Attributed to Kate Leone, Chief Government Relations Officer
“Feeding America is concerned by the return of the America's Harvest Box proposal in the president’s fiscal year 2020 budget as well as hundreds of billions in cuts to federal nutrition program budgets, including $220 billion in cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and $1.7 billion in cuts to child nutrition programs. Less than three months ago, Congress overwhelmingly passed and the president signed the 2018 Farm Bill—bipartisan legislation that maintained the proven structure of SNAP. Retailers, anti-hunger experts, and economists agree that SNAP works to help people put food on the table while boosting local economies.
“While we await details on this year’s specific proposal, we know that the provisions in last year’s budget would have partially replaced the efficient EBT program that allows SNAP participants to shop in their communities with an unworkable bureaucracy. We look forward to analyzing the specific details of the current proposals and the broader budget document when they are released next week and anticipate engaging with policymakers about the budget’s impact on food insecure individuals and families.”
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Feeding America® is the largest hunger-relief organization in the United States. Through a network of more than 200 food banks, 21 statewide food bank associations, and over 60,000 partner agencies, food pantries and meal programs, we helped provide 5.3 billion meals to tens of millions of people in need last year. Feeding America also supports programs that prevent food waste and improve food security among the people we serve; brings attention to the social and systemic barriers that contribute to food insecurity in our nation; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry. Visit www.feedingamerica.org, find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.