"Earlier today, the House Budget Committee released its Fiscal Year 2015 budget proposal, which makes severe cuts to hunger-relief programs. The House and Senate came together in a bipartisan fashion to pass a two-year budget agreement in December 2013, so it is disappointing to see the Committee offer a partisan proposal instead of building upon that agreement and working together to make progress against hunger.
"Federal poverty reduction policy should promote opportunity and economic mobility. Feeding America strongly believes that we can provide a stong safety net that protects individuals from hunger while at the same time supporting policies that promote individual self-sufficiency.
"The House Budget Committee is resurrecting proposals that have already been considered and rejected by Congress. The proposed changes would convert the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program into a "block grant" program and restrict or eliminate states' flexibility to adjust the program to match local economic conditions as well as coordinate SNAP with other low-income programs like TANF and LIHEAP. The result would be lost food assistance for millions of low-income individuals across the country.
"With nearly 50 million people in our country at risk of hunger, Feeding America urges Congress to begin a real dialog to identify bipartisan solutions to end hunger and create opportunity for low-income families."
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