FOR RELEASE: May 16, 2013
CONTACT: Stephanie Niedringhaus, 202-347-9797 x224, firstname.lastname@example.org
Washington DC: NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice lobby, today issued the following statement concerning congressional action to cut funding for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program:
Both the House and the Senate Agriculture Committees are making wrong-hearted decisions as they each mark up a farm bill with significant cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, commonly known as food stamps). This is the programs that:
In their attempts to reduce the deficit, House and Senate members need to focus on areas of the farm bill that can be further cut without increasing hunger and endangering the wellbeing of our children – our hope for a healthy future.
Corporations, including those profiting from food production and international sales, take advantage of loopholes to pay little or no federal taxes. These sources should be tapped rather than placing further burdens on families who struggle to put food on their tables.
The Hebrew Scriptures call us to feed even our enemies if they are hungry: “If your enemies are hungry, give them to eat; and if they are thirsty, give them water to drink.” (Proverbs 25:21) We must be responsible for providing for our children and those who are unable to provide for themselves.
Further, Matthew relates Jesus’s call to us to care for those in need: “for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink” (Mt 25:25). That is the Gospel call.