One in eight Iowans struggle with hunger. One in six of those Iowans are children, according to the nonprofit organization Feeding Hunger. The Trump Administration has proposed replacing SNAP benefits with blue apron style food boxes, and calls for cutting food assistance for Iowans drastically in his proposed budget.
During this hour of River to River, host Ben Kieffer talks with Ann Keimig of Des Moines about how the supplemental food and nutrition assistance program helped her as a young, single mother. Neil Hamilton, who is director of the Agricultural Law Center at Drake University, and Matt Highland of the Iowa Department of Human Services, also join the conversation to talk about why food assistance programs exist and who they serve in Iowa.