no spam, unsubscribe anytime.
The Current version of the House Agriculture Committee’s Farm Bill cuts $16.5 billion from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, commonly known as “Food Stamps”), which provides nutrition assistance to millions of low-income individuals. Some in Congress have suggested that food banks and privately run charities can make up the difference, but the leader of the nation's largest network of food banks disagrees.
"If these cuts to SNAP are passed, the food banks in Feeding America’s network will be even more overwhelmed with people seeking food assistance. The food pantries, soup kitchens, and other organizations that are served by Feeding America are already stretched to the limit," said Vicki Escarra, president and CEO of Feeding America. "Proposed cuts would mean that some low-income Americans may literally go without food."
Feeding America already saw a forty-six percent increase in clients served from 2006 to 2010. At the same time, food banks across the country have seen a nearly thirty percent decline in federal commodity donations from 2010 to 2011 due to strong agriculture markets.
“I know that in the heart of every American there is a desire to see their neighbor succeed,” Escarra said. “That’s what charities do; they help their neighbors when they need it. Nutrition programs, like SNAP, are the federal share of that responsibility, and we strongly oppose efforts to cut SNAP.”
Feeding America is a charitable partner of The Hunger Site and a beneficiary of the "Click Here to Give" program.