Statement attributed to Vince Hall, Chief Government Relations Officer
“Feeding America urges Congress to pass legislation raising the debt limit without conditions. If the U.S. defaults on its debt, the severe economic consequences will increase the need for food assistance at a time when America’s food banks are already struggling to meet persistently high demand while facing increased costs, ongoing supply disruptions and decreased food donations.
“Feeding America also urges Congress to strengthen and enhance the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) as part of a bipartisan farm bill that will help families and farmers by improving critical nutrition and agriculture programs. Congress must also invest in programs that help create pathways out of poverty, such as job training, workforce housing and affordable child care.
“We urge Congress to pass a clean debt ceiling bill. ”
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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 5.2 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.