Bread for the World Outraged by Cuts to Anti-Hunger Program
April 18, 2012
Bread for the World is infuriated by the House Agriculture Committee’s decision today to slash the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly food stamps) by more than $35 billion.
“Cuts to SNAP, particularly at a time of continued high unemployment and unprecedented need for food assistance, are a moral outrage,” said Rev. David Beckmann, president of Bread for the World. “SNAP is working exactly as intended. It has grown to meet increased need and is expected to decrease to pre-recession levels as the economy recovers.”
Some House Agriculture Committee members argued that churches should be responsible for feeding hungry people. If the Committee decides to cut SNAP by an additional $133 billion as directed by the House Budget Committee, it would be devastating for hungry and poor Americans and would put a huge burden on churches and charities by about $50,000 a year per congregation.
“America’s churches are already doing their fair share and today’s action amounts to telling every congregation -- big and small – that they need to come up with $50,000 a year to make up for these most recent cuts,” added Beckmann.
Bread for the World recently launched its 2012 Offering of Letters campaign, which urges members of Congress to create a circle of protection around programs for hungry and poor people in this country and abroad. Within this broader campaign are four mini-campaigns that address specific legislative topics: domestic nutrition, poverty-focused foreign assistance, tax policy, and international food aid.
Bread for the World is a collective Christian voice urging our nation’s decision makers to end hunger at home and abroad.