The Current version of the House Agriculture Committee's Farm Bill cuts $16.5 billion from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, commonly known as"Food Stamps"), which provides nutrition assistance to millions of low-income individuals.
The proposed cuts would remove two to three million individuals from the SNAP program; an additional 500,000 households would have their SNAP benefits cut by an average $90 per month; and nearly 300,000 children would lose their free school meals.
"What will households do to make up for this loss in food assistance? The vast majority of SNAP recipients have extremely low incomes – 20 percent of these households have no income at all. If these cuts to SNAP are passed, the food banks in Feeding America's network will be even more overwhelmed with people seeking food assistance. The food pantries, soup kitchens, and other organizations that are served by Feeding America are already stretched to the limit," said Vicki Escarra, president and CEO of Feeding America."Proposed cuts would mean that some low-income Americans may literally go without food."
The SNAP program is the first line of defense for low income Americans living at risk of hunger.
"I know that in the heart of every American there is a desire to see their neighbor succeed," Escarra said."That's what charities do; they help their neighbors when they need it. Nutrition programs, like SNAP, are the federal share of that responsibility, and we strongly oppose efforts to cut SNAP."
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