Joint Statement from Anti-Hunger Groups on $40 Billion Cuts to SNAP

     Joint Statement from Anti-Hunger Groups on $40 Billion Cuts to SNAP

PR Newswire

WASHINGTON, Sept. 18, 2013

WASHINGTON, Sept. 18, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- House Agriculture
Committee Chairman Frank Lucas (R-OK) introduced legislation this week to
slash approximately $39 billion from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance
Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps), which helps struggling families
keep food on their tables. This measure would throw several million low-income
Americans off SNAP and also cause more than 200,000 children to lose access to
the free and reduced-price school meals that provide them with basic nutrition
at school. This legislation comes just one month before an across-the-board
cut for every family on SNAP takes effect on November 1^st.

Leading anti-hunger organizations - Bread for the World, the Center on Budget
and Policy Priorities, Feeding America, MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger,
and Share Our Strength – have joined together with this statement:

"We are deeply concerned about the magnitude and impact these cuts would have
for our most vulnerable citizens. As national organizations working to help
those struggling with hunger, we know that this proposed legislation will lead
to literally billions of lost meals in the coming years for poor families and
more hunger and hardship.

The bill contains a number of extremely troubling provisions that ignore the
reality that millions of Americans continue to struggle in the current
economy. Unemployment remains above seven percent and there are still three
jobless workers for every job opening. Rather than help unemployed workers who
have been hit hardest by the recent economic downturn, this bill would
penalize many of those who can't find jobs by throwing them off SNAP. It would
end the ability of governors to waive SNAP's harsh three-month time limit for
unemployed childless adults, regardless of high unemployment and future
economic downturns. It would also give states an unprecedented incentive to
kick people off the program by denying benefits to large numbers of low-income
people who want to work but cannot find a job and allowing states to keep half
the savings to use however they want — whether on tax breaks or to plug budget
holes.

Let's be clear: This legislation will increase hunger in America. These cuts
will hurt our most vulnerable — 92% of people on SNAP are kids, the elderly,
disabled, or already working. Already stretched charitable organizations,
including churches and food banks, cannot fill such a gap.

These cuts will have long-term costs for society that outweigh any short-term
savings. Not only is SNAP our most powerful and effective tool to combat
hunger, it is also a long-term investment in America's future. According to
data released by the Census Bureau this week, SNAP lifted 4 million people
above the official poverty line in 2012. Ensuring that our fellow citizens
have enough to eat isn't just the right thing to do; it's the smart thing to
do. Children get the healthy food they need, so they learn more at school and
avoid long-term developmental and health problems. Low-wage workers can feed
their families even when working full-time at the minimum wage leaves them in
poverty. And local economies are strengthened, benefiting farmers, food
manufacturers, and grocery stores across the country.In other words, cutting
SNAP will hurt educational attainment, increase health care costs, and
threaten jobs across the country.We urge Congress to oppose this legislation
and to adhere to Washington's long-standing bipartisan commitment to protect
SNAP.

About Bread for the World:
Bread for the World is a collective Christian voice urging our nation's
decision makers to end hunger at home and abroad.By changing policies,
programs, and conditions that allow hunger and poverty to persist, Bread
provides help and opportunity far beyond the communities that we live in.We
can end hunger in our time.Everyone, including our government, must do their
part.For more information, please visit www.bread.org.

About Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities is a nonprofit, nonpartisan
research organization and policy institute that conducts research and analysis
on a range of government policies and programs.It is supported primarily by
foundation grants.

About Feeding America
Feeding America is a nationwide network of more than 200 food banks that leads
the fight against hunger in the United States. Together, we provide food to
more than 37 million people through 61,000 food pantries, soup kitchens, and
shelters in communities across America. Feeding America also supports programs
that 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. Individuals, charities, businesses and government
all have a role in ending hunger. Donate. Volunteer. Advocate. Educate.
Together we can solve hunger. Visit http://www.feedingamerica.org/.

About MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger
MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger is working to end hunger among people of
all faiths and backgrounds in the United States and Israel. For more
information, please visit mazon.org.

About Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry campaign
No child should grow up hungry in America, but one in five children struggles
with hunger. Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry^® campaign is ending childhood
hunger in America by ensuring all children get the healthy food they need,
every day. The No Kid Hungry campaign connects kids in need to effective
nutrition programs like school breakfast and summer meals and teaches
low-income families to cook healthy, affordable meals through its Cooking
Matters program. This work is accomplished through the No Kid Hungry network,
made up of private citizens, public officials, nonprofits, business leaders
and others providing innovative hunger solutions in their communities. The No
Kid Hungry campaign's work to increase summer meals participation is
generously supported by national sponsor the Arby's Foundation and Sodexo
Foundation.Join us atNoKidHungry.org.

Contact:
Bread for the World: Fito Moreno | 202-688-1138 | amoreno@bread.org
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities: Regan Lachappelle | 202-408-1080 |
lachapelle@cbpp.org
Feeding America: Ross Fraser | 312.641.6422 | rfraser@feedingamerica.org
MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger: Michelle Stuffmann | 424-208-7203 |
mstuffmann@mazon.org
Share Our Strength: Kelli Windsor | 202-478-6553 | kwindsor@strength.org

SOURCE Feeding America

Website: http://www.feedingamerica.org
 
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