Statement Attributable to Vicki Escarra, President and CEO of Feeding America

“While we recognize the challenge of drafting a Farm Bill in a climate of deficit reduction, Feeding America is deeply disappointed that the Senate Agriculture Committee proposes to cut the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) when the need for food assistance remains at unprecedented levels. We strongly oppose proposed cuts to nutrition programs and instead urge Congress to draft a Farm Bill that protects and strengthens programs like SNAP and TEFAP.

“With unemployment stuck at over 8% nationally, millions of families scraping by with reduced wages or hours, and the charitable system stretched to the breaking point, cuts to SNAP would add further hardship for struggling families and communities across the country.