July 20, 2011

Statement Attributable to Vicki Escarra, President and CEO of Feeding America:


"As budget negotiations continue in Washington, we commend Senators Saxby Chambliss of Georgia, Tom Coburn of Oklahoma, Kent Conrad of North Dakota, Mike Crapo of Idaho, Dick Durbin of Illinois and Mark Warner of Virginia for recognizing the importance of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and specifically protecting it from cuts in their budget proposal.


"With unemployment continuing to hover above nine percent nationally and one in six Americans facing hunger, federal nutrition assistance programs like SNAP are more important than ever.


"SNAP has been proven to be an effective and efficient program, helping to assure that millions of Americans receive adequate nutrition.


"While we all agree that we need to get our nations' fiscal house in order, deficit reduction shouldn't come at the expense of struggling families, children and seniors. Feeding America strongly urges our nation's leaders to protect nutrition assistance programs from cuts, and we look forward to seeing additional details of their budget as it relates to our work helping to feed Americans at risk of hunger."


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