Attributed to Diana Aviv, CEO of Feeding America
“Feeding America is saddened by the passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and its impact on individuals and families facing hunger in every community across our country.
“This legislation fails to relieve the tax burden on people most at risk of facing hunger, decimates charitable giving and puts critical federal nutrition programs that stem hunger at risk. The devastating boomerang effect will be a reduced ability to provide needed food assistance to hungry individuals and families. Legislation that provides $5 trillion in tax cuts without prioritizing Americans who need help most is unacceptable.
“As the nation’s largest private response to domestic hunger and the country’s third largest charitable* organization, Feeding America works to advance public policies that support food insecure individuals and families and that expand the resources necessary for them to access nutritious food. Given that the aggregate annual food budget shortfall for all food-insecure individuals in the United States now stands at more than $22.25 billion, our highest priority is protecting the federal nutrition programs that help these families access the resources and nutrition needed to succeed.”
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*Feeding America is the third largest charity, according to Forbes on December 13, 2017.
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Feeding America® is the largest hunger-relief organization in the United States. Through a network of 200 food banks and 60,000 food pantries and meal programs, we provide meals to more than 40 million people each year. Feeding America also supports programs that prevent food waste and 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. Visit www.feedingamerica.org, find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.