Statement Attributable to Diana Aviv, CEO of Feeding America:
“Feeding America, the nation’s largest hunger-relief organization, strongly supports the findings of the White House hunger report Long-Term Benefits of The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, which was released this week.
“Feeding America is a network of 198 food banks that provide food and groceries to more than 46 million low-income Americans each year.
“The study reinforces the critical role that SNAP plays not just improving food insecurity but also providing long-term health, education and economic benefits. With food insecurity clearly linked to lower overall health, delayed development and behavioral problems for children, and decreased mobility for the elderly, SNAP is a smart investment that pays long lasting dividends.
“The report also concludes something that we in the hunger-relief arena have known for years: SNAP benefits are often too low to sustain a household for an entire month. We see a significant spike in the numbers of people showing up for help at the food pantries and meal programs we serve during the third week of any given month, when they have exhausted their SNAP benefits.
“This report presents reinforces that SNAP is working effectively to reduce food insecurity and poverty and to improve the health and well-being of vulnerable people.
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Feeding America is the nationwide network of 200 food banks that leads the fight against hunger in the United States. Together, we provide food to more than 46 million people through 60,000 food pantries and meal programs in communities across America. Feeding America also supports programs that improve food security among the people we serve; educates the public about the problem of hunger; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry. Individuals, charities, businesses and government all have a role in ending hunger. Donate. Volunteer. Advocate. Educate. Together we can solve hunger. Visit www.feedingamerica.org, find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.