Feeding America Responds To New Poverty Numbers

September 17, 2013

"Today the U.S. Census Bureau reported that 15 percent of the nation's population – 46.5 million people – is living in poverty. The report also found that nearly 22 percent of all American children live in poverty. The poverty threshold for a family of three in 2012 was $18,284.

"We know that more and more people are seeking help from Feeding America's network of food banks to feed themselves and their families.

"With 1 in 7 Americans living at or below poverty, it is no surprise that 1 in 7 Americans are also enrolled in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, commonly known as Food Stamps.) The dire circumstances of so many families in every state and county across our nation also provide stark evidence that cuts should not be made to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

"The U.S. House of Representatives is scheduled to vote this week on a proposed $40 billion cut to SNAP. Under this proposed legislation, over four million individuals would lose their SNAP benefits entirely, 850,000 households would lose an average $90 per month in SNAP benefits, and 210,000 children would lose free school meals.

"We hope that today's report will remind members of the House that millions of Americans are still struggling to provide for their most basic needs, and that SNAP should be protected so that it may continue to provide vital nutrition assistance for millions of low-income Americans."


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