Feeding America today warned that the sequestration cuts scheduled to take place on March 1 will have devastating consequences for low-income Americans living in food-insecure households. Feeding America is the nation's largest domestic hunger-relief organization, providing food and groceries to more than 37 million Americans each year through more than 200 member food banks and the 61,000 food pantries and soup kitchens they serve.
Discretionary programs that are subject to sequestration would see a projected 5 percent reduction in funds for the remainder of fiscal year 2013. Nutrition programs that would face this automatic cut include:
"If the sequestration cuts take place on March 1, low-income Americans will be among the hardest hit. These cuts will literally take food away from babies, hot meals away from home-bound seniors, and hamper the ability of our nation's food banks to get food to hungry people in their communities," said Bob Aiken, president and CEO of Feeding America."We cannot allow the health and well-being of our most vulnerable citizens to be put at risk."
Several important low-income safety net nutrition programs are exempt from the across the board cuts, including The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP), mandatory USDA commodities, The Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP), and child nutrition programs (except special milk).
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