Every summer, the federal government provides meals to millions of American children living in poverty. In 2016, the Department of Agriculture fed 179 million meals to nearly 4 million children who rely on free or reduced meals during the school year. In the Mississippi Delta, the program is a lifeline for many families, and it could become even more important in the coming years.

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The Trump administration has proposed cutting the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as food stamps, by $191 billion. More than half of the 67,000 Delta families on food stamps have children.

Emrys Eller is a journalist and filmmaker in New York. He makes video and radio about education, health and environmental issues.

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