What is the Fiscal Cliff?

November 27, 2012
by Feeding America

Whenever I have questions about Public Policy, I talk to my friend and colleague Brett Weisel, Director of Advocacy. With all the talk of the "Fiscal Cliff" in the news - I needed a little more clarification.

What is the Fiscal Cliff?

The "Fiscal Cliff" is a term that refers to a combination of expiring tax cuts and automatic budget cuts that will go into effect early next year. Failing to address the Fiscal Cliff could have a drastic impact on the economy.

How does the fiscal cliff affect people struggling with hunger?

One of the ways Congress is looking to save money is by cutting hunger-relief programs, which will make it more difficult for families to put food on the table. This includes cutting funding to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP or food stamps) which helps 47 million people struggling with hunger, nearly half of which are children.

What can I do to help?

Call your member of Congress and tell them to protect these programs! Tomorrow is a National Call-in Day so we need everyone to stand against cutting programs that help put food on the table for low-income families. Make sure to make your voice heard and together we can solve hunger.

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