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Statement from Santa Clara County Supervisor Cindy Chavez on Trump administration's proposed budget

Santa Clara County, CA -- Supervisor Cindy Chavez released the following statement on the Trump Administration?s proposed budget:

"It's alarming and irresponsible that President Trump wants to slash aid to women and children," said Chavez. "We're talking major cuts to women, infants and children nutrition (WIC) assistance, after-school and summer programs for low-income students, and federal work-study aid to college students. These programs have given thousands of Santa Clara County residents the foundation to build productive lives and careers that have contributed substantially to the economy and success of Silicon Valley."

Background:

* Approximately 23% of families in Santa Clara County earn less than $50,000 and therefore their children qualify for reduced or free lunch

* In 2015 almost 85,000 children in our county were eligible for subsidized meals

Also:
* In 2011 22,056 women, infant and children (WIC) were served per month in Santa Clara County

* California has the highest WIC coverage rate in the nation. California?s average monthly WIC enrollment was nearly 1.4 million women, infants, and children in the 2014 federal fiscal year. Nearly 80% of recipients are children.

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