Bread for the World Joins Members of Congress and Other Anti-Hunger Organizations in Opposing SNAP Cuts
Washington, DC, May 16, 2013
Bread for the World joined members of Congress and representatives from other anti-hunger organizations on Capitol Hill today in a press conference to oppose severe cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly food stamps) proposed in the farm bill. Following is a statement by Bread for the World’s director of government relations, Eric Mitchell, who represented the organization at today’s event:
“Bread for the World is disappointed with the legislation that the House Agriculture Committee voted on yesterday. This bill cuts $21 billion from SNAP, reduces benefits for more than 1 million people, and kicks nearly 2 million more people out of the program completely. Any legislation that hurts so many Americans is bad policy and must be defeated. We are asking the 6,000 church bodies that support us to contact their members of Congress and urge them to vote against this legislation when it reaches the House Floor.
“There are some in Congress who believe that churches should pick up the slack. Congregations across the country have done just that—answering calls of service by feeding, clothing, and providing shelter for those in need. However, the reality is that the federal government provides 23 times as much food assistance as does private charity. Churches do not have the capacity to feed all of the hungry people. We are not saying the government should do it alone, but neither should churches and charities.
“If the House farm bill becomes law with these drastic cuts, millions will lose food assistance at a time when American families are struggling with long-term unemployment or reduced wages. Now is not the time for Congress to turn its back on hungry people.”
Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio), Rep. James McGovern (D-Mass.), Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.), Rep. Gwen Moore (D-Wisc.), and Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) also spoke at the press conference. Members of Congress were joined by representatives from Feeding America, the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC), Share our Strength, Bread for the World, Mazon, and Catholic Charities USA.
Mitchell concluded, “We thank all of the congressional leaders who are working tirelessly to ensure that nutrition programs for our most vulnerable remain protected. We know that you have a difficult task, but the faith community is behind you.”
Bread for the World is a collective Christian voice urging our nation's decision makers to end hunger at home and abroad.
Kristen Y. Archer, Media Relations Manager, 202-688-1118
Fito Moreno, Media Relations Specialist, 202-688-1138