wealthy, said Dean.
Daimond and Georgia Gibson have a six-year-old son and receive food stamps worth $350 a month. Daimond, 44, suffered a slipped disc in his back and lost his job as a manager about 18 months ago. He said: I voted for Trump: what a mistake. Hes a businessman, and I thought hes going to run the country like a business. I cant see it.
If the family lost food stamps, he said, it would be a major blow. Wed have to come down from three meals a day to maybe one or one-and-a-half. Were in the nations capital and prices are high. We feed the third world countries; why not feed us?
Georgia, 25, who could not vote because of a past felony, described the proposal to slash food stamps as ridiculous. She said: If he doesnt look after poor people now, hes going to see a lot more poverty.
She said of Trump: Hes tearing our country apart. Theres so much hate. Hes dividing our people. There has always been racism and we knew it was a problem but we clearly see it now.
Others in the neighborhood which includes fast-food outlets, convenience stores with bulletproof glass, police cars on regular patrol and Martin Luther King Jr Elementary School warned that they might turn to desperate measures without food stamps.
Rodney Crowder, 51, is diabetic, has mental health problems, spent three years in prison for robbery and is homeless, forcing him to sleep in a car. Trump is a good guy, but hed better not take any food stamps. He cant do that shit. People need help. It would make me want to rob again. What the hell do you think? I aint got no food stamps, Im gonna steal. I gotta eat.
Ralik Turner, 52, a community developer and social worker, offered a different perspective on the proposal. It will just be the direction the country has been going for years. Bill Clinton started the cuts and I like Clinton. Like any underground network, people are going to find a way because they have no choice.
Food stamps is a subsidy. Its not making the bread of any household in this country. In no way does it take the credit for the situation of freedom in the black community. Most of the elderly get $6 to $14 a month on food stamps; no one can live on them; it means nothing. This lie proposed that food stamps is an industry making poor people rich is bullshit.