Feeding America Responds To Failure Of Farm Bill To Pass House
STATEMENT ATTRIBUTABLE TO BOB AIKEN, PRESIDENT AND CEO OF FEEDING AMERICA
June 20, 2013
“Today the House of Representatives failed to approve its farm bill legislation by a vote of 195 to 234, marking a significant victory for the millions of American who live at risk of hunger.
“Members of Congress heard from their constituents loud and clear that the proposed cuts of $21 billion to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program were unacceptable.
“The cuts would have caused 2 million individuals to lose food assistance entirely and 850,000 households to see their food benefits cut by an average $90 per month. Additionally, the bill would have cut free school meals for 210,000 low-income children.
“As members of Congress regroup in the days and weeks ahead, Feeding America urges our leaders to listen to their constituents and abandon efforts to cut SNAP.
“We look forward to working with Congress to draft and pass a farm bill that protects and strengthens nutrition assistance for vulnerable, low-income families.”
About Feeding America
Feeding America is a nationwide network of 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/. Find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/FeedingAmerica or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/FeedingAmerica.