June 19, 2012

Feeding America today expressed disappointment with the House Appropriations Committee's vote to make significant cuts to funding for programs that provide food to low-income seniors and help food banks distribute food to needy families in their communities.

"As our nation struggles to emerge from the worst recession in decades, millions of Americans today face often heart-breaking challenges providing themselves and their families with three meals a day. Many of the food banks in Feeding America's network are stretched thin – serving more people and providing more food than ever before in communities all across our country. We know that 1 in 6 Americans is food insecure and 1 in 8 Americans will turn to Feeding America for help this year," said Vicki Escarra, president and CEO of Feeding America."We certainly understand that our leaders need to make tough decisions about reducing federal spending, but cutting programs that provide food to our poorest and most vulnerable citizens is not the right way to get our nation's fiscal house in order."

A nearly $14 million reduction in funding, as compared to the FY2013 Agriculture Appropriations bill passed by the Senate Appropriations Committee in April, will mean that approximately 55,000 people would have to be cut from the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP). This critical program provides boxes of essential food items to low-income Americans, mostly seniors, who have a household income of less than $14,600 annually.

The Committee also calls for cuts of more than $2.3 million, as compared to the Senate Appropriations Committee passed bill, to funds which support storage and distribution for The Emergency Food Assistance Program. This cut will make it more difficult for food banks to provide emergency food resources to those in need.


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