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:
- Keeps millions of our community members from going hungry (over 25% of our children receive food support through SNAP, and the school meals connected to SNAP eligibility)
- Puts $1.79 into local communities for every dollar of SNAP spending
- Lifts nearly four million Americans out of poverty (1.2 million more in February 2013 than in February 2012)
- Is the most effective, efficient source of assistance to people who are unemployed or under-employed, or those facing emergency situations such as hurricanes, floods or tornadoes
- Keeps children healthy (a recent study showed that children in families receiving SNAP were more likely to be classified as “well” than those in eligible families who did not receive SNAP).
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 childre