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House Agriculture Committe keeps cuts to food assistance

The House Agriculture Committee kept more than $35 billion in cuts to food and farm programs in the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management (FARRM) Act passed out of committee with a vote of 35 to 11. Rep. Martha Fudge and others fought to reduce the cuts impacting the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly the food stamp program) as shown in this video:

A number of charities providing assistance to the poor in America met in DC to protest these cuts earlier this week.

"These cuts are terrible news for hungry and poor Americans who are struggling to put food on the table," said Rev. David Beckmann, president of Bread for the World. "We are disappointed that efforts to restore SNAP funding were unsuccessful, but applaud House members who fought to save these vital programs."

The bill also cuts international food aid quality programs by more than ninety-five percent. Last year, 66 million people suffering in food emergencies around the world depended on U.S. food aid.

The 2008 Farm Bill authorized Hunger-Free Communities grants, which support ending hunger at the community level. Last month, the Senate passed its version of the farm bill, with fewer cuts in food programs than the House version. The House and Senate must reach a compromise before Sept. 30, which is when the current farm bill expires.

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Let the House know how you feel about cutting food assistance to those in need. Sign the SNAP petition here.

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